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The Time To Take Charge Is NOW!

Life is consistently getting busier. At times it can be overwhelming. Every day, our world changes at a rapid pace. We have all the modern devices to be able to work faster, to be reachable 24/7, we no longer grate the carrots, beat the batter, whip the eggs, wring out the washing (or even hang it out), no more waiting for a phone call or a letter. Everything is done in a flash, and still we run out of time.

Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow provides some insights on this fraught relationship we have with all our smart technological devices. In an experiment that focused on mandating time off for consultants for at least one night per week, she noticed that , surprise, surprise — over time — their work lives improved.

But, here’s the thing:

Your business will not collapse if you don’t respond to e-mail at 11 PM.

Waiting until 9 AM has plenty of benefits that arguably outweigh the benefits of speed, such as giving ourselves an opportunity to think through the problem and provide a better idea that customers will appreciate.

Instead of acquiescing to the knee-jerk reflex of responding to every incoming message on our computer, or even worse on our mobile devices, we should put these devices in their place — that is, to serve us, and not the other way around. Creating boundaries around the way they impact your life can be revolutionary. Read More

Getting Things Done!

I’ll be talking a lot here in coming posts about Getting Things Done, a book by David Allen whose apt subtitle is “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.” You’ve probably heard about it around the global web or have been buttonholed by somebody in your office who swears by GTD.

(At the moment it probably only takes a backseat in popularity only to recent diets such as Ducan and Paleo, which have finally topped the Atkins Diet in terms of the number of enthusiastic evangelists: sorry about that.)

If you are a member of the Savvy Team, I wanted to provide a gentle, friendly introduction to Getting Things Done, so that you can have a read and think about whether it might be right for you in your business. It also gives you time to pick up your own copy of the book and get a feel for how David’s system works.

You can support the Savvy-Team by buying the book from here at a saving of 20% off already amazing prices (but it’s also available, of course at full retail, on shelves at your local bookstore). You’ll also eventually want to grab some of the other GTD essentials, like a ton of manila folders, a good label maker, and a great big garbage can.

It’s time to get your act together, you’ll be glad you did!  Read More

Bring Your Work and Life Into Balance

Balancing Life and Work Isn't Easy

Most people don’t know how to balance work in relationship to other areas of their life, often described as work/life balance, and this causes untold stress everywhere in their lives.

Hectic work schedules, increased responsibility, new technology, and the need to read and respond to growing quantities of email and voicemail are just some of the things that place huge demands on your work life.

This pressure may cause you to feel as if your work is a prison that you can never escape, as more and more keeps coming at you. It can also make you feel overwhelmed and stuck, so that you cannot even conceive of taking on anything – even the things you may really want to do.

It’s important to develop new skills that made each task that you take on easier as well as learn simple strategies of delegation and empowerment of self and others. The concept of learning how to get more done in less time, remember the old adage: “If you want something done quickly and well, give it to a busy person.”? It may sound trite, but it’s true, and this is the reason why some people can achieve so much, while most of us lead mediocre lives. Often our poor attitudes, organizational or people skills are what’s holding us back, but these can be easily developed. Read More

The Natural Way to Better Health for Life

Everyone seems to have a special health remedy these days: Pilates specialists, raw-food specialists, sleep-disorder specialists, air-purification specialists, and of course countless “diet” specialists.

But we learnt first-hand twenty years ago, that good health is not the result of trendy “discoveries” by pseudo-scientists or one luminary’s expertise in an isolated field. And that it isn’t necessarily an accident – although people may accidently develop healthful habits due to upbringing, culture or circumstance.

After more than twenty years examining the effects of a variety of lifestyle factors on the human body, and teaching many thousands of people how to regain good health, we’ve realized even more strongly than before that good health is based on synergy. As we’ve taught for decades, there are multiple components working together to make you feel great, and we incorporated these first in our 2000 joint book 25 Ways You Can Look And Feel Years Younger which has been available more recently in an ebook version.

In this article we bring these essential building blocks together in one powerful resource, so you can personally take responsibility for your own and your families health, once and for all. The book is currently being re-written to bring it up-to-the-minute, and will be republished shortly.

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