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Mice Net : October 2008
business coaching 22 - get over it – move on – let go! Many people (including the old me) spend minutes, hours, days, weeks even, stewing, worrying, being guilty, procrastinating, wasting time and not being productive by not letting go of the past. It’s gone – you can’t change it, there’s nothing you can do to alter it. Learn from it and go forward. 21 - PPt – Personal PreParation time Either at the very start of each day or at the end of each day spend some time alone to redo your “to do” list, re-evaluate your priorities, work out what the important things are that you should be spending your time doing, reflect, and check in with what is going on for you today (10 minutes max). 20 - create your own day – the one that you want - every day Take responsibility for most of what happens to you each day. With everything that is going on in your life at work (and outside) you are the determining factor. Your energy, your reactions, your choices, your intentions, your moods, your emotions are what create your life. Stop blaming everyone else – the boss, the deadlines, the pressure, and the clients. Start each day with a good intention, with a positive frame of mind, with trust and belief in yourself that all will go well. 19 - chunk your day Set aside large chunks of time each day to do the important priorities and at the same time minimise the controllable distractions. So for a couple of hours each day if you are at the desk turn off the mobile or don’t keep checking your email and focus on the one thing and get it done. When I go to client meetings at their offices, I leave my mobile phone in the car so that they have my full concentration and attention. 18 - become a volunteer There is a great program that I am a small part of called Telecross run by the Red Cross. All it takes from me is one phone call every day at about 8am. I ring an elderly person who lives on their own each morning for a month. I get a new person each month so that we don’t become too attached. This small thing that I do helps me put my own life, day and my priorities into perspective and is a good way to start each day. 17 - get outside in the natural sunlight for 20 minutes every day Sunlight, fresh air, vitamin D, some rays - a change of environment from your usual workplace is simply just good for you. 16 - find a mentor It’s good to have someone to talk to, someone you can trust, someone who really does listen and understand and who doesn’t judge and criticise you. I’ll guarantee there is someone in your organisation or someone you know, a friend of a friend, who could be this person, and guess what – they will also get something out of it as well and will look forward to it. Next issue Peter will continue the countdown to number 1. Peter is best contacted on mobile 0417 221 903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. He welcomes any feedback or comments. INTRODUCING AUSTRALIA’S GREENEST EXHIBITION BUILDING. South Australia is now home to Australia’s most advanced exhibition building. The new Goyder Pavilion at the Adelaide Showground will set a new benchmark as one of the worlds greenest venues; able to boast 100% self sufficiency in both energy and water. Which is quite an amazing accomplishment when you consider the Adelaide Showground is now also Australia’s third largest exhibition venue offering 26,300sqm of integrated, air-conditioned exhibition space. For further details visit adelaideshowground.com.au centre of attention mice.net 35 WDM19069