- “Any time you make a commitment to something, it will be tested.” ~ Unknown
- “A commitment does not end with the decision, it’s just getting started.” ~ Unknown
- “Achieving a goal is a good feeling, but to get there you have to go through the failures. Pick yourself up and succeed.” ~ Mary Lou Retton
Finding Your Way: When Michelle and I are on a trip and we are not exactly sure of the destinations location, we will use the GPS on our Iphone. Sometimes, I say, “I think I know the way. We won’t need directions.” Bad decision.
Jesus said, before He left to be with the Father, that He would send the Holy Spirit to help us find our way. I find that incredibly reassuring, don’t you?
If you need direction as to where to set the course of your life, don’t rely on your own way. Use God’s guidance system. We can have an internal navigational system.
The Holy Spirit, who lives in us, to offer direction. Of course, you could do like I have done before, waste vast amounts of time and energy with the idea that I know the way. Again, more reassurance from Jesus, He is the way, the truth and the light to guide us. Wow and thanks!
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” ~ John 16:13 NLT
Clean The Clutter: 13 Projects and 13 Rewards to Reap for Your Organizing Efforts (getorganizednow.com) One of the very best ways to stay motivated while organizing is to specify rewards you’ll enjoy when you’re done with each project.
Project: Organize your kitchen pantry. Reward: Take a long leisurely bubble bath, along with some wonderful music while you’re soaking.
Project: Get to the bottom of your mail pile. Reward: Go to the library and get a book you have wanted to read. Then, take and hour in your day to read it– interruption-free.
Project: Get your calendar updated and organized. Reward: Plan a social date with a favorite friend at home or at a local coffee shop to catch up on each other’s lives.
Project: Designate a Donation Box and fill it with a minimum of 10 items. Reward: Go shopping for one new item that you’ll use and love.
Project: Make a family calendar, highlighting each person’s chores/events in a specific color. Reward: Go out with your family on a picnic (an indoor picnic if it’s cold outside).
Project: Organize your hobby room. Reward: Take a class you’ve been wanting to do or work on a favorite hobby guilt-free all afternoon!
Project: Catch up with your dusting and vacuuming. Reward: Purchase a bouquet of flowers for the house.
Project: Get a task done that you’ve been procrastinating on for months. Reward: Spend a few hours going on a hike, biking or anything that will keep your energy flowing.
Project: Organize your hair accessories, toiletries and cosmetics into baskets. Reward: Go to the salon and get a new hairstyle.
Project: Clean out your refrigerator, tossing all expired food, cleaning the shelves, and so on. Reward: Take a 20-minute power nap.
Project: Work on a meal plan for the month. Reward: Pick up a ready-made meal and dessert for dinner, and pop it in the oven–guilt-free.
Project: Do your fall weeding, trimming and raking. Reward: Relax in a lounge chair on your deck or patio with a cool drink or a hot cocoa.
Project: Choose a room and pick up all the clutter. Reward: Go out for lunch with friends and try a new restaurant.
Tired? Some Companies Give Workers OK to Power Nap on the Job (ABC News) At one time or another, every one has had that after lunch lull, when it’s hard to keep your mind on your work. Some people fight fatigue with a jolt of java. Others take a walk. Many find a distraction on the Internet. Yet, one solution that some employers say makes a difference is a nap. Companies as diverse as Ben & Jerry’s and Google have dedicated napping rooms. These quiet spaces provide you with peace and privacy to take a short snooze.
Tony Schwartz, author of “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working says, “We need to recognize in the workplace that more, faster, more continuously is not better and that part of helping a person in a world of infinite demand to be sustainably high-performing, is to value and support intermittent renewal across the workday.” In other words: a nap.
Six out of ten people in a recent survey admitted to experiencing performance issues, such as trouble organizing work and difficulty concentrating. A 2009 study in the research journal Sleep showed that a 10-20 minute nap produced the most benefit in terms of reduced sleepiness and improved cognitive performance.
But, what if napping is frowned upon in your workplace, but you’re craving some shuteye, you may have an options. If you’re able, use a portion of your lunch hour for a nap, even as little as 10 minutes. Create a dark space by closing office shades and shutting the door. Use a neck rest like those made for airplane flights so your neck is protected while you lean back in your chair. Or check out the Dream Helmet, a pillow and eye mask device in one that straps around your head for napping. If you worry about falling into a deep sleep or nodding off for too long, set the alarm on your cell phone to wake you after just 10 to 20 minutes max. And, finally, to build awareness and support in your workplace, carefully share the link to this segment (and a recent BusinessWeek article on the popularity of napping on the job) with colleagues and bosses to tout this unique opportunity to improve productivity. If it’s good for Google, then it may get the boss’s attention.