• 3 things to do before starting another week

    Do these THREE things before diving into another week. Trust me… they’ll make all the difference…

    1) Spend 10 minutes (its just 10 mins) REFLECTING on how things went last week in two columns… positives and improvements (so you don’t just zoom in on the negatives) ????

    2. PLAN – what do you want to achieve this week? Focus on just 1-3 things that will really move the needle and you’ll be dancing round the street if you do.

    3. BOOK – get your diary out and book 30 mins in on Wednesday to see how you’re doing and stay on track.

    If you’re thinking *chance would be a fine thing, have you seen my diary?!* then lets talk ????


    If you’re a Business Leader and you’re ready to get out of the weeds, side step self doubt and elevate as a leader feel free to book call for more info on how I can help you or your team.

  • How creating space in your diary can help when something unexpected happens

    Life happens sometimes!

    At the end of last year my eldest daughter got ill and had to go into hospital for a few days

    So, I did what any mum would do. I dropped everything, completely cleared my diary and focused on her and being a mum, because this is actually the reason I resigned from my corporate life back in 2010…and it’s something I have never ever lost sight of.

    I’m a mum first!

    I know how real the juggle is!!

    My diary was full to the brim on this particular week as I was trying to clear things off before the holidays…so there was a lot of emails saying we had to push back to the New Year and it reminded me of something that I fiercely protect.


    I learnt this skill from my corporate life and from working with hundreds of CEO’s, Managing Directors and Senior Leaders…


    When you consciously protect space in your diary, you can nudge things around if you need to without frantically searching for a day or even an hour to have that call that you needed to re-arrange.

    And when you cultivate space, you have time to think, reflect, or even take the afternoon off for a cheeky coffee and cake date with your best friend that you haven’t seen in ages.

    So,  take a glance at your diary and add in some space.

    Add in the school holidays or just normal holidays

    Add in dates with your other half (even if they end up being dates with yourself ?)

    Add in thinking and planning and strategy days

    And add in just the odd day here and there for unexpected fun.

    Creating space is magic!!




  • How to make space in a busy day

    Have you ever got to the end of your day and just felt like all you’ve done all day is keep plates spinning or that you can’t get off the hamster wheel?

    When things feel busy, it can be easy to feel as though we need more time, but in reality it’s actually space that we’re craving.

    Space to think, hit the re-set and re-charge button and to learn to check back in with ourselves.

    In this weeks podcast episode I share why it’s important to create space in a busy day, and how to do this, especially when you’re already busy.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts, let me know by leaving a comment and feel free to share if you know someone who would benefit.



  • How to stop taking on other people’s stuff and start saying no

    This week I spent a couple of days in London at a conference, and whilst I was there I got chatting to a lovely lady who said to me:

    ‘My biggest problem is I can’t say no and I take on far too much!’

    In that moment, 2 people who were next to us (we were in the queue for a cuppa) said:

    ‘Yeah, that’s me too!’

    Can you relate?

    I really could!!

    I was that person!

    I used to have a HUGE problem saying no and taking too much on.

    So that’s what we’re talking about today…watch the video here

    You see when I was a kid I was told to help people – because my mum was a ‘helper’. She’d always be rushing round doing things for other people under the banner of ‘being helpful’ and so naturally I did the same.

    This carried on through the first part of my career and I remember my to do list being a mile and a half long because of this.

    Then one day I had a light bulb moment when I thought…

    ‘What about me?’

    And I realised that whilst I was taking on too much I was neglecting myself…and sooner or later I was going to suffer.

    So I completely switched my mindset about saying no, and what ‘being helpful’ now meant to me.

    Here’s what I did:

    1. I wrote a list with 2 columns. Column 1 was – Need to do (this included, work things, and things at home that had to happen) and column 2 was Want to Do – these included hobbies, spending time with family, friends, personal aspirations and goals.

    2) I then put a tick next to all the things that I didn’t have time to do (no prizes for guessing that there were a lot of ticks on that list, and yes they were all in the want to do column! – Another big wake up call!

    3) I changed my criteria for what was now going to be a Yes. This was – If it fit into one of the columns eg I needed to do it, or I wanted to do it – it was a yes. If not, it was a no. (Word of warning here – sometimes my brain would try and convince me that I needed to do it – this was just my old habit talking…so if this happens to you, challenge your own thinking and ask yourself why?!

    4) I practiced saying no. Now, this was actually the hardest part, and it really triggered me at first. I’d get this feeling that I should say yes, after all if I didn’t do it, who would? and so on.

    But I kept at it and found a way that suited me. ‘Sorry, I can’t help with that.‘ worked wonders…you can add on a reason if you want at the end, but often that was enough.

    And here’s what I discovered.

    • No-one thought any less of me. No-one. They just said – ‘OK’ and carried on with their lives.
    • I got more done – and I mean A-LOT more done!
    • And…I had more headspace and was less stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated – because I realised that most of the things that I was saying YES to, I didn’t actually want to do in the first place.

    So, over to you…

    I’d love to know – what’s your biggest problem when it comes to saying no?

    Let me know by leaving a comment

  • 8 Time Management Skills You Really Need

    Is this you?

    You feel like you have too much to do, and not enough time?

    You feel like you’re juggling far too many balls, and spinning plates desperately trying to keep everything from toppling over?

    You feel exhausted at the end of your work day, even though you didn’t achieve everything that you wanted to, and your to do list is just as long as when you started?

    If you’re saying YES! Don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone.

    Here in the 21st Century we might have all the gadgets and gizmo’s designed to help us be more streamlined and productive, but we also all like to squeeze as much as we can out of day which means we really could do with some handy time management skills under our belt to help us out.

