Ways to Tune Up Your Life
by Kathy Gates
1. Finish what you started -- that pile that needs
tossing, your income tax, painting the bedroom. Pick
one, finish it; pick another, finish it.
2. Set goals for each day. Have a plan. What time you
get up, where you go, what you do. You've got 24 hours.
Schedule it. Protect it. Commit to some particular goals
for that day and say No to all other distractions.
3. Organize your day. Watch for distractions. I love to
write, but I love to do so many other interesting things
too - read a good book, work in the garden, talk to my
friends, play with the kids. But it's important to stay
focused on what's most important at any particular time.
4. Take charge of your time. Time is the great
equalizer. No matter how smart, how young, how pretty,
how rich, every person has only 24 hours a day to use to
his advantage. Consciously choose what time you get up,
how far you drive to work. Choose what time you go to
bed, how you spend your mornings, how you spend your
5. Practice maintenance on your life. Regularly check
for problems and see what needs to be tended to BEFORE
it becomes a big problem.
6. Be consistent. Break the goal down into 15 minute
tasks. For example, if your closet has clothes from 1987
in it, just spend 15 minutes a day (schedule it!) going
through it until it's organized. At the end of the
month, you'll have created 7-1/2 hours of work - one
whole *free* Saturday!
7. Stop Worrying, Start Doing. Choose to make better
choices. You are currently choosing to worry for days
(months?) about a job that would take you only a few
hours. You are capable of choosing better. Choose to
take action, or delegate the action to someone else.
Professional Life Coach Kathy Gates is the author of
several e-books and e-courses designed to help people
live happier, healthier, easier lives. Sign up for her
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