Sunday Blessings

Sit back relax then Lean in

~ Reflect – Let go – Begin – Again ~

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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This Is Your Brain On Spring Fever

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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The First Step Clearly Defines What It Is You’re After

I had a moment of Clarity last week. It came when I was going through the clutter in my office that had accumulated in the past few days, trying to get ready for another work week of building relationships, scheduling my content for my blog, deciding what flyer to send to the printer, and the many other things solo business owners must get done.

My moment came when I realized that finishing my book has been front and center in my thoughts and dreams. So, I made the first step – after I organized a few weekly business content and information. I then made a home for all my “Book Stuff” – I put it out in the open (not hiding in the back of the closet) to access, to write notes, to start my research and interviews.

It was a small step – but a step none the less!

What’s your first step?

 

Whatever your first step is

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Motivational Monday!

This is an area I struggle with at times – I look around to admire and see the WORK of others, when I know that it’s inside of me too . . . I just need to put in THE WORK!

Sometimes you just need to let go of all the expectations you had for yourself up to this point, stop beating yourself up about where you are not – and celebrate where you are right now . . . this very moment.

Because if you’re reading this you’re seeing, you’re breathing, you’re moving, you’re thinking. Wow, that’s a great place to start – great place for us to start.

Right where we are  in this very moment.

I want to see everyone’s hard work out there today, I know I have some AWESOME people following me on this blog that are doing unique and authentic work . . . Let’s Show The World Our Work!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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8 Tips for Time Management Tuesday

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Time is precious, especially when it comes to running your own small business. Yet there are never more than 24 hours in a day. Some entrepreneurs respond to this fact of life with focus and purpose. Others freak out!

Are you the type to freak out? You don’t have to be. With the right plan of attack, you can work efficiently, productively, and relatively stress-free.

Here are eight tips for effectively managing your time:

1. Know your goals.

Make sure you’re engaging in activities that support your short and long term business goals. Everything else has the ability to be time-waster. Your daily plan should revolve around working on tasks and activities that directly relate to generating income and growing your business.

2. Prioritize wisely.

Stephen Covey, co-author of First Things First, offers an organizational tool for your to-do list based on how important and urgent tasks are:

  • Important and urgent — Tasks that must be done. Do them right away.
  • Important but not urgent — Tasks that appear important, but upon closer examination aren’t. Decide when to do them.
  • Urgent but not important — Tasks that make the most commotion but when accomplished, have little or no lasting value. Delegate these if possible.
  • Not urgent and not important — Tasks that are low-priority stuff that offer the illusion of ‘just looking busy” Do them later.

Write down your three or four important and urgent tasks that must be addressed today. As you complete each one, check it off your list. This will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and can motivate you to tackle less essential items.

3. Just say no.

You’re the boss – Just say no! If you have to decline a request in order to attend to what’s truly important and urgent, do not hesitate to do so. The same goes for any projects or activities that you’ve decided are headed nowhere: Be prepared to move on to more productive tasks.

4. Plan ahead

One of the worst things you can do is jump into the workday with no clear idea about what needs to get done. The time you spend thinking ahead and planning your activities is unimportant compared with the time you’ll lose jumping from one thing to the next with rarely completing anything. Try these options:

  • The night before — At the end of the day, take 15 minutes to clear your desk and put together a list of the next day’s most pressing tasks. It’s a great stress release technique, and you’ll feel better sitting down at a clean desk in the morning.
  • First thing in the morning — Arrive a few minutes early and assemble your prioritized to-do list. This may prove to be the most productive part of your day.

5. Eliminate distractions.

Start paying attention to the number of times someone interrupts you when you’re in the middle of an important task. Track self-induced interruptions, too, particularly those of the social media variety. Your smartphone is extremely useful, but it’s also addictive and among the most sneaky time-wasters known to mankind. It may take an exercise in will power, but shut the door and turn off your phone to maximize your time. Make sure you plan a break in the day to catch up on email, call people back, talk with staff.

