2 Tips To Make Your Summer Count

The school year has just ended, or is about to, for many of us. The kids are excited….but I can’t necessarily say the same for their parents.

As a working mother, in the past I have felt very challenged by the summer months. Trying to juggle my career ambitions and goals, with the desire to be a present and engaged mom.

ARGH!

No matter if you are a parent, or not, you can use this post to set your intentions for the next few months, to help make your summer months count.

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3 Tips to Avoid Complacency

I promise I wasn’t being complacent when I didn’t post last week.

It was a choice. I value every second of holiday that I have with my family and had committed to not working while we were away. I didn’t give myself space to even think about work.

I guess my ability to compartmentalize is a gift, but it comes at a cost.

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Who needs to know?

Last week my coach and I were talking about the goals that I was working towards. Luckily, I think about them often, so I could answer her questions. The irony is that it wasn’t long ago that I would have had NO clue. I would have manipulated the conversation so that I didn’t have to define anything.

My approach then was to trust that I was working really hard and whatever results I achieved were the best I could do.

That was a cop out.

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“Unpurposeful” – it may not be a real word, but it’s a real feeling!

Do you ever feel like you are on autopilot, just going through your daily motions at work and at home? 

It makes me feel like my wheels are spinning.  I feel totally unproductive and definitely not purposeful!

It’s ironic because I am so focused, have a clear idea of where I’m going and know where I want to end up, but sometimes I still feel totally unproductive.

For those of you thinking…’take a chill pill Victoria’, it’s not about an inability to unplug and take time off. I do that SUPERBLY!

What I’m talking about is feeling unpurposeful.   Not having a clear idea of what I want to be focusing on.

Here are 3 tips that I use to help me get out of my own way…and back to being purposeful.

TIP #1:  READ

No joke. I read something that interests or inspires me.

This past weekend I was inspired by the most recent issue of Women of Influence magazine. I love reading about other women’s journeys. Their stories.  It fuels and motivates me.  That’s what makes me tick…but maybe not you;)

TIP #2: CHOOSE ONE THING

When I am feeling like I’m unproductive or unfocused, I remind myself to just think of jONE thing. One goal, or maybe it’s something I want to start doing differently.   Bringing my attention to one specific thing allows me to start feeling productive.

TIP #3: JUST DO IT!

What a cliché, but it’s true. Take action. Make it happen.

For me it was signing up for a boxing class and giving back.  The giving back took the form of telling people about a great gift idea for your colleagues, boss, family, etc…

A gift that keeps on giving.….where you purchase a gift, on behalf of the person you are buying for, but the gift is given to less fortunate and incredibly deserving children that are part of the Hannehowardfund.org.  I have no way of attaching the PDF with the information, but if you want to avoid buying of the sake of buying…. these are meaningful and incredibly ‘productive’ gifts that truly impact the course of a child’s life.  Email me at Victoria@turnercoaching.com and I’ll send you the info!

Knowing When to Say Yes and When to Say No!

I am back much later than I said I would be and here’s why.

Can you relate to having full plates, wearing a tone of hats and knowing that you can’t possibly do it all?

That was me post summer when I returned from holiday.   I knew I needed to sit down and become REALLY clear on what it was that I wanted to achieve in life and work, so that I knew what I needed to focus on during my day.  Taking the time to clearly see where I wanted to be in September 2014 allowed me to know what I could say NO to, and what I could say YES to those actions that would truly have an impact on achieve my goals.  I call them True Priorities vs Busy Priorities. 

 

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