June 2004 Newsletter
-Do not wish to be anything but what you
are and try to be that perfectly. –St. Francis De Sales
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I have been enjoying the summer already. The kids got out of
school last Wednesday. We've been to the beach 4 times, rode bikes,
played at the park, found frogs and turtles, and laid out in the
hammock. All these evening fun has led to me having to be more
productive during the day and keeping myself on track with what
I need to do. It's amazing how much time for fun you have if you
just do a few tweaks in your planning!
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"When a problem comes along, study it until
you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break
the problem apart, and the rest will be easy." -Norman
How many times during a day do you say, "Not again, this
always happens."? You can't find your keys, you are late
for work, the water overflowed, or you are out of toothpaste.
If a problem continuously happens, it's probably time to do something
about it don't you think? Complaining about the same thing over
and over, but not fixing the problem doesn't help.
Most of the time we put up with problems even though they consistently
irritate us. Why? Because we don't take the time to stop, think
things through and come up with a solution.
1. Name Your Problem
What problem keeps coming up for you?
2. Look at your current procedure
Are you late because you go to bed late, wake up late, and then
do too many things right before leaving?
Do you lose keys because you don't have a specific place for
them or a habit to put them there so you throw them wherever you
end up first?
Do you run out of things regularly because you don't have an
errand day or a shopping list put up?
3. Is there any way to tweak your procedure?
Can you research online how to get your kids to listen better?
Can you create a habit to help you remember nice things about
your hubby instead of criticisms?
Can you make a routine to back up your computer every Friday
so you don't lose files?
4. Try out your new procedure for 2 weeks-a month
What's working? What isn't? Is there any more research your need
to do? Is there anyone to ask about this problem?
5. Keep tweaking until the problem is solved to your satisfaction
Too many people give up after one try at something, figuring
nothing will work and they will have to keep putting up with this
problem. Keep at it.
Keep a pad of paper with you
this week. Notice problems that keep coming up over and over.
Wouldn't it be nice to get them solved?
Make your problem
What is working?
What isn't working?
Your Way to a Life You Love: Personal Time Management from the
Self-Care Tips for June:
Don't complain for 24 hours
Lie out in a hammock or lawn chair with a book one
Get a cool pair of sunglasses
Make the most out of every moment
"Don't find fault. Find a remedy."
Relationship Ideas for June:
Picnic under a tree with your love
Send a Father's Day card to a Dad
Gather some shells with some kids at the beach
Do a clothes swap with a bunch of friends
"Do not think of your faults; still
less of others' faults. Look for what is good and strong and try
to imitate it. Your faults will drop off like dead leaves when
their time comes." -John Ruskin
Visit my blog to see pictures of the snapping turtles we found
in the yard at my in-laws: http://encouragingwords.blogspot.com/
I encourage you this month to face your fears, take action
and to enjoy the day.
The Encouraging Coach
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