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She died today . . .

She died today . . .

I cried . . .

Life energy had disappeared from her beautiful little body . . .

Death never announces itself – it just comes . . . we never know when, we never know how, we can never predict it though death is part of all life on earth . . .

How many years do we have?  We are born small and fragile.  On our birth certificates, there is never an end date -we all know it will come one day.

We live every day as though we will live forever.  Then once in a while, we are reminded how still so very fragile we are – like dolls made of china – strong and sturdy one minute, broken the next.

She loved to eat – an appetite like you wouldn’t believe but she was slim.

She loved her partner and the two of them were inseparable.

She was the queen and ruled the “roost”.

She loved her baths and loved a clean house.

She made us laugh.

She’s gone.

She is still very much loved and adored.  We will all miss her as long we we live, now, only a memory to be held onto tenaciously as our lives were enriched by her special energy.

Forever in our hearts – our memories – our life . . .

Are You Using September to Manage Your Time for the Fall Time Crunch?

field of pumpkinsCan you use September to plan your time the time crunch that inevitably comes in October, November and December?

You can.

Fall is a time when people really get rattled especially with shorter days.  It’s more difficult to get up in the morning and extra care must be taken driving to work.  It seems that our time becomes more and more compressed as we head into winter.

It’s a good idea always to look ahead.  We know it!  Do we do it?  Often we don’t.  So I’m here today to help you before you get overwhelmed!

  • October – Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en
  • November – Memorial Day
  • December – Christmas day
  • January – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Will you be ready?

It’s like a freight train coming down the track every single year at the same time:  increased activities with friends and family, more formal events, school for some, flus and colds, and the holidays –

Take the time now to schedule in what you will need to do for each of these holidays before your appointments, meetings and other activities take over your life and drive you wild.  It’ll save you a lot of frazzled nerves later on.

Here’s a tip:

Take a calendar with a monthly view either the paper type of the computer type.

work backwards from the day after each holiday – what do you plan to do before, during and after each holiday.  If you do things ahead of time, a little bit each day or each week, you’ll be ready when the holidays are upon us.

For instance, let’s say it’s your turn to have the Hallowe’en party this year.  From the day after, work backwards, something like this:

Monday, November 1st – clean up after work

Sunday, October 31st – Hallowe’en Party – time:  5 pm to 10 pm; set up 10 am – 3 pm

Saturday, October 30th – am – prepare food; pm – decorate

Friday,  October 29th – – after work, pick up costume, shop for food and pick up something for dinner

Thursday, October 28th — check who has sent in RSVP and call those who haven’t

Thursday, October 21st – create menu for food and decide on decorations; decide who can help with what; access need for extra dishes, cutlery, glasses, etc.

Sunday, October 10th – make invitation list and send out invitations

Saturday, October 1st – decide on costume and buy/rent; look up favorite masks for this year

You get the idea . . . . once you’re done then put these in your scheduling calendar before you over book yourself!

And do the same with each of the other holidays.  Keep your plans in your computer so that you can use them year after year – all you’ll have to do is change the days and dates for each new year.

Now do the same for your work life. Inevitably, there are submissions, reports, presentations, etc due.  Every year, annual meetings, staff meetings, conferences, tradeshows, etc.  – something happens every year.  Take the same approach  – plan for them backwards.   Plan to be ready a couple of days ahead of time because we all know – something will happen if we aren’t!

Again, the same principle applies here – keep this schedule year after year – just change the days and dates to suit that particular year – and you’re done!

You’ll be less stressed, more prepared, and enjoy each process much more. In fact, you’ll likely be able to enjoy the holidays rather than feel exhausted!  September is such a great month to manage your time this way and prepare for the time crunch that is coming.

Hope this helps . . .

Lorraine Arams

Key to Time Management: “How Do You Want to Use That Hour?”

The key to time management boils down to this:

How Do You Want to Use That Hour?  – that’s it!

There’s nothing more spectacular to it than that – try it for a week and see how your thoughts change about time.

You’ll be amazed how, all of a sudden,  your brain starts to notice time more and more.  As you notice time more and more, you’ll start to notice that you have choices.

Most people don’t think they have choices. They think that time is:

  • “out of control”
  • “elusive”
  • “in short supply”

It’s not – it’s the choices you make which determines how you use of time.

But . . . But . . . But – there are no “buts” – I’m being very blunt about this because I hear the excuses all the time – hey, I used most of them myself at one point or another in my life!  I know them all –

  • “You don’t understand my boss.  She’s very demanding and demands perfection”
  • “You don’t understand my family situation.  I have to . . . .”
  • “You don’t know what my life is like”

I don’t and I don’t need to know because it all boils down to one thing:  How Do You Want to Use That Hour?  And that goes for every single hour of every single day of your life!  Is it being used towards maximizing your full being into achieving what you want to achieve?

It can’t be that easy you say because look at all the books, videos and courses being sold every year.

