Workaholic? Fit YOU into 2011...

You know who you are!  You literally work your fingers to the bone and are currently reading this blog while you put stamps on envelopes, organize your purse and frost cookies.  I know...I'm there.  But the more I seem to take on, the more I feel out of control.  There has to be a stopping point when you just agree to take care of yourself.  I know the kids need cookies for school, presents need wrapped and the cat box needs cleaned,   What I have to tell you is delegate, schedule and enjoy.  Learn how to slow down, enjoy the holiday season and appreciate what's happening around you.  Here are 5 choices you can make in 2011 to ensure that you fit YOU into the New Year:

1) BUY THE COOKIES. You know that Grandma makes the very best cookies!  Contact your local Senior Citizen Center and see what's cookin'.   Local Seniors in our area will bake cookies to your request and always have large chocolate chip, oatmeal, snickerdoodle and sugar cookies on-hand that are baked fresh daily.  They charge a very low fee ($1/cookie) in our area.  You not only help yourself, but your supporting the geriatric community.

2)  HIRE A HOUSE KEEPER.  If you can fit it into your budget, you'll never go back.  Ask a trusted friend or college who cleans their house.   Always check references or go through a company who has already done the background checks.  We decided to go for it at the begining of 2010 and it has been worth every penny.  Our house keeper changes sheets on the beds, deep cleans bathrooms and does the floors.  That's what helps me out.  Maybe your focus is the kitchen or laundry.  Whatever you need.  Prices vary and don't be afraid to negotiate what you're comfotable paying.  I pay between $12.50/hr to $15/hr. and have help two times a month.

3) SCHEDULE YOGA.  You've heard this a million times and it's the only way to get to the gym.  Build your workouts into your schedule.  This is beyond important.  The health benefits of exercise are countless.  Reduce your waist line, lower your risk for Alzheimer's Diesase, improve your memory, more energy, reduced risk for heart diease, cancer, etc.  Okay. You understand...but do you?  If you spent even a small portion of 2010 stressed out, then DO NOT ignore this one.  Check with your employer to see if your company has a corporate discount with a local gym.  Even if you have a DVD at home and work-out for 10 minutes at a time, you're doing something to bring your stress level down and increase those good feelings about you.  Do it for you!

4) CREATE A SCHEDULE.  Having consitency in your day-to-day routine is what I'm talking about.  Get up at the same time every morning, eat breakfast, leave for work at the same time every day.  You get it!  If you have children, this goes for them too.  If they are not on-point with their daily routine, then you will be off too.  When it comes to school projects, parties, basketball games, etc., teachers and coaches have schedules that you should also have.  Get your hands of every schedule for all the activities your kids are involved in.  Take the time to add these dates/times to your calander and post the a monthly calander with the kids activities in the kitchen.  AND, sync your calander to your kids, spouse, nanny.  No one should be surprised about what's happening.

5) VACATION FOR YOU.  This is exactly what it means.  Starting right now, decide what your budget is for a vacation.  Having something to look forward to is very important, especially on days that are crazy.  Even if you want to take a long weekend vacation at the a beach house, I support you.  If you want to go to Hawaii, I support you.  Know your buget and make sure you have the time off from work scheduled in advance.  Ask your sister to watch the kids. This may get you through the year with a sense of calm and peace. 

Happy Holidays to all and here's to YOU in 2011!

Robin Spooner

Profressional Speaker & Entpreneur

You're Welcome & other Simple Etiquette

 

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