Communication

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Do you have some days when you just don’t seem to get very much done? Days when you’ve been busy doing things, but at the end of it all, you wonder whether you’ve achieved anything worthwhile?

Perhaps we all need to take a step back when this is how we feel, to reassess our lives and see if it is all work, work, work! We need to keep balance in our lives; balance between work, family, education, recreation, health and whatever other area that is important to each of us, but when we find ourselves pushed for time, when days just don’t seem long enough, these other areas of our lives are often pushed down our priority list.

Is it any wonder we feel frazzled sometimes? The constant pressure can lead us to feel dissatisfied with our lives and who we are. The old saying about “take time to smell the roses” is very good advice. Of course it doesn’t have to be roses; for you it might be a walk along the beach or through a rainforest, chatting with a friend, playing with children, watching a funny movie, reading a book, spending time in your garden or making something with wood, but whatever it is that revitalises you, helps you to focus on the pleasures of life rather than the problems, than that is what you need to find a few moments to do on a regular basis to keep your life in balance. Take some time out from worries to have fun & experience pure enjoyment instead.

Balance helps us to be at peace with ourselves and those around us, helps us to see things from a wider perspective and allows us to like ourselves much better. When you are happy with the person that you are, it is a whole lot easier to accept others, too; to accept their differences, to value new experiences, to learn new things and rediscover the joy of living that young children intuitively have.

Start now; make some time for fun in your day.

A friend sent me this today & I had to smile. Things have been in such an upheaval recently I really appreciated the lift it gave me and I just had to share it.
May it brighten your day, too!

Last week my car died again. Having just spent over $1,500 in repairs to the cooling system, I was hoping to have trouble free running for a while, but then the auto gearbox stopped changing up & down properly (though reverse was fine, if I could have just turned my head around 180 degrees, maybe….!)

Anyway, the diagnosis was that the gearbox needed replacing, at an even greater cost than the previous repair, so it was time to cut my losses and get a new car & that’s what I’m doing now.

It has brought home to me, though just how badly such unexpected expenses can upset family budgets and how grateful I am to have a growing extra income from my internet marketing business. I would really like to help other people, whether young families, older folk like myself or anyone else who has a tight budget, to learn how to make extra income from an online home business. It would make a huge difference to their lives, knowing they’d never have to face such mini financial crises ever again.

Today I received a very important message about keeping up to date and how not doing so could be very costly to you in the long term.

I was reading John Thornhill’s blog tonight and he mentioned that many of the emails he was sending out promoting other people’s products were dead links!

Maybe you can relate to how stupid this is if you imagine you have a bricks and mortar shop selling socks and the guy in the shop just along the road sells shoes. Now, you’ve got this arrangement where every time someone buys a pair of shoes at his shop, he tells them that you sell great socks and recommends you go and have a look. Wouldn’t this help you make some sales? Sure it would!

But what if they came along to you and you didn’t have any socks – you decided it wasn’t worth while anymore, or you couldn’t be bothered, you decided to sell handbags instead – whatever reason – wouldn’t you let the guy selling shoes know? Explain that socks weren’t very profitable these days & ask to do a deal about handbags? I’m sure you would – apart from being good business sense, it’s plain good manners.

But, you don’t bother telling him – how do you think he’d feel when he found out? A bit peeved? Probably. Likely to send any more business your way? I don’t think so. Have you helped your business? NO.

Having affiliates who send you referrals is just the same as the arrangement between the shoe seller and the sock seller. It’s a business arrangement and you need to communicate any changes that occur.

So check your sites and your links and make sure they’re up to date. You work hard to win traffic, especially targeted traffic; it’s a crime to let such referrals go to waste. I’ll be checking mine, too. Thank you John.

Yesterday I spoke about not getting things I want to achieve done. Since then I’ve been thinking about this and have written down the steps I’ve taken during periods when I have been very productive. These are not my original ideas, but those I’ve found from reading books & listening to the advice of successful people.

I guess most of us know what works, or would work for us if we put it into practice, but the knowing and the doing are not the same, are they? When we lead busy lives, it is easy to get caught up in just doing what comes up and we feel we don’t have time to sit down and plan anything. This is a reminder that if we plan, we achieve more.

Plan and take action

  1. Make a list then mark the items in order of importance
  2. Focus on one thing at a time.
  3. Start with the most important/urgent thing on your list, complete it and cross it off
  4. Continue working down the list, completing & crossing off – feels good, doesn’t it?
  5. At the end of the day, put any unfinished items onto a new list along with tasks for the next day.

Take a look at your to-do list and consider what you can eliminate or pass on to someone else.

Learn to say no to nonessential tasks. If you have work plans in place, you’ll be more easily able to say “I’m sorry, but I can’t fit that in today … this week….”

If you find yourself eagerly ‘administrating’ instead of ‘just getting on with it’, you’re probably procrastinating. Try some of these ways to stop “putting it off”.

  • Begin with a task you enjoy.
  • Avoid being a perfectionist.
  • Eliminate time wasting activities e.g. Housework (my favourite!)
  • Plan your time and stick to the plan where you can.
  • Break difficult or ‘boring’ work into sections. This allows you to approach a large task as a series of manageable parts.

Have a productive day!

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