Here are seven easy tips that you can do this week to avoid the last minute panic:

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  1. 2016_christmas_planner_2Take your diary and go somewhere with no distractions for half an hour.
  2. Picture yourself at the end of the year and imagine feeling completely happy that you’ve got everything sorted. In that moment – say the 24th December – what are the major things that you ‘did’ that made a Christmas a stress free season? This exercise will help you stay focussed on what’s important.
  3. Decide which are the most important tasks to get done this week and allocate time for them in your diary. Allow more time than you think you need. You know why.
  4. Then look at what you don’t have time for. Can you delegate that task? Can you push it out? Can you talk to the other people involved and get an extension? Can you delete it?
  5. The statistics clearly show that despite most people saying they want to spend less each Christmas season, they buckle when they hit the mall. We typically spend more than we think. How can we get around this? It’s called a plan.
  6. Don’t sweat the Christmas shopping: there are so many great online stores that you can buy from and you won’t be tempted to spend more than you need. Start with your Ultimate Christmas Planner Christmas gift List and decide who you want to buy for first. Then decide what you think each person would like. Browse online for some ideas and write them down next to each name on your list. Set your budget and then whether you buy online or you step out into the lights and bling of the Christmas shops, you’ll have a plan and budget. That’s half the battle.
  7. If you don’t have a Christmas planner, you can purchase your copy of our Organised By Christmas Planner

 

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Your Ultimate Life

See it, feel it, create it, share it…. milk it! Your Ultimate Life

The first step to getting anything you want in life is to get clear about what it is you want. Simple, yes? But do we always do it? No. A lot of our day is spent worrying about what we don’t want or focussing on the results we don’t want. By creating a clear picture of what you DO want and keeping it close by, you will be able to spend more time move toward it rather than away from it. Pretty simple!

Sadly many people adopt the ‘pin the tail on the donkey method’ of approaching what they want in life. They have a vague notion of what they want – not a clear picture. They are figuratively blindfolded as they then set about in all directions hoping it’s going to get them closer to their target. It’s a costly and ‘round about’ way to getting what you want in life.

Every successful program of action starts with a plan – YOUR PLAN – and the clearer your plan, the easier it’s going to be to hit it.

No matter how busy your life is time set aside to get connected with what you want pays off huge dividends. Seeing your vision everyday will inspire you and give you the juice you need in the tank on the days when you’re feeling flat, when you’re procrastinating, and when you feel overwhelmed.

Write it, see it, feel it, connect to it and then milk it!

Write your perfect life:

Think about the different areas of your life: what do you want to have happen in each area? Don’t worry about the time frame, or the specifics of how you’re going to get what you want, just think about the various areas of your life and ask yourself, if there was nothing that could stop me, what would life be like for me? Take a pen and paper and write down what comes to mind:

Top tips for getting in the ‘right headspace’ for creating your vision of the future:

  • Go to a location that is calm and inspiring
  • That place should not be cluttered or have distractions
  • Put on some music
  • Sit in a comfortable chair
  • Shut your eyes and imagine yourself five years from now
  • Pretend you’re in a movie.
  • If nothing’s coming to mind, ask yourself the 5 Ws: what where when who and why

See it, Feel it, Connect to it:

Vision boards are a powerful way to get you connected with what you want to be, do, have and achieve. A vision board is a kind of visual and verbal articulation of your goals.

You can cut pictures out of magazines, draw, or use your own photos. Digital vision boards have become popular with people wanting to get instant access to inspiration on the run. If you’re really adventurous, you might want to make a movie style vision board and there are programs available online that can do that for you such as http://www.animoto.com

Simple steps to creating a vision board:

  1. Gather your materials: Poster board or a cork board – doesn’t matter what colour
  2. A big pile of all different sorts of magazines. You want a big variety so that you have lots of different images. You can scan them in or you can get old magazines from libraries, etc.
  3. Glue & scissors

Before you cut a single magazine: Make sure you finished the first exercise – getting clear about what you want. You want to know what you’re looking for, what your purpose is in each area, and what would make your life great.

Be Specific. By being as detailed as possible, your subconscious can more easily focus on the goal. Use pictures of yourself in your vision board along with friends and family. Instead of using a generic beach and ocean scene when envisaging a holiday, for example, use an image of the exact location you wish to visit and paste an image of yourself on the scene.