    Working like this may seem great to begin with, but doing it for any length of time is a bit like having all your apps open on your phone. Yes it might be super handy, but after a while it will start to run slow and so will you. Leaving you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and if you’re not careful…burnt out.

    So how do we have our cake and eat it?

    I’m a massive believer in that with the right mindset, and some fantastic time management skills in your back pocket, you’ll soon start to feel more in control of your day. So give these 8 tips a try.

    Be fussy with your list

    To-do lists are a fantastic time management tool. However, only if they’re used properly (we’ll come onto that in a moment) and one of the traps that I see people falling into over and over again is the fact that everything makes it onto their list.

    Yes you might need to remember to call Jack, or send an email to Fred or even to book a dentist appointment but it doesn’t all have to go on your list – as when things are on your list there’s a massive temptation to get them done just so you can feel the sense of achievement of crossing them off. But by doing that you’re not spending time on things that really require your attention.

    Instead have a separate note pad for little things and dedicate some time for those quick tasks at a certain point in your day, and only put things on your list that add real value for you – and focus on those.

    Delegate / outsource your time

    Your time is valuable so do a quick audit and see what keeps taking up your time that you could actually delegate to a member of your team, or outsource to someone who can do that task much quicker. If delegating or outsourcing is a sticking point for you and you find yourself thinking ‘But it’s quicker if I do it myself’ it’s time for a bit of a re-think.

    Yes it might well be quicker, but you’ll always be doing it.

    This is a classic case of short term pain for long term gain, and will absolutely free up your time going forward.

    Guard your time – say no

    If you find yourself saying ‘Yes’ more than you say ‘No’ and taking on more work,  this is the time management skill for you. Saying ‘no’ can be a problem for so many people as it might trigger feelings of guilt that you should be helping someone. However, it’s a muscle like any other and gets a lot easier with practice.

    The best way to get around any feelings of guilt is by getting really clear on what you want to achieve in the next day, week or month (use whatever timescale works best for you) and when you get asked to do something, if it doesn’t help you achieve your goals, (or you don’t want to do it) the answer is a no.

    The problem with saying yes when you really don’t want to do something, or you’ve already got enough on your plate is that it’s adding extra pressure on yourself, and you’re just not going to do a good job. Or worse still you’ll end up letting someone down. Best to be upfront before you get into that situation.

    Make your to-do list work for you

    As I mentioned to-do lists are a fantastic way of managing your time but only if they’re used as a tool and not as a dumping ground.

    So how do you get them working for you, and not against you?

    The best way is to discipline yourself and make sure that you’re not setting yourself up to fail every day as most of us do just that.  We have a to do list with a  million and one things on it that we promise ourselves we’re going to get done. When in reality it just isn’t going to happen. Not because we don’t work hard enough – but because there are not enough hours in the day.

    So decide how much time each task is going to take you – then set the alarm on your phone. You’ll find that when the alarm goes off you’ll either be so engrossed in what you’re doing that you’ll finish anyway, or you’ll have finished long before.

    Either way this little trick works a treat – and if you find someone interrupts you when you’re in the flow just pause your timer, deal with the interruption, and start it up again.

    By doing this you’ll really improve your focus as you’ll only be working on one thing at once rather than switching around.

    Allow time for interruptions

    Interruptions happen. They just do – it’s a fact of life. There’ll always be e-mails pinging; phones ringing and people queuing up at your desk – it’s just the way it is. But instead of resenting the time that they suck from you, switch your mind-set. They just are…so allow the time for them.

    Let me ask you a question…how much time do interruptions take in your day – and be realistic here….1 hour? 2?

    Let’s stick with 2 – so account for that in your day when you’re planning what you need to get done. Let’s say you work 8 hours a day. With 2 hours of interruptions only 6 of those can be used for focus tasks.

    That way you’re not setting yourself up to fail, and you won’t resent the interruptions nearly as much because they’re a planned part of your working day.

    Follow the “One Big Thing” Rule

    This rule changed my world and really boosted my time. It’s so simple but sooo effective and it works an absolute treat.

    Instead of trying to get loads of different things done every single day, and flitting from one thing to the next at the risk of not really doing anything effectively, pick one big thing from your list and work on that.

    Just that and nothing else.

    Yes interruptions may come – so deal with them as you normally would, but then go back to your one big thing.

    Here’s how it works. You pick the one big thing that has been sat on your to do list. You might have been putting it off, but you know it’ll add a lot of value and really needs your attention…and PLUS you’ll feel amazing when you get it done.

    When you get in the habit of following the one big thing rule your productivity will shoot up and you’ll never feel as though you haven’t accomplished anything again.

    It’s a game changer!

    Set boundaries – stick to them!

    Rules; boundaries; rituals whatever you want to call them we all have things that help us work at our best.

    It might mean always getting some fresh air; leaving your desk for lunch; going for a run before you start work; or clocking off at a certain time, whatever it is for you spend some time having a think about what helps you to be super productive, energised and motivated and build these into your day no matter how small they might seem.

    By doing them every single day you’ll soon wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

    Learn to disconnect

    Now here’s the hard bit – in order to be really effective at managing your time you also have to get good at switching off.

    I know, I know…it’ll be like cutting your arm off, but here’s the thing. Your brain needs a break too – that’s when it gets all of its admin done – so you need to give it some time to do just that.

    Give it a go…switch off your phone or just put it away, and do something else instead. Take part in a hobby, spend some time with your family or just chill in front of the TV. By allowing yourself time to switch off, relax and have fun you’ll soon start to feel like your work life balance is back in sync, and everything else will feel better too.


    So these are 8 time management skills that will really make a difference to your day. If you’d like to learn more about how to manage your day, and learn the skills that will not only help you to be more effective at work, but that will impact all areas of your life, so you never feel like you’re treading water or racing the clock again – join us on the Time Mastery – Time Management Course.