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Do You Feel Rushed During the Holidays?

tree, candles and fireplace serenityDo you feel serene during the holidays?  Or do you feel almost overwhelmed?  Do you rush?

The holiday season is upon us and, by now, with Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Remembrance Day within weeks of one another, the Christmas celebration time can be exhausting!

There are luncheons, parties, special events, decorating, gift buying, and the music to get “everyone in the mood”!  Can you feel the energy rising?  Everywhere we look, everyone we talk to you and all we do seems to have an element associated with Christmas – so many people to thing of and so much to do.


Slow Down!

Think alternatives!

Can you do it all?

Yes, within reason and with a lot of discipline.

First and foremost, put yourself first.  That’s key.  Exercise to keep your energy up, continue to eat well and limit alcohol intake.  How?

Exercise is important all year round – you might cut your exercising from 5 or 7 days a week to 3 – for the month of December only.  It’s very exhausting attending all kinds of events, talking to new and old acquaintances and preparing for your ownfestivities.  Give yourself a break.

Eating well doesn’t have to be a challenge.  At events, look for the healthiest offerings and indulge sparingly – taste what you eat and if you’re in conversation, don’t eat – it’ll save a lot of calories and embarrassing moments!

Wine and spirits are offered everywhere.  Perhaps have a glass of wine but then switch to a sparkling water or club soda.  Pop won’t do it.  The sugar content of pop is much too high.  This way you won’t have to worry about making a fool of yourself because you drank too much and you’ll wake up healthy and bright the next morning.

Flit – learn to flit – what does that mean?  It means that when you accept invitations, schedule them carefully to be within short distances of one another and preferably on your route home.  For instance, if there are 3 cocktail parties on one day.  Attend the one furthest away from your route home, arrive early, stay no more than 1/2 hour and go to the next one.  Same routine with the next one  – 1/2 hour – and leave and move on to the third one.   At all three, make sure you have connected with the host of the event, thanked him or her and leave quietly without fanfare.   In 1 1/2 hours you’ll have attended 3 events without wearing yourself out!  If you watch carefully, you’ll see that a lot of people doing the same.

For each thing on your list, ask yourself if you really need to do it yourself or even do it at all?  What will be the consequences of not doing any one particular thing?  Can you live with the consequences?

There’s a lot to do during the holiday season.  Choose carefully. Save your energy.  Save your time. And think very carefully of how you spend your time and energy every single day.  After all, you’ll want to be fully awake and energized when Santa arrives!

Lorraine Arams

Computer Short Cuts Save Time – Do You Use Them?

shortcutComputer short cuts –

they can save you a lot of time

The other day, I was searching through my Twitter account and someone was offering a free list of computer short cuts.  Some of these short cuts I knew about and others were new to me.

Interestingly, some of the comments on the blog were quite negative.  Some people felt it was insulting to them and others thought it was a dumb post.  I thought it was a great post because often, we forget and there are so many short cuts out there, who can possibly know them all.

Here are some useful ones you can use every day all the time:

Ctrl + A = select all the text you want

Ctrl + C = copy

Ctrl + V = paste

Ctrl + X = cut

Ctrl + S = save

Home and End to get to the top or bottom of documents

Here’s one we are not likely to use all the time until our computer freezes up or slows down:

Ctrl-Shift-Escape to start the Task Manager

Some web browser shortcuts which may help you if you are not already aware of them:

Ctrl + T = open new tab

Ctrl + N = open new window

Ctrl + to zoom in and Ctrl – to zoom out

To go to a particular tab you have open, simple use Ctrl-number of the tab you want to open; say you want to open the first tab simply use Ctrl-1 and close tabs you don’t want any more using Ctrl-F4

Use Run to access tools eg Windows calculator – simply type calc in run box – there are 21 of them and you might something you can use:

If we don’t use something all the time, we tend to forget and go back to using the long methods of getting where we want to go.

Hope this list of shortcuts will help you find something useful or something you may have forgotten to use which might come in handy now.

Lorraine Arams

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Are You Interested in Success?

success keyAre you interested in success?

We all are.  It’s the reward – feeling good – feeling positive!  It spurs us on to using our time to continue to achieve more and more.

Without achieving some level of success, we find despair.  So what are the secrets to achieving success?  You might this video very interesting – a quick overview of what it takes to be successful.

Keep this video close at hand – when you’re feeling that things aren’t working out, you might want to take a look at this.  It was created by Richard St. John – someone who has studied success for a long time . . .

Here’s to your success – every single day!

Lorraine Arams

Some Days Seem To Be Disasters

Some Days Seem to Be Disasters

Everyone gets them – everyone.

It’s also true that one person’s idea of a disaster is not the same for another person.  For one person, a finger nail breaking ruins their day.  For another, news arrives that they’ve lost their job.

