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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Life Coaching Tips For the Unresolved New Year's Resolution Moving Personal Business Goals Action Forward

The month of January is coming to a close, how are your New Year's resolutions going or are they gone? Sometimes we can make our life too difficult. We plan to make a change in our life and immediately we rush to our local bookstore to purchase each and every self -help book available on the topic.

Are you a self-help book expert?

What you need to be to make any change in your life, be it weight loss, career change, or relationship adjustment is a Self Expert. Yes you have to know you. Change comes from within and even though this may all sound a little "New Agey" it was Socrates who said,"Know thy Self." Self help books are great and contain a plethora of hints and suggestions all of which are useless until you take action

1.Know Yourself
2.Take Action

Three steps that will help move you in reaching, achieving and maintaining your goals.

For further information for you, your business or your employees please contact me.

Coach Phyllis

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Year's Check In. Life Coaching Activities to Getting Things Done

Phyllis Reardon M.Ed
Life Coach

Three weeks in, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolution? Do you have your 2010 plan in place?

Much of our work and life stress comes from procrastinating. Thoughts like ‘why do today what you can put of until tomorrow,’ abound in our life and work place. I am a recovering procrastinator and know only too well the torment that comes with that ‘’P’ word.

A book that I often recommend to my clients, is David Allen’s book, ‘Getting Things Done.’ Allen’s approach to what he calls the art of stress free productivity works equally as well in everyday life as it does in the workplace.

One very important feature of Allen’s process is Weekly reviews, checking in on a weekly basis to ensure you are on track with your goals and action steps.

More often than not we look for Magic Bullet, let’s get it straight right now, there is no magic bullet. In order to defeat that persistent nemeses, the Procrastinator, we need to plan on getting things done.

So if after three weeks you are feeling a little disheartened over your lack of progress with the 2010 goals you set, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and look at the week ahead. Take it one week at a time. Remember there are 168 hours in a week.

1. Write out your weekly list.
2. Break the list into the smallest action steps possible.
3. Define the actions in terms of hours.
4. As you get things done, check them off.
5. Keep a written or e-copy of your weekly goals for quick review and focus.
6. Focusing on the goals is key to success so keep the list in the forefront of your thoughts.
7.Focus by making the Weekly list highly visible. Place in front of you so you view it many times a day.
8. Focus brings attention.
9. Attention brings action.
10. Action helps in getting things done!

If the Procrastinator is your nemeses and you would like help with getting things done, please email me.

Coach Phyllis

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Life Work Balance. Are You Making It Work? Activities for Life Coaching

Good morning, well we are just about 2 weeks into the new decade, feeling balanced?

Last week I attended a Cirque Du Soleil show and was in awe of the balancing acts that were performed.I couldn't help but think about the amount of practice that went into this balancing act and the question came to mind, could we achieve such balance in Life and Work?

The answer I believe is yes but we too need to practice to create that Work Life balance. What I noticed is that each of the performers got their own act perfected before working with others. Can we learn from that? Do we need to focus on balance in our own life before we can feel the balance between work and life? Where do we start?

Planning, planning planning.

Questions to Direct Life Work Balance

1. What do I want in life this week, this month?
2. What do I have to do to make this happen?
3. What are my responsiblities in life and work?
4. Am I true to these responsibilities?
5. What else can I do to create the balance?
6. Are there adjustments I can make in my actions, attitude?
7. Am I being honest with myself?
8. What can I do today to feel better about my work?
9. What will the balnced life work look like?
10. Am I kind to myself? Do I reward myself when I accomplish tasks?

Life is not easy. It can seem very much like a balancing act, so why not develop the Balancing Skills to walk that tight rope?

Check my next blog or articles for Life Work Balance Activities.

Have a great day!

Coach Phyllis

Monday, January 4, 2010

Life Coaching Activities for Successful New Year's Resolutions or Life/Work Changes

What is it about a New Year that causes us to reflect, rethink, re-evaluate, re-work our life and work?

We all want to achieve and be successful, that's just apart of being human. But we don't always have the skills to bring about that success. As a New Year's gift I offer you some simple, time tested skills or steps to make your re-work, work.

1. Set goals. Write them down. Make them do-able and appropriate to you.

2. Next break each of these goals into action steps. Very small steps. As many as you can.

3. Now set realistic time lines for these actions.

4. Hold yourself accountable. Display your plan. Place in an area so you can see daily.Tell a trusted friend. All of these help to keep you accountable.

5. Persist! Persist! This is key and where most people slip, fall and stay down. Recognize that there will be speed bumps along the way, even possible parking spots. Slow down, pull over but continue when you are ready. Don't give up.

6. Focus on your wins. Every step completed no matter how small is a win.

7. Reward you self. The reward system works.

Most of all you must truly desire your outcome. Really want the change to happen.

All the best with your life changes.

Coach Phyllis