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Getting Around To It

Getting Around To It

So it is the first week of January 2015 and you are probably already wondering how you are going to get everything done that you thought you wanted to in 2015…does that sound about right? January 1st came and there was a resounding “I’ll get around to that—soon/tomorrow/next week” Let’s see how Timer® Tips can help.

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Losing weight can seem daunting if you don’t have a plan and you have no idea how you are going to lose weight or how much weight you should lose. There are a lot of things you need to do before you start losing weight, in fact Chapter 4 of TimerDIET is dedicated just to what you need to do before you start to lose weight. Sometimes we procrastinate because we are just not sure where to start. Fear of failure can set in since we are truly positive we have no idea what we are doing or should do!

Here are the subsections in Chapter 4—Before You Start

  • Wardrobe Makeover
  • Refrigerator, Freezer, Pantry, and Spice Cabinet Makeover
  • Kitchen Makeover
  • Cooking
  • Nutrients
  • Grocery Shopping and Menu Creating
  • Journals
  • Bad Habits and Vices
  • How Did I Get Here?
  • Loving Life, Stress, and Giving
  • Giving Up One Food
  • Goal Setting

Preparation is the most important step (next to action) to get you to where you want to be!

TimerSAVINGS™

Lack of savings affects more than our spending decisions. It can affect our weight, our health, and our joy of life. Savings is not just for a rainy day. Savings allows you to live life without being in constant fear that you may lose a job, a client may leave, or an illness will bankrupt you tomorrow. Sometimes our desire to save money can be so great that we forget to give and that too, can create its own set of problems. We were really meant to spend, save (invest), and give. It helps our psyche! The way we see the world. The way we interact with the world. The amounts are irrelevant, the percentage of our out flow is really what makes a difference. While I think the percentage decision is a very personal one and you will feel it in your gut when you are right and when you are NOT! The most common starting points are 10% of income to giving and savings should be one year’s salary in the bank. Please don’t stress out if you don’t have this in savings, but do what you can to make that your goal this year. You will be surprised when you make savings a goal, along with a giving plan, miracles begin to happen. So do it now, make your plan and work your plan!

TimerORGANIZER™

Are you not so organized or perhaps organized in some areas of your life and not so much in others? Organizing your things so you are not constantly looking for them is just as important as organizing your time so that you can get the most out of each day! Think each day how long will a task really take, try setting your timer and give yourself that exact amount of time to finish the task. You will be surprised that giving yourself only so much time to get something done will actually force you to get it done in a shorter amount of time. Be sure to set aside time at the end of the day to organize your stuff for the following day. Do your best to put in your ‘to-do’ list only what you plan on doing each day. Otherwise you are training yourself to not finish what you put on your ‘to-do’ list. As you go through the day and you realize that your time is not as available as you originally thought, start moving or deleting things from your to-do list. This allows your to-do list to be only those items you currently believe you will finish that day!

I hope these Timer®Tips help you in Getting Around To It, when it comes to your diet, organization, and savings!

Sherri Sue Fisher author of TimerDIET, TimerORGANIZER, and TimerSAVINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule It

Schedule It

Vacation Time
Vacation Time

Do you want to feel that you should be doing what it is that you are doing? Have you ever gone to the office and thought about everything you need to do at home and then once you got home thought of everything you need to do at the office?  Conversely, have you ever been in the moment? Whether it was a crises or a massage or vacation, or maybe a deadline that had to be done? What do each of these have in common? You need or want to be there during the time that you are there. While crisis are not scheduled they take precedence and you realize that you need to be where you are and nowhere else. In the case of the massage or vacation you scheduled it, looked forward to it and planned on doing it at the time that you are doing it. You Scheduled It!

Family, Friends, and Alone Time

Family, friends, alone time
Family, friends, alone time

Schedule everything that is important to you! Date night, family night, movies with friends, alone time with a bubble bath. If you don’t know when you are going to do these things, how do you know you are going to do them? By scheduling these things that are important to you, you won’t be thinking that you should be doing them, because you know exactly when you will be doing them.

House Cleaning, Errands, and Finances

Yes, it is important to schedule the more mundane things in life as well. Knowing that Saturday afternoon is your housecleaning time will keep you from going through the whole week wondering, “When will I get to clean the floors and when should I do that load of laundry?” I am not saying that if certain issues arise that you can’t go ahead and do what needs to be done. But, whenever you find yourself worrying or wondering when you are going to get around to doing something get your calendar out and schedule it. The same goes with errands, if you plan on dropping off dry-cleaning at a certain time you can create predictably and work your schedule so that you have a clean suit whenever you need it. Speaking of laundry, if you don’t need to do laundry every week then change it to every other week and see if that works into your schedule better.

Work and Projects

Work Time
Work Time

We all have various things that need to be done in our work. Schedule your various functions so that you are not wondering all morning long when you are going to get to the agenda for the next day’s meeting. Put it on your calendar and focus your efforts where you are needed now and do what you have scheduled when your reminder goes off.

Sherri Sue Fisher author TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

Plan Your Day

Plan Your Day

What do you want to accomplish? What are your goals? Do you have short-term and long-term goals? Have you made a written plan to make your goals happen?  Life can be very hectic and before you know it the day, week, month, year, and decade have gone by and those goals are distant memories…

Greatness Requires a Plan

2014 is Almost Over
2014 is Almost Over

Have you ever looked at someone who has achieved much greatness and said, “I don’t know how they did it?” This can be seen in athletes, especially. There is no way that a great athlete woke up, after years of leading a sedentary lifestyle, walked onto a field and won. No, they may not have started as a young child, but there was a point in time when they did wake up with a dream. With that dream came a plan, perhaps one that they created on their own or one that was created for them with a coach or parent. But, discipline was involved as well as a structured life. The fun times were also structured and well defined as to what is and is not allowed. If you want to achieve greatness in any area of your life this is what you need to do.

Education Must Lead to Action

Do YOU have a Dream?
Do YOU have a Dream?

At some point you need to stop educating yourself and DO! I just watched a TV segment that showed a woman with $70,000 in college debt and no prospects for work in her field of study. Education is important and sometimes that comes in the form of college and sometimes it does not. Educating yourself without a clear defined goal and purpose is just that…education without a clear defined goal or purpose and can lead to financial devastation for you and your family. Do you know what you want to do with your degree? If you had that degree right now today, what jobs would you be qualified for? How many of them are open in the place you want to live? Do they require additional experience, thus the possibility of getting an internship while in college? Or working part-time in your field of study during the summers. Go look for job openings and see if you can find out what salary positions in your field of study with the exact degree you want to get will pay.

Alternative to Formal Education

Depending on what you want to do there are a lot of different ways to get education. You can even audit a college course for a fraction of the cost. This means you attend the class and do everything that everyone else does but you do not get a course credit for the class. Perhaps you don’t need a degree but you do need to refine your skills in a certain area. There are also unlimited self-study courses out there that specialize in personal and professional development and are great for learning software programs or business marketing and structure. Many are free if you are willing to listen to their pitch for a portion of the course.

Whatever Your Plan Is

Set a Goal!
Set a Goal!

Whatever your plan is take the necessary steps to make it happen. You can adjust along the way. But, inaction will give you just that—no action! Try it—make a goal and then make a plan, what is the worst that could happen?

As a special bonus for this Blog I will give away an autographed copies of my latest book TimerOrganizer for anyone who sends me an email between now and through the end of the day September 10, 2014 at Sherri@TimerOrganizer.com so send me an email with your mailing info and I will send you an autographed copy to get you started on making your goals come true!!

 Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet