Living and Loving Life

Over the last few months plenty has happened in my life and in my business. I have found that I have experienced a lot of growth in many areas since January. I am now thinking about expanding into many areas in which I would have never dreamed of setting foot in a couple of years back. I believe that this is what happens when we open our hearts and minds to new things, and are proactive. A few main points that I seem to continually come back to that are important in both our own personal lives and our career are:

> Continue to meet new people and build on current relationships.
> Gain a good understand of who you are and how you think.
> Reflect on those experiences that are new to you.
> Spread your wings – be prepared to grow and move outside the boundaries that you previously set for yourself.
> And above all keep in the moment!

Ze Good Deed for Day Number Two

Yesterday in the middle of the day I went out of my way to take a friend to an important appointment.  This particular friend didn’t have transport readily available to them on the day and asked if I could possibly help out.  I am thankful that my business day usually provides enough flexibility that I can help friends and family out in this way.

An important thing in helping out a friend is to focus that time fully on them.  Make them feel important and like you do care, ie making them feel that they add value to your day, being there for them, listen to what they have to say (don’t do all the talking), and most importantly don’t let a pay cheque be the reason you decide not to catch up – if you can’t help them on the day then make sure you make time for them elsewhere in your week or month.

Planning for the Years Ahead?

I’ve heard from a good many Business Entrepreneurs that December and January (especially January) are their quiet or slow months.  Maybe this is true for you as well.

For me and my business it has been the total opposite.  Things have really taken off in the last couple of months.  I think a big part of this might be that I have been doing a good lot of goal setting and planning for the year/s ahead.

This quote rings true in my life and business right now:

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combusion.  You must set yourself on fire.”  ~ Arnold H. Glasow

Maybe you have a quote that really speaks to you that you would like to share with us.

What Networking Groups are you involved in?

I am curious as to what Business Networking Groups are available on the web and would like to encourage you to leave a comment at The Virtual Rave or here telling us about the groups you have found to be invaluable to you.  I’m hoping that this might offer links to a wide array of networking forums that business owner’s can then go and check out at their leisure.

Stop, Revive and Survive!

You might know of the saying ‘Stop, Revive and Survive’.  It’s a well known motto in Australia which reminds us not to drive when we are tired.  It reminds us to periodically stop, take a break, have a stretch and maybe even a coffee so that we can last out the journey.  Somehow this made me think of work.  It made me wonder how many people sit there for 12 hours a day or longer, in front of the computer without barely a break.  It also made me wonder how many people work seven days, burning the candle at both ends so to speak.

It is important for our health in plenty of ways to take a periodical break.  It is also important to our health that we allocate at least one ‘Stop, Revive and Survive’ day in a week where we barely (if at all) turn on the computer.

The Balance Between Good Process and Maintaining Friendships

Maybe you already have some good processes in place, or you or your Virtual Assistant are currently setting up some good systems for you to follow.  In setting up and maintaining systems I encourage you to remember to take the needs of others into consideration. There are definitely times when it is best to let something slide, or ease off a little for the sake of a friendship, or for the sake of another person’s health.

Busyness in Business

I don’t know whether anyone else is finding the same this week?  I have been absolutely flat out – and loving it!  I have plenty of work and more seems to keep on coming my way!  It is like that in both business and in life.  One week everything happens in full force and then the next week is so quiet it leaves us twiddling our thumbs and wondering why.  In those quiet times it is important to catch up on all those admin needs for your business – after all, who knows what tomorrow might bring.

Proactive Admin Services News this month focusses on Busyness in Business.  And if you join up for this free newsletter you also receive To Do List templates designed by us to help you organise your day.

Break time over, time to get back to work…