Are You Addicted to Busyness? Take the Busyness Test.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ We shame people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, but as a culture, we’ve actually normalized and even praised our common Addiction to Busyness. We expect successful people to be busy, so we present a persona of busyness in order to be perceived as successful. This “busyness,” writes author Tim Krieder in a NY Times Op-Ed, “serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness… Obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”  Sound familiar? In case

Pick your battles

    Mess not in the affairs of dragons, for you are Crunchy and taste good with Ketchup ~Author unknown   Pick your Battles, carefully. One of the most difficult lessons in life is learning which battles to fight. You and only you can decide how you will expend your energy.  It can be tough to remember that others do not get to make those decisions for you. One example of this is deciding when to say “no” at work. You always retain the right to say “no” that you cannot do something. Some good reasons to say no: You lack

Understanding Why You Are Addicted to Busyness

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In technologically wired society, multitasking has become an expectation, but we’ve taken this Puritanical work ethic to an extreme, to the point that busyness has become a seeming hallmark of success! In our previous Leadership Girl post on being Addicted to Busyness, we explored the first step toward tackling your Addiction to Busyness – by eliminating tasks on your to-do list that you find draining, instead of energizing. The next step in overcoming this Addiction to Busyness is examining why we, as individuals, feel the need to stay busy. In the words of physician and author Dr. Lisa Rankin:

Reclaim Your Time by Eliminating Time-wasting Pitfalls

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ Have you been struggling with time management and desperately need to reclaim your time? Time management is about getting more accomplished and having time left over to enjoy your life. If you don’t engage in effective time management, then you’ll find yourself wishing you could get more hours in a day consistently, and wondering where all of your time goes. There are several different dimensions to time management: Making effective use of your time by eliminating time-wasting activities, using tools and techniques to get the most out of the time you’re spending on a particular task,

5 Simple Tips-Put First Things First

Put First Things First, is the third habit in the 7 habits of highly effective people.  What exactly does that mean? To me, it means that you have to put things like God (or religion), Family, and Health first.  Without those things, there is nothing else.  You cannot be an effective leader without having your own house in order.  It simply is not possible to focus on work, career, and the world outside of your home, if you do not first take care of your Family, Health, and Religion. My 5 Tips to Put First Things first: Schedule regular exercise

The First Habit of Highly Effective People – Be Proactive

The first habit of Highly Effective People is to be Proactive.  What exactly does being Proactive mean?  What are the implications of being Proactive? In life, we generally know what is about to happen, whether we want it to or not.  The rent or mortgage payment will always be due on the first day of the month.  Christmas comes on December 25 each year.  I know that I have to pay my mortgage on time every month, so I set up a recurring payment in advance.  That way it’s not so stressful.  I do the same thing with my Christmas

Addicted to Busyness? Just Say No.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In our faced paced, 24×7 culture, Addicted to Busyness Syndrome (ATBS) has become an unspoken epidemic, most commonly among women. Women, especially those of us in business for ourselves, are expected to have it all – to be successful entrepreneurs, to raise a family, maintain a beautiful home, keep a robust social calendar, and somehow find time for daily exercise and fix healthy, wholesome meals. Not only does our society put these expectations on us, but we also set unreasonably high expectations for ourselves. How are we expected to achieve all of this? By doing more. By

Smart Tools for Effective Time Management

~by Dave Jones~ . If you don’t follow a timetable, you might begin your day by taking a seat at your work area pondering what you will do today. Chances are good that you won’t be beneficial, and likely will not achieve anything critical. Suppose you begin with checking email and then get diverted by the world outside of your inbox. At that point, you go on Facebook to get in your long range informal communication for the day and end up there for 60 minutes. At that point, do you remember something critical that should be accomplished for a

Parenting is a Full-time Job. Is it Time for Help?

~by Meg Powell~ Parenting these days is a full time job. If you are a mother and have ever felt that you just couldn’t get it all done, you are not alone. Between working and managing your household, managing the various activities of the children, homework, providing meals, cleaning up and returning all the weekly papers back to school for PTA, classroom assistance, etc., how does anyone have time for it all? What about the days the school is closed due to inclement weather, constant track out or summer camps, or illnesses that the kids keep bringing home? It is

9 Stress Relieving Secrets Every Woman Should Know

~by Dianna Sandora~ Do you ever feel so stressed that you’d just like for the world to stop spinning for a few minutes so that you can get off? I know there are times that is exactly how I feel. Too much to do and not enough time to do it in. What’s worse is – not only does your business suffer, so does your personal life. In this 24×7 go, go, go world, how do you survive?  If you’ve been looking for stress relieving tips, read on… Below you will find my nine closely guarded secrets that I have