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May 10, 2015

Networking is an essential tool today for making new business contacts. It enables you to connect in a one-to-one environment with people who are actively seeking to connect with you. One of the most useful aspects of the networking process is that you can learn from other people, perhaps with more experience of running their own business, and quickly gain invaluable insight into everything from best practices to time-saving shortcuts.

Knowledge and Experience Networking offers you face-to-face access to a diverse range of people and this opportunity ought to be seized upon. The attendees...

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May 10, 2015

We’ve all been there. You’re doing too much, things are getting on top of you, there’s no end in sight and your life seems to be an endless merry-go-round of activities, car journeys, meals and sleep. Where will it all end? You’re burning up your energy, your emotional reserves and not allowing yourself some respite to recharge your batteries. Here are some thoughts on buffering against a burnout.

Know Your Limits
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of burnout is actually acknowledging that you may be approaching that situation in your own mind. If you think you may be...

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Apr 26, 2015

Organising your time is perhaps the most important factor in ensuring you and your business are both efficient and therefore productive.  Try to be strict and allot a certain amount of time each day, or each week, to your own work. Be realistic when allocating timescales to your work so you have enough time to complete each task effectively. This will make it a lot easier for you to know your capabilities and ensure you’re not snowed under by unrealistic deadlines, mountains of work and phone calls from angry customers.

Seconds Out Whatever you are creating, be it a physical...

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Apr 26, 2015

There is no single definition of perfection, as everyone has a different perception of what perfection is.  In the same way, there is no one way of being the perfect mum.  Every parent’s situation is unique and you will face different challenges and require different skills as your family grows up. It’s important not to judge yourself by other people’s ideals. Have the strength and confidence to live the life you want and deserve, on your own terms.

Measure For Measure
It is very easy to become caught up in the effort of meeting a certain standard and measuring...

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Apr 12, 2015

Running a business and taking on work projects isn’t easy when you’re already trying to fit everything in around your family’s hectic schedule. Planning and mapping out a life schedule is important to keep all your commitments in focus and in perspective. It allows you to see clearly where your life is going and how you are going to get there. However you plan your schedule, always align it so the tasks are congruent with your personal goals.

Reach For Your Goals What do you want to get out of work? It’s no use devoting time and effort to your own business if...

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Apr 12, 2015

Only you know the real you. Your unique qualities are what make you who you are. The most important thing is to be true to yourself. You are not ‘just’ a mum, a wife, a friend, a colleague – you are all those things and so much more. Have the confidence to say what you believe and value your own opinions. Remain focused and accentuate the positives. Have the strength to live the life you want and deserve.

Learning To Rethink
If you are not aware of the possible elements that are impacting on your life’s happiness, how can you make positive changes? Try to recognise...

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Mar 23, 2015

Are you tired with your never-ending lists of chores and responsibilities? Is your world spinning a little too fast? Here are some quick ways you can reclaim order and enjoy a simpler and happier life!

1. Choose five values that are really important to you. Find ways every day to move towards living in accordance with your own beliefs.

2. Align your commitments with your values. Are they working in harmony? Cut the commitments that do little to enhance your quality of life.

3. Focus on each task on your to do list individually whenever possible. Although we women are great multi-taskers,...

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Mar 23, 2015

Wishes, dreams and hopes are all great but in order for any of them to be fulfilled, you must take action! Do you have a great business idea that has been in the back of your mind for months or longer? If you continue to procrastinate, your wishes will never come true. However, following the tips below will help you to enjoy greater business success.

Get Started If your idea will bring greater benefits to your business and therefore your life, start by writing down the idea. Writing it down will turn a wish into a tangible goal, which will motivate you to succeed. It sounds like a simple...

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Mar 09, 2015

Having goals and aspirations is great but unless you truly commit to them, they could remain unattainable pipedreams. However, if you write down your goals, you will have a better chance of making them a reality, helping you live the life you truly want and deserve.

Defining your goal establishes the destination. It tells you and those around you exactly what you want to achieve. Writing it down makes it real and tangible, providing the focus you need to get started. Writing down your goals provides that sense of purpose and a constant reminder you can revisit whenever you need motivation.

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Mar 09, 2015

Learning to say no can help enhance your life in lots of ways. It gives you instant control of your own decisions, needs and wants. It enables you to schedule your time according to your own requirements. It gives you a confidence boost and leaves you feeling empowered about your ability to stand up for yourself. Yet saying no is such a difficult thing to do! Here are some great ways you can say no – guilt-free – whenever you want.

Be Apologetic But Firm
If you feel uncomfortable about declining to do a task or favour for someone else that you fundamentally can’t or...

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