Is It Time To Clear Out The Clutter In Your Life?

Clutter can take up our physical, personal, and mental spaces.

Summer is a great time to re-assess what you have in your space and I am definitely doing that right now. It’s time to clean up my office.

After a busy couple of months travelling in May and June, I am now knee deep in junk in my office. I have two un-built armoir’s clogging my walking paths. One is damaged: the other is the replacement. (I didn’t want to get rid of the first until the second arrived. What if the replacement kit was damaged during shipping and I could have swapped parts with the first one?) So, mess. Everywhere. And that doesn’t include the stuff stuffed into a corner awaiting tidy storage in said armoir. For details, watch the video.

Thankfully, the replacement wardrobe arrived yesterday and I can soon begin building it and clearing up the cluttered space. But in the meantime, I’ve noticed the impact on me mentally. I’m not excited to go into my office. And how could I be? It’s packed with crap! It’s crowding in on me and looms like a much-too-long to-do list. It is time to clear it out. Beyond time. And it’s the perfect time.

This is a physical space, but clutter can impact our personal and mental spaces as well.

I’m sure you can relate to this. Perhaps you have said yes more than you have wanted to and feel like you aren’t enjoying your life as much as you would like. Maybe you have a couple of unfulfilling relationships crowding in on your time and your emotions.

Many businesses shift to a slower, more relaxed gear in the summer. We have more time and space to relax and re-assess. If this is the case for you, take advantage of the time to think about all three areas of your life. Which areas could use a quick tidy? Which need a thoughtful pruning? Which ones could use an absolute overhaul?

Once that’s done, what’s one step you could take today to start on it?

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Work-Life Balance Mistakes Even Smart People Make #FailFriday

Yes, even smart people make work-life balance mistakes.

I like to think that I’m a smart person. And yes, even though I support people on how to have more balance in their lives, I too need to adjust from time to time.

My balance right now isn’t as great as I’d like it to be. I’ve had a couple of busy months. My inner critic sees this as a failure.

But the rest of me knows the reality: work-life balance is an ongoing adjustment. Guess what, critic? I’m human!

That’s why I’m looking forward to refreshing my balance. I thought if I’m want a refresh, I bet others will want one too. And that’s why I’m holding a webinar to support both me and you to create more balance.

Monday, July 17 at noon Pacific.

It’s a great time to do this. Busy June is behind us and work has likely slowed down a bit for you. It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on how you want balance to look like for the rest of your year. If your work hasn’t slowed down, then it will be incredibly meaningful to take this time so that when the sun is shining, you can create opportunities to create more satisfaction in your life.

Sign up for the webinar here:

I’ll get you going right away with a work-life balance assessment.

What To Do When It Feels Like You’re Going In Circles

This training is for you if you feel like you’re going round and round the mulberry bush, swirling and swirling and not making any progress.

You may even feel like you’re stuck in a rut.

In this video, I share

  • Why going in circles is a really GREAT thing
  • A simple process to help you waste less time spinning round and round
  • An example that will help you to implement this either on your own or with a coach
  • How to create forward momentum and take action

If you have questions, drop them in the comments. I LOVE questions and I reply to all of them.

Unicorn Frappuccinos, Pot & My 6-yr-old Daughter #FailFriday

Ever had a LOT of inner dialogue/negative self-talk and it kept you from doing something?

I sure did when it came time to post a video that my daughter and I created for a cooking contest.

You’ll relate to this story if you ever notice that you:

  • Say yes when you’d rather say no because you’re worried about what other people will think or feel if you do say no
  • Choose to step back from an idea because you’re worried about what others might think if you were to do that crazy/weird/startling/outside-the-norm idea
  • Worry about looking like a slacker if you take a break when you’re under deadline but you know it’s the best thing for your productivity, clarity and focus

In the video, I share what I did to turn down the volume on that inner dialogue and what I took into account when I decided how to forward, despite learning some starting information.

Enjoy 🙂

Top 3 Hidden Signs That You Need More Balance

Top 3 Hidden Signs That You Need More Balance

These three things are often disguised as some of our favourite things, but they are actually the top three hidden signs that you need more balance.

In this video training, you will:

  • Be able to watch for those hidden signs that stress is impacting you more than you think
  • Identify when stress shows up sooner, and in a healthier way.
  • Build your self-awareness so you can make positive changes.

If you find this helpful, share it! I greatly appreciate the love.

5 Simple Steps for When You’re Too Busy

If you weren’t so busy, what would you spend more time on? Add your answer to the comments and you’ll be entered in a draw to win a beautiful bag of luscious dark chocolate mini eggs. These exact ones from Purdy’s (I resisted saying eggsact). [Contest now closed.]

dark chocolate eggs

In the meantime, in this video, you will learn the five simple steps you need to take in order to get more balance, have more focus, and be more productive.

How to Build Resilience and Reduce Stress

Stress and Resilience in Entrepreneurs – Expert Interview

In this interview with resilience expert Dr. Brianna Caza, she shares many insights, including:

  • The three simple techniques to build your resilience
  • How what you think about yourself plays a key role in determining whether you keep going or give up.
  • Why the old adage of “love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” could make you LESS resilient.

There is also a study on stress and resilience in entrepreneurs underway. If you are an entrepreneur, you can participate. By taking part, not only will you be contributing to this fascinating topic, you will also receive a report about your own resilience and how it compares to others, build awareness of the stressors in your life, and receive a gift card for your efforts. I participated in the study. I can attest that it was quick and easy and I was delighted with the gift card I received.

Take part in the survey here > Stress and Resilience in Entrepreneurs

What is your biggest a-ha? Leave it in the comments!

Dr. Brianna Caza is an Associate Professor in the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and has previously held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Wake Forest University and the Center for Creative Leadership.

The overall aim of her research program is to understand the resources and processes that produce resilience at work. Within this framework her work falls into three interrelated streams of research. The first examines how individuals perceive, experience and react to adversity or setbacks in the workplace. This includes issues involving work crises, interpersonal conflict, incivility, and organizational (in)justice. The second stream of research focuses the nature, construction, and importance of individual and social resources that are used in creating functional responses to this adversity. Important resources include work identity, perceived meaningfulness of work, creativity, and relational capabilities. Third, she examines the processes that foster resilience including cognitive flexibility, behavioral adaptability, and resourcefulness.

4 Qualities of Resilient People

There are some special qualities that make for the most resilient people. These qualities help them bounce back or recover more quickly from setbacks or failures, keep them from burning out, and give them tenacity, determination, and drive to keep going long after others stop.

You’ll learn:

  • What resilient people do with an initial spark of interest.
  • The essential difference between the person who goes on to become a concert pianist and an amateur who still plays piano every day.
  • How the grittiest people deal with failures.
  • Who they need to challenge them to go further, faster.

In the video, you’ll find out if you have these resilient qualities, and discover how you, too, can become more resilient in your own life and business.

5 Steps to Finish a Project… Even When You’re Totally Overwhelmed

5 Simple Steps to Finish a Project… Even When You’re Totally Overwhelmed

In this video, I share the five simple steps to take when you have a big goal and you feel overwhelmed, exhausted or stuck in the messy middle. It’s also effective for anyone who wants to keep any of those things from happening as you shoot for the stars.

I share this because I help business owners who have big goals and dreams to achieve amazing things without burning out, and yet, there are specific moments in the middle of a project where even the most determined and successful person can struggle.

If you are currently feeling that way, this video is for you. In it, you’ll learn:

  • The two times you are most at risk of quitting or burning out
  • The best way to build resilience for the long-term
  • How you can get your hands on a free tool to stop overwhelm and procrastination and get focused–quickly!