6. Delegate more often.

If you’ve done your job of hiring talented, dedicated employees, there’s always more work that could be delegated to staff leaving less on your desk. Running a successful small business depends upon the owner’s ability to think about what lies ahead and not get lost in day-to-day operations.

7. Watch what you spend.

How many productive minutes are you packing in each week? Use a simple time sheet log to quickly and easily clock in and out of various tasks or projects throughout the day. Then generate real-time report to see exactly where you’re spending your most valuable “prime time” — and where it’s being wasted.

8. Take care of yourself.

Be sure to get plenty of sleep, exercise and drink plenty of water. An alert mind is a high-functioning mind and one that’s less tolerant of time-wasting activities.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Fast Five Fridays

grace-changes-everything~ Grace Notes

  1. Living Areas: Determine what your focal point will be – if you don’t have a fireplace, consider a high piece (art canvas picture, decorative tray, or a grouping) to focus your attention and draw you into the room.
  2. Dining Place: Recall your favorite restaurant. Besides the good food, what was it about the ambience that spoke to you that you can recreate in your dining place at home?
  3. Kitchens: Hang a collection of various baskets (use nails without heads – 1.5” brads). Use the baskets for bread, fruit, napkins, and utensils. Be creative and artful when arranging them on the wall.
  4. Homework / Study Area: When we study, we love to lean back in our chair and put our feet up on a footstool (choose one with storage). A stool can also be a convenient place to rest a snack tray.
  5. Bedroom: Always have fresh-cut flowers or flowering plants to create an indoor garden for your private sanctuary. Grab a few bouquets of store-bought fresh flowers, separate them and create a bunch of small bouquets to place throughout the bedrooms – all year-long.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Looking For Brighter Surroundings?

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Are you in need of some lightness during these dark cold days of winter?

Here are 5 Grace Notes to help bring clarity and lightness into your home~

Grace Notes:

1. Accessorize – it’s what separates us all!home assessories

Be smart about accessories. Accent pillows in a bold color or pattern, a bright-colored or white throw blanket and colorful fixtures will brighten up an otherwise dull room during the winter. For example, the palette of Mauve and Copper is a wonderful way to add lightness & brightness to your home in the winter months.

 

2. Don’t let your Rugs just lay there!

area rug 3Does your area rug make the room brighter? If you have a dark rug, there’s a good chance it makes the room a little too dark in the winter. Try changing it out with a lighter area rug for the season or just remove it for a few months to let your shiny hardwoods reflect natural light.

3. Declutter . . . and Discover!

declutter home 2Clutter can make a room look smaller and even darker than it should be. This winter, take just 10 minutes a day to declutter an area at a time to stay organized.

4. Create brightness with Fresh Flowers

fresh flowers 3Fresh flowers add a pop of color and life to an otherwise dark and dull space. Brighten up your living room this winter with a vase of bright flowers and use a colorful arrangement to bring a fresh look to a kitchen or bathroom. Purchase bouquets of store bought flowers and let your light shine through the home!

5. Use Mirrors . . . in the right places!

mirrors to decorateHang a mirror to help fill a room with natural light and make it brighter. To do this, hang a mirror opposite a window or sliding glass door so the light bounces off the mirror and floods the space.

I hope my Grace Notes brings Reorder ~ Refresh ~ Renew feelings to your home this winter season.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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How a Question Can Inspire A New Movement

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My new trend to start tomorrow would be a Walking Network Meeting Club ~ not meeting for a breakfast – not meeting for coffee – not another meeting where everyone is sitting around, no more of that for morning meetings! I would like to start this trend with the Women Small Business Owners in my local area. Every week, we meet at a new Walking Meeting Place for what I would call a Walk & Talk where we discuss about business problems . . . but ALWAYS ending the walk with solutions for the week. This trend I have had in my business journal since July 1998  – stay tuned a trend could be developing with the blossom coming soon!

I would love to read everyone else’s trends – It’s a new year of beginnings . . . . . . .

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl