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Tips and advice on getting and staying motivated

4 Tried and Tested Strategies for Managing Procrastination

4 strategies for managing procrastination

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” ~ Victor Kiam

Aubergines are supposed good for me. I’m not really a fan, but due to this detox diet I’m on, I’m very limited as to what I can eat.

I hop online real quick to get a couple of recipe ideas for dinner tonight.

An hour later, somehow I’m reading up on the benefits of oil pulling… and I still haven’t found any decent aubergine recipes.

I get up from the laptop to make a drink with the intention of returning to spend an hour or so writing. I return from the kitchen 30 minutes later after washing the dishes.

Procrastination and distraction. I’m not sure one exists without the other. 

Do I get distracted because I’m procrastinating or is procrastination a form of distraction?

I’m not entirely sure.

All I know is that they show up together and stop me from making progress in so many areas of my life. And they frustrate the hell out of me!

I think my challenge is that I have so much that I want to do, I try and do everything and my priorities go out of the window.

I’m also an ideas person. I … Read more

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

Spring is well and truly here.

The blossom from the trees makes every day feel like you’re at a wedding and the clocks going forward (in the UK) means brighter evenings. Awesome huh!

April not only marks the start of a new month, but also the end of the first quarter of 2015 and the beginning of quarter two. It’s also my birthday month! Most definitely my favourite month of the year!

So what better time to start making changes?

I’m making some change in my life and I am aware of how challenging personal change can be. Therefore to kick start this new period in 2015, I’m sharing 30 quotes to keep you motivated throughout April.

Although they haven’t begun as yet in London, this month is typically associated with the infamous April Showers, so hopefully these quotes should prevent the weather putting a dampener on your spirits and keep you moving forward with any changes you are making.

1. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

2. “When in doubt, choose change.” – … Read more

Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year!

Goodbye Old Year

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” ~ Melody Beattie

First off let me wish you the happiest of New Years!

I hope you enjoyed your NYE celebrations and you are not feeling too fragile today.

Over the past few years I’ve had a very low key NYE night, spent with family watching the Jools Holland NYE special, listening to great artists perform; a calm, peaceful and loving start to the year.

Despite my simple celebrations to mark the start of the new year, I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the past few weeks to prepare for this new chapter.

I have spent time reflecting on 2014 and planning for 2015 using a combination of the Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook and Find your Word email class by Susannah Conway and the Becoming Who You Are Advent Calendar email prompts.

I’ve also created my 2015 vision board (you can see a glimpse on Instagram – oh yeah did I mention that I’m … Read more

How Do You Want to Feel in 2015?

How do you want to feel in 2015

“Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself …nothing is impossible!” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

As we approach the end of the year, and the build up of Christmas has passed, thoughts turn to the New Year and resolutions.

I’ve said several times on my blog at this time of year that I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions as I know how fickle and unrealistic they can often be.

Recently I attended a women’s circle run by a friend of mine at Alternatives and she asked us how we want to feel each day in 2015. My friend Mary, is also not a fan of resolutions and suggested it was much more effective to focus on how you want to feel every day.

Normally resolutions are focused on what you want to achieve or gain whereas this approach is much more about you and is much more within your control.

Mary’s words were “Every day is New Year’s Day.” and I thought how true. There is so much expectation and pressure at the start of the year often followed by disappointment and … Read more

5 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated in 2015

5 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated in 2015

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain

Motivation is like a superpower. When you have it, it’s seems all things are possible. You’re energised, focused and creative. No obstacle or challenge is too great. However, when that baby leaves the building, forget it! You’re back to a dull and frustrating existence.

With one month of the year left and thoughts turning towards the big “C”, yep Crimbo, it can be easy to launch into the new year with ambitious resolutions but absolutely no thought to what went well this year, what flopped and what you need to do differently to move even closer to living a career and life you love.

If you subscribe to my newsletters, you will know that at the end of September I was suffering from burn out and felt an overwhelming need to retreat. Ideally I would have taken a trip somewhere but as that was not practical at the time, I set up my own version of a retreat.

I still worked, but other than that I stayed home. I spent a lot of time alone reading, writing in my journal, watching films and generally just taking time out. I … Read more

Quit Trying to Achieve All Your Goals and Just Pick One

Pick One Goal

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

In last week’s blog post I spoke about how to avoid future regret with 3 simple steps. Chances are that you read that blog and hopefully you found it useful. I’m guessing however that you’ve probably not done anything differently since reading the article.

Maybe you made a start but have not followed the steps consistently each day. The reason I know this is because I am no different to you. Despite knowing that the steps will move me closer to achieving my goals, I still do not consistently take the actions I know I should.

Are you willing to put in the effort?

I am a fan of goal setting and having achievements to work towards, however like I said in last week’s article, I’m also aware of just how many of us have goals that we do not achieve. I believe this is because we are not realistic about how much effort it will take for us to accomplish our aspirations.

It’s not about what you want. It’s not even about how badly you want … Read more