Don’t worry about how. If you spend energy trying to work out how you’re going to get what you want your practical left brain will constantly throw up excuses such as, “Well how are you going to get a million dollars?” or “Where will you meet your ideal partner?” In this exercise, you just want to listen to your heart, and to the right side of the brain, the creative side, and just believe.

Accessibility. Ensure your vision board is somewhere where it will be seen regularly. If you prefer the traditional card style (A3 size works well – you can get good quality card stock from craft shops) stick it somewhere where it will be seen at least a couple of times a day. Not just glimpsed at but somewhere where you can spend a good few minutes putting energy into envisaging the images on your board as if they were real life happening to you right now. Your bathroom might be an option – perhaps behind the vanity mirror. Laminate them first to protect them from moisture. Create a mini-version by scanning it in to your computer, resizing it and printing out an A5 version to carry around in your diary. If you spend a lot of time at your computer, consider saving your PowerPoint vision board as your screensaver (using the My Pictures Slideshow option) so that you’re regularly focusing on it. If you use vision board software, it can be accessed on your mobile device and you’ll be instantly inspired.

Tell a friend. Only a small percentage of people set goals for themselves. Creating a vision board helps clarify those goals. Sharing your vision board with a friend will help cement those goals and keep you on track to achieve your vision. Don’t share your vision board with someone who does not understand how they work – they may put doubts in your head. As an example, they might point at a photo of you flying a plane and say, “You’re never going to get your pilot’s licence, you’re scared of flying.” But getting a pilot’s licence is your ultimate goal in conquering your fear of flying. Or they might try and be practical by saying, “You can’t have a Balinese style hut in the Alps, that’s impossible.” Against the odds, there are sub-tropical gardens on an estate in England – a climate not know for jungle plants! Nothing is impossible. Across Europe, far from the coast, there exist enclosed beaches complete with sand and waves – they exist because someone had a vision. Share your vision board with friends that you know will be supportive and encouraging, and perhaps even look out for opportunities for you. If they know your dream job is a travel presenter for example, the will more likely to let you know of any contacts or chances they hear about.

Be Comprehensive. The mind works on exclusion as well as inclusion so it’s important to cover all aspects of your life – friendship, money, career, family, health, location. If you put too much emphasis on only one area or even if you neglect only one area it will create an imbalance. A vision board focused solely on wealth may well bring riches but possibly at the expense of health and happiness.

We’re very excited to announce a brand new member service called Milking It! Systems for Success in Life, Business and Home.

The focus of this program is to give busy mums the systems they need in their home and life to achieve their goals and realise their enormous potential. Many of you have written to me over the years telling that you love the DYRTM organiser but if only you had a coach alongside you to make sure it happens! Someone to keep you accountable to achieving your goals and putting those systems in place in your home and life that you know are going to make you successful. You will receive a complimentary gift if you join in the next seven days, The Ultimate Christmas Planner.

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What’s Cooking in Your Kitchen?

Does your kitchen also serve as a part time office? workbench? school project centre? party room? When you think about it, we expect a lot from the room we call ‘kitchen’, So my question for you is this: does your kitchen serve and support your daily life, with streamlined order and touches of heart and soul, or does it need a little magic wand treatment? If it’s the latter, click here to get our Clever Kitchens guide. Clever Kitchens reveals the common issues with most kitchens that are easily overcome, the ten steps to organising your kitchen like a professional, clever kitchens techniques and routines to make your day a dream, and the details of how to put some heart and soul back into your kitchen.

I know when my kitchen is sorted my days always take off to a great start. I admit this is not every day – there are ebbs and flows in life that sometimes keep me from my usual kitchen maintenance routine – but when my kitchen is sorted, I feel like I can take on the world. It cannot be underestimated the feeling you get when you’re greeted in the morning with a fridge whose contents are visible and fresh, a pantry displaying neat rows of easily accessible produce and benches clean and clear. Implements have a logical home and you need only to think about the day ahead rather than the loose ends and unmade decisions of yesterday. In fact, it’s such a great feeling, that I had to write about it and share the secrets in my e-book Clever Kitchen Drawers. So let’s cut to the chase – if your kitchen is not serving and supporting you today, it’s time to make a change. Here are seven signs that tell you your kitchen passes the Clever Kitchens test:

