October 2015 - President's Message

Monday, November 16, 2015 5:24 PM | Deleted user
Dear Members,


Life throws you curve balls and you aren’t prepared for those balls. We have our professional lives that keep us busy, our family lives, plus all of our extracurricular activities. Most of the time it is hard to keep our heads above water, but somehow we manage.


Since we are in the 4th quarter of 2015, budgets are being evaluated, projects are being tied up for the year, and we are preparing families for the holidays; the end of the year is definitely upon us. So, how do we push through to the end?


We must take steps to be more productive and to rise above all the noise in all facets of our lives.


Here are a few simple steps you can take:


  • Don’t just set your goals, rather create a process that sets you on a path to achieve your goals. Just as you need a map to get from point A to point B, you need a map to get you to your goals.
  • Say "no." For so many of us, this is one the hardest things to do, but you can say no and celebrate that decision. It’s a way to keep from spreading yourself too thin and it feels so good! It is okay to say no. Now, repeat that five times!
  • Take short, frequent breaks. This is almost like saying no. It’s hard to do because time spent not working is wasted, non-productive time, right? Wrong. Taking short breaks helps to de-clutter your mind and refocus on the task at hand. Use the alarm on your phone to time your break to just 5 minutes and then, get back to work.
  • Take a midday siesta! If you are one the lucky people who works at a company that supports productivity napping or you can work from home, take a short nap. Nap after lunch for 20-45 minutes and of course, set your alarm. The key is to get to the deep sleep stage and awake feeling energized and like you can conquer the world.
  • Your mind is full enough already, don’t struggle to remember your “to do list.” Write down your list of things to-do and strike a line through them after you have accomplished them. It feels so good to complete tasks!


I hope the few tips that are provided will help you catch life’s curve balls because they come at you fast and furious.


Use our upcoming October meeting as a time for you to manage change in your life. We have a robust change management event facilitated by Jesse Jacoby. Learn more by visiting our events page.


We look forward to seeing you at our future events!


Very Truly Yours,


Michele Padilla, M.A.
2015 President

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