Category “Time Management”

Where are you, in the moment?

Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

I know it’s been too long when I forget my login info for a sec! Yikes… where is February going? I feel like the first part of the year is flying by, especially when my classes start heading into mid-terms (though we do work on a different schedule in part-time studies to other school terms)…

I also know it’s been too long when I see all the updates I have to do to all my WordPress systems! Sigh… Wouldn’t it be nice to have an update button for life? You could just hit a download button and be instantly up to date on everything… that is something I would pay for 🙂

Communication Workshops and Training

On a different note, I’m really looking this year to do a lot more workshops and in-house training, so if anyone is looking for help with updating their own or their staff’s communication skills (especially in the realm of presentations and business writing), then let me know.

Next month, I am going to be doing another Cover Letter and Resume workshop for Wired Woman, so if you are looking for help updating your current resume and getting it job-ready, or if you need tips on how to write a cover letter that gets you noticed in a positive way, then check out the Wired Woman website for more details and to register.

Time, Time, Time…

The important thing with time is to remember that you can either fill it with things that satisfy you, or things that, at the time, seem great, but in fact leave you with the feeling that you wasted your day. Sometimes it is hard to know the difference in the moment, but it’s really important to do what gives you energy, and what fulfills you, each day.

All this means I have to make a note for myself to spend more time writing and updating my blog!

Geraldine

Getting Back to Basics

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

One of the hardest things after a long break is getting back into one’s routine… a new year, a new set of goals, but also the usual day-to-day responsibilities, and of course, work.

The plus side of a wonderful holiday is that it ideally gives you the energy and kick-start one needs to get going in the new year. However, when it has been SO relaxing, it can also take a long time to get back into the swing of things.

I find that what really helps me is to start small, and get back to basics. Build a list of goals, as well as a list of the essential “Have tos”; those naggy, admin-related things that just have to happen whether I like it or not. I then try and prioritise and ensure that the most important things get done first. Of course, having to also go back to teaching and the start of a new term means that I just have to do it… no excuses, no stalling (well maybe a little 🙂 )…

With my other work, it can be a lot harder, as all clients are a priority. One has to find the balance and not undo all the work of the relaxing holiday either! AH the fine line…

Personally, I am still struggling with jetlag, which takes a helluva long time to get over, and all the bits and bobs of post-travel come down. But here’s to a wonderful 2011, with less stress, more success, and above all, enjoyment and contentment.

Geraldine

R and R

Monday, 6 December, 2010

I know this can be a wickedly busy time of year, where everything gets blurry round the edges (wait, is that because of too much eggnog 🙂 ) and a little stressful, but don’t forget to take some time out to be thankful for friends and family, goodies and treats, and also to rest!

I plan on resting and recharging as much as I can, to ensure I am rearing to go for 2011. 2011!! It’s terrifying to write. As an entrepreneur and teacher, I spend most of the year giving a lot of my energy to students, clients, employers, family, friends etc. and so often I have to force myself to remember  to take some time for me, to give myself permission to take some time off (and that includes brain-time too; i.e. NOT thinking about next term, the next project, my to do lists).

Although I usually take time around my birthday to check in with myself and my list of goals and wants and needs, I also do like to think about what I want the next year to be like as the old year draws to a close. I am excited for new opportunities, new friendships, new projects, and of course, a new term of students. I also like to reflect on everything that has happened in the old year (good and bad) and see where I need to improve, what I am proud of, and what I would like to make sure I achieve in the following year.

Most importantly, however, is to just be in the moment and enjoy myself! Don’t forget to do this for yourselves.

Happy holidays to you all,

Geraldine

Where does the time go?

Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

A while back, I realised with a shock  how close it is to the end of another year! Yes, the Christmas decorations were competing with the Halloween decorations since about July, but when you look at the calendar and suddenly realise that 2011 is not so far away, it can be terrifying!

Each day, to paraphrase Jung, we fight apathy to decide whether or not to get up in the morning. Some days it is a LOT harder than others (especially when you confuse your cellphone text sound and the doorbell ringing – happened to me yesterday!). We have our tasks and our “to dos” and in between, relationships, life, friendships, family… taking time to walk barefoot on the grass or have a cup of tea in the sunshine. It can sometimes feel really overwhelming and crazy out there, and I know I often (as an entrepreneur) have to fight the urge to just hide at the computer (or under the duvet!), or allow myself to be distracted by time suckers like Facebook… It can be very hard to work that balance out each day. I also find that as the weather changes, and we descend into the darkness of winter, it gets even harder!

It is so strange to think that our lives revolve on an illusionary construct: time. We set appointments, meetings, classes, tasks… all based on something that doesn’t really exist. It’s weird, isn’t it? I’ve started counting the sleeps til my visit to South Africa at the end of the year (the first time in almost 4 years), but at the same time, I hate feeling like I am willing time away to get to something that I am looking forward to.

It is indeed a balance that we are trying to achieve in life, between appreciating the moment we are in, and setting goals in order to complete the tasks we want and need to complete. I have a million and one things to do before I fly south for some much needed summer sunshine, but I am also trying to ensure I don’t get lost in the “have tos” and “should haves”.

It’s a tricky tightrope.

Geraldine