Life Lessons From The Road

A Simple Tip For Over-Loaded Young Parents

11 April 2017

Now my latest book, ‘Getting a Grip on Parenting Time: 86 commonsense lessons from the trenches’ is out, I’m getting regular requests to run time management seminars for young parents. The most recent one was a Zonta-sponsored one at Mangawhai Heads, an hour or so north of Auckland last Tuesday, in the midst of the worst […]

 

How To Keep That Holiday Feeling For Longer

20 January 2017

Here are some practical steps to help you sustain your holiday joie de vivre past the first few hours back at work!   Step 1: Lock in ‘time out’ – every week Recharge and personal time is too important to leave to chance – it needs to be planned for. If you consistently plan your […]

 

The Best Little Taxi Company In New Zealand

13 December 2016

Taxis are taxis, at the end of the day – or could they be something else? I’d been visiting my elderly aunt at the new Possum Bourne Ryman Retirement Village in Pukekohe when a bright lime green pamphlet about White Rose Cars [ www.whiterosecars.co.nz ] transport service was dropped in her letterbox. I’d also seen […]

 


Use Technology To Save Your Time, Money & Sanity

21 June 2016

Doing the grocery shopping is one of those tasks that we all have to do – and it’s a time-consumer. You might be one of the smart ones who has already changed to buying your groceries online, in which case you can feel very virtuous. Until about a month ago I’d been putting off the […]

 

Why Do We Work Such Long Hours?

31 May 2016

As I work with clients in many countries, a recurring theme is how to work less hours. Some are doing it but most are still seeking that particular Holy Grail! Trouble is, many think they’re locked in, with no choice but to work crazy hours. Dave, an automotive care business owner, was a seminar participant. […]

 

The Time-Saving Chart That Made The Car Company Money

17 May 2016

Many clients over the years, both in groups and one-on-one coaching with me, have shared the frustration of trying to keep up with follow-up of some kind — either with hot prospects, referral partners, customers or suppliers. It came up again this morning with Henry, who works in the financial services sector. He said: ‘A lot […]

 

When Multi-Tasking Went Wrong – Lessons My Grandchildren Taught Me

11 February 2013

Ever felt overwhelmed with too much ‘stuff’ in your space and a cotton wool head? I think I’m pretty good at clearing clutter and keeping focused (my life’s work since around 1992 has been to help others with that very issue), but just the other day I fell back into the insidious bog of overwhelm […]

 

The Power of a Good Story

It was a hot Monday afternoon in June 2007. Gazing up at me expectantly was a sea of ebony-black faces – over one thousand graduating students of Covenant University, located on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria. I’d been invited there in my role as 2006-2007 World President of the International Federation for Professional Speakers. With […]

 

The Angel In Disguise

This story links intuition, avoidance of stress, and perception, and how I was helped to catch a train (a very lateral lesson in time choices). I’d just finished two days of work for the CPA Queensland (Certified Practising Accountants) Congress in Brisbane. Reforming ‘rush-aholic’ that I am, I’d packed my other bags ready to leave […]

 

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