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"You have taught me to believe in myself and to take things slowly, one step at a time, keep sight of my goals, both short term and long term.

Your coaching style was both nuturing and motivating, you seemed to intuitively know some days what I needed most. Your caring and understanding was so appreciated and it came from the heart."

-Holly C.

I would recommend the Simplicity Course as an easy, practical way to start simplifying one's life. I especially liked the segments on Tolerations, Wardrobe, and Office and Paperwork.

Each day focuses on only one task, which is helpful to people who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life and hardly know where to begin downshifting.

-Joan, New York

Beth has an uncanny way of, "reading between the lines" to see a person's heart. I appreciate how genuine she is.

I have already begun implementing her suggestions, and am dumbstruck at how well they are working. I am feeling so much more secure, and feel I am finally put onto a life path that will bring me joy for many years to come."

-Sue Halpern

I feel more focused and have an objective instead of aimlessly filling up the day.

-Shelli Segura



52 Tiny Changes

You've done it before. Tried to change your whole life in 30 days. Only to fizzle out at day 10 because it take too much time. Join me in making a small change each week and by the end of the year you will have made 52 improvements to your life!

52changes@encouragingcoach.com with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #19: Do your most important priority at your peak energy time

Have you ever tried to work on a big project when you were tired? The project probably took longer than expected because you had to keep rereading or redoing. If you work on those kinds of projects when you have the best energy, the project will go better and you will be less drained. When do you feel most energetic with the best concentration? Are you using that time period to its best potential?

I realized lately that I have been squandering those precious hours. My peak hours are between 6:30am and 9:00am. Instead of using those hours productively I had been doing household chores, frittering, checking e-mail and doing a bunch of things that require little of me.

I worked out a new schedule where I ease into my day by doing my quiet time at 6am. Then from 6:30-8:30 I would focus on coaching and writing: things that take concentration and creativity. Plus both of these rank high on my priority list.

For a few days I want you to keep track of your energy and concentration levels. Directions and a chart to print out can be found here.

Once you have finished your chart, you can analyze the chart to see if you can see any patterns. Use that information to help in your planning. In your high-peak times you can exercise, get your most difficult project done, do something you have been procrastinating on because you think it will be hard, the thing that absolutely has to get done today, your highest priority, the thing that will move you forward the most. In your low energy time you can do things like errands, filing, and housework that takes little concentration.

Stressbusters: how to have less stress by checking your stress cycles
Your Body Clock: medicine and body rhythm by ABC news
Circadian Rhythm How your body keeps time
Take a Body Clock Quiz

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr (Author), Tony Schwartz (Author)




What will you do with your best time?

52 Tiny Changes Archive


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