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Back to school and the dreaded contact wars

Back to school and the dreaded contact wars

Goal for 2017….to be organised in my personal life!

I know, I know, you might be thinking what a stupid thing to say.  But you heard correctly, yes I can organise everyone around me but my home life can be chaotic! Last year I didn’t buy any of the school books until the week before the kids went back to school and I realised I had missed the boat.  I felt like the mum that drinks wine out of a coffee cup and arrives to school in pyjamas. Oh no Bridget Jones moments for me this year, I am totally channeling Devil Wears Prada instead.

So off I go to our local shopping centre and arrive at BIG W.  They have a sale on books this week, nothing was going to stop me.  To my surprise the poor staff didn’t have all the boxes open and a few shelves empty (well this is a first for me).  In true fashion I just wanted to take a picture for proof as I know all my friends would think bollocks for sure.  Thankfully I have a twelvie in the house that did that for me via her social media account.  Oh and the moment of glee when I ran into my daughter’s new high school teacher.  Tick for very organised family.

So I proceed to Target to find the cutest contact paper and I am talking seriously cute.  Back to School brand at $3.00 a roll and let me say it’s the best contact I have ever ever used. So far one roll has covered four A4, 128 page books and still plenty on the roll to go.  Not one bubble, not one tantrum, not one F-bomb and not one wine required.

So far my goal to be mother of the year is on track and I look forward to sharing many stories to come.  I look forward to returning to work tomorrow and kicking some serious goals for my clients in 2017.

Achieve balance by checking email just 4 times daily

Achieve balance by checking email just 4 times daily

Man on computer in beautiful surrounds

Technology has found its way to almost all aspects of our lives. Now, people can’t live without checking their email for a day, becomes restless when they haven’t checked their phones, and spent more than half of their day on the internet.

Instead of bringing convenience to our lives, smart phones, tablets, laptops and the internet have disrupted socialisation, time spent with family, friends and with our significant others; literally making us like technology zombies.  Read more click here.

What successful people do with the first hour of their work day

By Kevin Purdy

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list.



Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too.

The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list.  (To read about it click here)

My 5 tips to staying organised

My 5 tips to staying organised

Organise: Arrange into a structured whole; order: “organise lessons in a planned way”.


I had the absolute privilege to speak to over 100 women in Coffs Harbour this morning .  I was so nervous (actually I was a lot worse than nervous).


I was asked to speak on 5 ways to stay organised or get organised.  So in a nut shell here are my 5 tips.


1. Energy Management NOT time management is the key to maximum productivity.

2 The two minute rule:  If it can be done in 2 minutes do it now.

3  Stop trying to do everything at once – nothing gets done with 100% focus.  If you need to multi task write your thoughts down.  Get a list together.  Start on the most complex task.

4 Eat that Frog: Decision, discipline and determination.   Plan every day in advance.  Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.

5 Ask for help and learn to say NO!   Say NO to anything that is not high value on your list.  For you to do something new you must complete or doing something old.

Off to do some of those larger tasks now and look forward to my reward of gratitude at the end.  Remember the payoff and rewards will be tremendous.  Don’t start with the low value tasks.  What can I and only I do that is done well and will make a difference.