  1. Your benches are completely clear and ready to deal with whatever you need to throw at them, be it school bags, brief case, shopping bags or tonight’s dinner
  2. You take less than 3 minutes to unpack the dishwasher because every item has a home in a logical place
  3. The cupboards and drawers are not overstuffed and their contents do not leap out and try and grab you when you go to take one of the 20% of items you actually use. Yes, did you get that? Only 20% of what you keep in your kitchen is actually used…….hmmm….(see you later pizza stone, fondue pot, bread maker, pasta machine and vegetable juicer, anything costing $19.99 on late night television)
  4. You have five zones in which all relevant items are located: cleaning, cooking, food preparation, food storage, food serving (oh, and the sixth: the ‘dumping’ zone!)
  5. Weight, size and frequency of use are taken into consideration when deciding where to store your items
  6. You have a place to think and plan while the pots are on the boil. Whether it be a laptop, a reference binder, a pad and pen or just the phone, you have the ability to connect to yourself and the world while you turn out culinary masterpieces.
  7. People feel good in your space – you feel good there. It just flows.

So if you want to know how to achieve this, we’ve done the hard work for you. You can get access to the Clever_Kitchens workbook here

Top Ten Travel Tips (for working parents)

As parents, we sometimes think it would just be easier to stay home than to deal with the packing, the whining and those dreaded words ‘are we there yet?’ Don’t put off non-essential trips because it all seems like too much hard work. From pre-trip planning to packing and arrival, these top ten travel tips will ensure busy parents arrive ready for business…

  1. Pre-trip planning Book flights as far in advance as possible to get the cheapest possible fare. Likewise, schedule all your meetings and social catch-ups early so that you hit the ground running. It’s far easier to move early appointments than reschedule late ones.
  2. Packing The simple rule to this is don’t over pack – it makes travel unnecessarily challenging. if you’re going for seven days, take five tops that go with three different bottoms. You’ll have 15 possible outfits for day and night. Pack accessories like scarves and belts that change the look of an outfit. Take items that don’t need ironing – no linen! – and for garments that do need ironing, wrap them in a plastic dry cleaning bag to prevent the friction with other clothes that leads to creasing.
  3. Five things to do The Day Before Online check in if you can. Review your suitcase and take five things out of it. Yes, five. Unless you’re going to the MIR space station, chances are you’ll be able to buy anything you forget anyway. Ensure phones and cameras are charged and have fresh batteries. Remember to pack chargers if going for an extended stay and any necessary adaptors if travelling overseas.
  4. Boarding If travelling with small children, you’ll often be invited to board the plan first. While this sounds wonderful, the reality is you’ll be on the plane trying to keep small children occupied while everyone else is boarding and before the in-flight entertainment starts running. Those twenty minutes can seem like twenty years…
  5. In flight Most modern airlines have entertainment covered but in the case of technical difficulties (it happens) pack entertainment for the kids and the latest blockbuster or an e-book for you. Portable games consoles are fantastic but remember to include the headphones to avoid arguments and a selection of games.
  6. Use the time As tempting as it is to use flight time to catch up on work or a business e-book you’ve been meaning to read, there’s often too much going on around you to concentrate and you’ll just arrive flustered and distracted. So pop the headphones in and relax so that you arrive fresh.
  7. Have car, will travel – If driving to your destination, portable DVD players are a wonderful thing. Some come with two screens that can be fitted to the back of the driver and passenger headrests for children in the back. Remember to take lots of breaks – at least every two hours. Plan before you leave to stop somewhere pleasant with a bit of space so that everyone can stretch their legs.
  8. Upon arrival – Give yourself time to completely unpack.  If you’re staying in the one accommodation for a few days, put clothes away in the robe and toiletries in bathroom drawers. Put the suitcase under the bed. You’ll feel more organized and will be better focused when not ‘living out of a suitcase’. You’ll also find packing to leave easier because you’ll be starting with an empty space.
  9. The things that are ALWAYS handy to have away from home – Mobile phone, even if you’re overseas and don’t have an international or roaming SIM, it has all your contacts in it. Any essential medical supplies for those with special health needs (allergies, diabetes) and a copy of any ongoing prescriptions. Most airlines will also require a letter from a doctor.
  10. Business to attend to Remember your business cards. Having a dedicated business card holder is a great option for frequent travellers because it keeps them from getting lost or damaged and it makes you look more professional than fumbling around in a purse. if you don’t want to travel with a laptop, take copies of files on a USB stick or other memory device.  Or take advantage of online storage systems for non-confidential files that can be accessed through the internet.