It depends on the cycle of life you’re in whether you consider an event to be a disaster or a blip.

For some, losing a job is a relief.  They hated their jobs and losing their jobs with a buyout is ideal.  They can begin a new life and have the financial backing to help them do it.

A sixteen year-old going to the prom can be heartbroken over a broken nail after she’s spent weeks nurturing nail growth, hoping to “look perfect” for the big night!

This Week For Me . . . .

I have a picture of an orangutan near my computer.  He has his hands covering his face and the caption reads:  “I try to take life one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.”  Some days are like that!  Some weeks are like that too.

I’ve had a whole week of disastrous days.  Every day, something added to an already challenging situation.  At this moment, the challenge seems insurmountable after months of work to resolve the issue.

Could I have done anything in managing my time to avert these “disasters”?  No.  A person can have all the time management skill in the world and disasters will still happen. Time management means managing your time, however, it does not mean that life will be perfect.  It won’t.  Life will often present something to derail the best laid plans.

So what do you do?

  • cry – get it all out – scream – let the steam out – like a pressure cooker, the steam builds and the lid has to blow off!
  • pick up a lot of wild bird seed and other food for wildlife in your town or city; take a shopping cart with you to carry the stuff and
  • go for a walk in the park or on the beach – anywhere you can find some birds and/or animals to feed
  • feed the creatures, walk a lot

Why?  Feeding these creatures will take the focus off of yourself.  You’ll be so absorbed with all the squirrels running like mad to get as many nuts as possible or the birds vying for food or the raccoons picking up the eggs from the cartoon, spinning them around and eating them, you’ll soon forget about your troubles.

It will take your mind off your “disasters”.  You’ll give your mind a rest, your emotions a rest and your head a rest. Walk as long as it takes even it’s two, three, or four hours or more.  If you’re at work, just tell your supervisor you won’t be back for the rest of the day.

When you are done walking, you’ll be very tired.  Have something warm to eat, go to bed early and likely, the world will be a better place the next day.

The Next Day . . . .

You’ll see that what seemed a disaster has a positive side to it.  Like volcanoes blowing the lid off the top of a mountain, the pressure is released, much is destroyed but the ash fertilizes the soil for bigger and better growth in the years to come.  Perhaps that’s what life is all about – disasters happen to release benefits.  We likely will never see the benefits until we “clear the air”.

Try my little formula – see if it works for you too – the next day is a whole new day.

Lorraine Arams

Why Should You Focus On What You Want?

Focus on what you want – why?

Seems like an odd statement, doesn’t it – focus on what you want.  Don’t people do that?

Actually, I was reminded by a good friend of mine the other day that we don’t.  We more often than not focus on what we don’t want and get it!

Why Do We Focus on What We Don’t Want?

We’ve been trained that way.  Remember when you were a kid, adults made statements like these:

“You don’t want to be like that kid”

“You don’t want that – it’s not good for you”

“You don’t want to be doing that.  Good kids don’t do that”

“Don’t say that – it’s not right”

What did we do?  We avoided being, doing,  saying what we shouldn’t but . . . at the worst possible moment, we did!  Remember?

These statements got stuck in our minds and we focused on avoiding doing or being the things we shouldn’t.

What was the problem?  You got it – avoiding doing or saying or being something focused your mind on those things you shouldn’t.

What’s the Antidote?

The antidote is focusing on what you want.

After my conversation with my friend, I noticed I had manifested what I didn’t want – what I was actually avoiding.  Avoiding is working at getting what you don’t want because it’s at the forefront of your thoughts.

Change your thoughts – don’t try to avoid anything at all.  Instead, go towards what you want and focus only on that.

Can It Be That Simple?

It’s simple alright – very, very simple.  But the better question, “is it easy?”.  No.  If your mind, by habit, focused on what you didn’t want, then turning that around is a very intense process.

What Do You Do?

I’m sure there are as many solutions as there are people to this conundrum.  Here is what I did:

  1. wrote everything I wanted down and boiled it down to 3 things
  2. created a mindmap of all the ways I could get what I wanted
  3. created a plan of action for achieving them and placed each action in my calendar
  4. typed in my computer the 3 things I wanted, printed it and pasted onto my computer desk so it’s front and center
  5. watched my thoughts.  The minute I had a thought about what I didn’t want, I changed the thought to what I wanted.  I like pictures so I have a picture in my mind of what it looks and feels like to have what I want.  This is the most difficult part of it all because the thoughts, from years of practice on what I didn’t want, are so automatic, they are no so easy to spot.  Anyhow, like any habit, it takes time to change.

Next Time . . . .

The next time something appears into your life that you don’t want, think about this blog.  Refocus your energies on what you want.

Lorraine Arams

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