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Let Your Computer Train You!

We all know that change takes time whether it’s personal, societal  or organizational.  The only type, of course, we have control over is our own changes we want to pursue.  Save yourself some time and use a new time management tool.

Use your computer to train you.  How?  There are many, many ways. 

Most people would never think of using their computer for training but it’s a fabulous tool.  Yes, it’s my thing but I hope it helps you too.

Here are some scenarios:

1.  Say you are going to school at night to upgrade your credentials or enter a new career.  Use your computer to ask you questions.  How?  In your Calendar, there is a recurrence setting available.  Use the message box in the Calendar to list the questions and then set a recurrence patterns.  The item will pop up on your screen at the time you set.   You can also use Task or Journal – depends on your subject matter and how you like to learn.  I prefer calendar because I can just add questions easily and the answers way at the bottom.  I like studying this way because, once I can answer the questionis faster and faster, I know I understand the material better and better.  Just formulate questions as you read the textbooks.

2.  You want to change a behavior or you want to start every day with a positive mind set or attitude.  Create affirmations or quotes on your Outlook Calendar which rotate again on the recurring settings – a different inspiration every day.

3.  You want to add something into your life such as exercise every lunch hour but exercise is not exactly something you love to do. And we all do the same, don’t we – when we really don’t like doing something even though we know it’s really beneficial, we’ll sabotage ourselves.   However, say, you’re determined you’ll walk at lunch for 1/2 hour 3 times per week.  Set a recurring date on your calendar to remind you a half hour prior to the time for your exercise that it’s your exercise day.  The bonus here is that you won’t be likely to make another lunch time booking if you already have it in your calendar.

I’m sure you can think up of all kinds of uses for these tools – use your computer as your “nag” – let the computer nag you and we all know what happens when we are constantly reminded to do something – despite our best efforts to avoid it, we get “programmed” even if we delete, it still enters our consciousness.  Eventually, we can’t help ourselves from taking action. 

What does Spring Time Mean to You?

It’s Springtime soon!  What does it mean for you?

Rejuvenation?  Light?  Energy?  Getting outside again in sunshine?

Spring can be a perfect time to “renew your New Year’s resolutions” – remember?????  – oh, where are they again!

February and March can get quite hectic for people as does April but there will be long week-ends and holidays like Easter.  Maybe it’s a time to think about how you will spend your summer – friends, family and fun – the 3 Fs!

Renewal – what will it be for you?

It would be fun to know how Spring works for you . . . I welcome your comments.

Lorraine Arams

Wize Sayings

Jane Rubietta
Someone may have stolen your dream when it was young and fresh and you were innocent. Anger is natural. Grief is appropriate. Healing is mandatory. Restoration is possible.

How do you Spend your Time on Week-ends?

How do you Spend your Time on Week-ends?

Do you goof around?  Or do you work?  Any me time?  Me time – yes, me time –

Many people spend their week-ends much like they spend their week days – running around, working like crazy at home or bringing work home to do, and by Sunday night, the exhaustion is only compounded.  They’re caught up “in other people”!

This week – would you think about that?  Would you think about how you will get some “me” time into the week-end?  Will you think about not taking work home with you or the problems of the office?  Would you think about how you can goof off?  Would you think what you can do this week to make it possible to have most of the week-end for fun and relaxation?

This is what happens to most people – “I’ll do it on the week-end”.  This approach opens the door to all kinds of poor time management during the week:

  • tolerating more unnecessary interruptions by others at work and getting side tracked – interesting to talk to someone who actually had a week-end!
  • delaying what could be done right away – if we can do something in 5 or 10 minutes, let’s get it done – as long as we aren’t in the middle of something else
  • not delegating what could easily be done by someone else by accepting “we’ve got the week-end to finish up” if we don’t get everything done
  • watching hours of tv at home instead of systemmatically charting the week to get the chores done and minimize chores on the week-end
  • wasting precious moments at work when we could be getting our work done and have a great week-end to look forward to

Why should we be concerned about having a wonderful time on the week-end and getting some “me” time in there?

  • to refresh and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul – get reconnected with what is really important
  • to connect with ourselves and give ourselves time to reflect on our own lives – are we living the life we want?  If not, what adjustments need to be made – we need adjustments all the time because like a plane or a boat, we get off track often, side tracked by the many ebbs and flows life offers
  • to just laugh – have fun – enjoy “smell the roses” or the pines or the fresh air – and feel great to be alive!

What will you be doing next week-end?


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