What’s your number one travel tip? Add your thoughts below.

More inspiring travel tips can be found in the DYRTM e-book. Purchase a copy here.

When the going gets tough, the tough get organised

After a turbulent start to the year, many Queenslanders are in the midst of re-establishing themselves and getting their homes, families and lives sorted. For some, starting afresh means tackling seemingly insurmountable odds, for others it’s back to the daily grind.

However, according to best-selling Australian author of Paper Flow and Did You Remember the Milk; and Brisbane-based mum of three Brigitte Hinneberg, 2016 could present a positive opportunity for people to reorganise and gain control of their home, work and life.

“However, this topsy-turvy time has also made us identify what’s really important to us and that’s a good thing to get clear and a great place to start,” she says. “For many people this year could be a positive experience and one of substantial personal growth.

“Getting organised is going to be the key to our success. Taking a relatively small amount of time to get some simple systems in place will save you huge amounts of time, energy, money and frustration in the long term.”

This is what getting organised could save you in 2016:

  • 260 hours – Australians waste this time each year looking for lost documents
  • $2,000 – this is what we pay in late fees, lost health receipts, fines and unclaimed gift cards.

Despite being more tech-savvy, people are losing the paper war:

A piece of paper is moved 8 times before it is tossed or filed
80% of paper that is filed is never accessed again
70% of Australians use ‘to do’ lists, but never feel on top of them.

Here are some of Brigitte’s top tips to get 2011 back on track:

Mission Control

  • Create a ‘control tower’ – your personal office where you manage your recurring actions like paying bills and handling correspondence. This is where you’ll move your key projects forward each day. Within arms reach should be your main reference folders such as your important documents folder, current financial records and ready reference information like school contacts, schedules, planners and business reference.
  • The level of cleaning up and clearing up will vary between each household but the principle remains the same, choose one room at a time and break down the task. For some it will be a case of needing new furniture and for others it will be a major de-clutter. If so, start with de-cluttering before you re-organise it. Trying to get organised in a messy room will prolong the task. Put your space through the 7 step milking it approach to de-cluttering: assess the room, set your goals, create your zones and decide your scope, set a deadline, set some rules (how much are you going to get rid of?), assign each item to a category of keep, toss, donate, repair or reassign, decide what needs to go.

Be Your Own Task Master

  • It may sound basic, but only use one notebook you carry with you and put all appointments, tasks and key dates into one diary. The one diary, one notebook rule will keep everything in one place and at your fingertips when you need to access it. Keep removable tabs in your notebook so you can jump to categories.
  • Always start the day with a plan and tackle the most important things first. Daily planning is the most powerful tool for getting control of your time.
  • No more multi-tasking! Despite popular belief, the fastest and easiest way to get anything done is to get clear, set your target and focus!
  • Master the art of estimating your time and remember for every task to allow set up time, project time, and clean up/winding down time as well as travel time and a buffer for interruptions

Me Time

  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed and in a rut, allow time for yourself because in order to go the distance and keep moving forward, you want to be operating in optimal condition. Although you might be strapped for time, exercise and healthy eating will give you more energy for your busy day and more endorphins, which will combat stress. Planning meals in advance will make shopping and cooking easier and save you time.
  • Aim to get eight hours of sleep per night and at least two of those before midnight. If you have things that are worrying you, write them down before you go to bed and then forget about them until you wake up.

The Power of Positive Thinking – create a new vision

  • It’s no secret that thinking positively and eliminating negative thoughts is a great way to combat stress. Become aware of the negative thoughts that crop up in your mind through worry, stress, anger, resentment and fear and write them down. Then come up with a new replacement thought that could help you re-frame the negative one.

Brigitte Hinneberg’s latest book Paper Flow the ultimate guide to making paperwork easy RRP $24.95 is available in all good bookstores, Australia Post, kikki.K, Officeworks, and selected newsagents.

Now she has launched her latest life-empowering tool, Milking It, an easy to use program that helps busy working mums achieve more with less effort.

“I wanted to create an affordable and easily accessible online coaching program, that you could access whenever you need it, wherever you are,” Brigitte said. Milking it gives you the tools and training to create 12 tried and tested systems that you can put in place in your life, business and home, such as: planning and time management, de-cluttering, meal planning, paper flow organisation, finances and helping children gain independence.

Click here to find out more about Milking It.