We, the people, are all the same – we want the holy grail – the answer – the trick – the “right method” – what the other person has – —-

When the answer is in our own backyard – in our heads – all we have to do is:

  • STOP



It couldn’t be easier . . . but we’ll but it to death until we have “butted” all the hours away and run around like our life is forever – it isn’t – time is finite for us all!  Start with the next 24 hours . . . .


Lorraine Arams

Three Key Components to Effective Learning to Save You Time Money and Energy

Here are three key components to effective learning which will, in the long run, save you time, money and energy.

1.  If you can’t understand the instructor, quit or change instructors.

I know that’s not always possible but it is so critical to your learning and absorbing the information as quickly as possible.  Often teachers know their material really well and they may even be famous for their work.  However, they just can’t explain it to others in such a way that others can learn from them.  It’s no one’s fault.  It can be a matter of style, language, temperament – a whole host of factors.

If you have no alternative than to remain in the course, then find someone quickly to teach you in such a way you can understand.   It can be a classmate, a friend, or someone else who has previously taken the course and passed.  If you don’t know anyone, advertise for a tutor.  If you can’t pay the fee, barter.  It’s imperative to get the right instruction otherwise the struggle to learn new material will be enormous.

2.  Apply the knowledge immediately.


If you can’t apply it to a job or a process immediately, then find someone who is willing to ask you questions.  Answering the questions out loud will tell you immediately if you have understood the concept or not.  The words will either flow out of your mouth easily and effortlessly or you’ll stumble through the explanation.

3.  Take care of yourself. Take care of your brain and body with the right amount of sleep, good food, lots of water and exercise.  The dividends from these three components will for a life time.

It’s true that sometimes you have a job with many overtime hours just to keep afloat or your study load is intense or you’re  an intern in medical school working several shifts in a row or in the military where you have manoeuvres for several days and nights in a row.  Obviously, there are “insane” periods of time in many people’s lives.  During those times, learning can be difficult.

For instance, would-be doctors must learn to work under intense pressure, under less than ideal conditions and still maintain the ability to think, reason and apply the medical knowledge they have garnered to help people in distress.

It’s especially critical at times like these to stay focused on yourself. Focus on sleep, eating properly, drinking a lot of water and exercise – even 5 minutes of stretching will re-energize and a 20-minute nap will refresh the brain and body,   the water will keep everything hydrated.  I know it may sound silly to be so self-focused under such extreme conditions.  It is the only way. Your brain and body are not computer components – they are human bodies which need the right kind of attention especially when trying to learn something new or applying what you have learned.

These three components will:

a) Save you time – you won’t have to study extra hours because you don’t understand the instructor.  You won’t need to re-learn material several times over if you apply it immediately and by taking care of yourself, you likely will remain healthy.  You know how being ill can set you back in your studies.

b)  Save you money – you won’t have to repeat the course and pay for the course a second time if you make a change immediately when you can’t understand the person teaching the course.  If you stay healthy, you won’t need to buy medications to help overcome an illness. And by applying the knowledge, you learn it well – you won’t have to buy additional books or pay for additional resources later.

c)  Save you energy – The right teaching will save a lot of energy because you won’t have to struggle so hard to understand the concept.  Applying the material as soon as possible is obviously a more efficient way to learn anything thus you’ll expend less energy.  And, of course, when you take care of yourself, you will have the energy you need to do the necessary learning – so much time is wasted “dragging” your body and brain around – take care of them as best you can.

Manage these three components well and you’ll see learning will be much easier and more efficient in the long run.  There is no question that these three components are critical to the human machine during the learning process.

Learn lots!

Lorraine Arams

Three Tips on How to Learn Better and More Efficiently

Three Tips on How to Learn Better and More Efficiently

As a lifelong learner, I’ve had to “squeeze” my education into some fairly tight time constraints at times.  I’ve learned some very efficient ways to learn and I’m sharing them with you in the hope that they will save you time and energy.

1.  As you read through, even your first reading, start jotting down notes and questions.  These questions will eventually become a list of good questions with which to study – some you’ll eliminate, some you’ll expand upon and some you’ll keep just as they are.  Throughout the course, pull these questions out at lunch time or during coffee break or riding the bus and answer them in your head.  It’ll keep the material fresh in your mind.

2.  For any new concept, write out 60 words explaining the concept – ONLY 60 WORDS. If you can explain any concept completely in 60 words, then you really understand it and it will stick your mind.  This does take several revisions of what you write the first time.  Your first attempt may result in 1500 or more words.  Keep cutting it down until you get to 60 words.  You’ll be amazed how effective this method is!

3.  Focus when you study – no music in the background, no email or Facebook or Twitter, no games, etc. – just you in a quiet environment focusing. Focus for periods of one hour at a time and then go for a walk for 20 minutes to let your brain process what you have just studied.  Study for another hour and take another walk for 20 minutes and process that bit. You’ll get more out of these two hours than you will  studying with distractions or sounds competing for your attention – your brain can only process one thought at a time.  You’ll be amazed how well you learn.  It’s not a good idea to study for more than 3 hours at a time.  With this method, a lot of time is saved and more information is absorbed in less time.

Hope these tips help you to learn better – they will certainly help your efficiency!

Lorraine Arams

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