By Mildred Munjanganja | January 11, 2010
2009 was awesome - I can safely attribute the success of last year to a commitment to discipline that was difficult to master at times and darn-right impossible at others. I am still marveled when I analyze the year trying to determine what small things I did that led to big successes and evaluating the habits that I developed to gain those successes. Only through understanding the formulae for your past successes can replicate and improve it! The conclusion is fairly simple to draw – do something every day that makes your life or someone else’s life better!
I received an e-mail from a friend that I thought was a good place to start, it had some ideas on the rules we can live by to improve our personalities in 2010, enjoy:
1. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. [People with road rage can understand how it feels to get completely worked up over something they have absolutely no control over…it is worth it?]
3. Don’t overdo. Keep your limits. [I am guilty as charged!!!!! I tend to overdo everything, food, workouts, sacrificing, emotion…everything. I will make this a personal goal for this year] Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | January 6, 2010
I thought I would share thinks – there are some great blogs in this catalog.
By Mildred Munjanganja | January 4, 2010
The excitement of the holidays has died down and you are still fired up by the resolutions you made on January 1st – suddenly it hits you, you still have some of the same worries you had last year. Below are 5 issues facing working women in 2010 and some simple tips on how to tacke them.
1. Staying current: It has been reported that women earn the majority of college degrees and hold middle management positions but few are able to reach senior management level. One of the challenges women face is the time to stay current or find avenues for continued professional growth once they have children. It becomes more difficult to travel for work leaving behind your family and any professional development courses that can be taken at night pose the same problem. I often see very capable women who have the opportunity to be involved in a remote project that will have a huge impact on their career development, but are unable to make the commitment due to family commitments – very few men in the same situation would decline.
Solution: Do online courses that you can do at night and seek work-related projects that can be completed during business hours in your city that will have a huge impact on your career. Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | December 30, 2009
Start purging! Anything that is not flattering, that you have not worn in a long time and is not seasonal, things you do not absolutely love and anything that does not project that image you want to show the world must go! You will suddenly have enough open space to organize your closet.
Below are a few tips you can employ right away to get your closet organized: Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | December 28, 2009
In his book: ‘Getting Things Done’ – David Allen describes the five stages of mastering workflow as:
1. Collect – putting together the things that need our attention
2. Process –understanding them and determining what needs to be done with them
3. Organize – managing them in a way that makes sense
4. Review – examining the options of what we want to do with them
5. Do – putting a plan into action and actually doing something about them
Today, we will focus on collecting! If you have ever collected a pile of papers with the intention of filing them away and the pile still stares at you for weeks, then you are essentially paralyzed in the collection phase. Every phase must be followed consistently and separately in order to allow you to get organized.
Where do you begin? David Allen recommends starting by looking at anything in your personal or professional life that you believe needs to be different. It doesn’t matter how big or trivial it may seem, as long as you want to commit yourself to seeing a change in that facet of your life, then it needs to be on your list. Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | December 22, 2009
How do things happen in your life? By accident? As a result of other influences or are you able to directly associate change in your life to actual actions that you did? For instance, if you are out of work, is it because you were downsized, fired or pushed out of the job or is it because you decided to go to school to further your education or you quit to start your own business or be a stay at home parent? Whatever the situation, were you the driver or was it forced upon you? Below are a few tips to help you become the driver of your life.
1. Audit your current situation – is this what you want to be doing? Are you happy? How did you get here? Ask these questions regarding your weight, your finances, your job, your relationships etc– you will be amazed at what you discover. Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | December 10, 2009
Imagine 2 prisoners, both in the same camp subjected to the same torture: one is happy and spends all his time finding ways to keep his sanity and joy. The other is miserable, focusing always on his plight and how he can die. Which prisoner are you? If you lost your job today, would you lament at how unfair life was or would you take it as an opportunity for change. It’s all about perception.
The world is whatever shade you paint it in – your perception of things; your views are what make your world. You choose to be happy, you choose to be at peace, no-one can take choice away from you. When you are confronted with a difficult situation that is completely out of your control, ask yourself 2 questions: what have I learnt from this experience? And how can I grow from this? Then challenge yourself to rise above it.
It’s all in the power of the mind.
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By Mildred Munjanganja | December 1, 2009
Think about it, you spend all day talking about things of no consequence – you do so with eloquence and ease but then when you are confronted by a camera or a large group of people, you brain fools you into believing there is suddenly a problem.
What can you do to become a great speaker? Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | November 13, 2009
When your clutter is what consumes your life, there is really no room for another love!
I have a friend who asked me why I think she is single – these are the thoughts I shared with her – I hope you find them helpful.
- My friend is too embarrassed to have company at her house. She is very single and desperately wants to be in a relationship – however, every time we are in a car with a group of friends and eligible bachelors and give her call to tell her you will be swinging by she screams ‘my place is a mess!’ Her ‘mess’ is affecting her social life. Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | August 27, 2009
As the world has become more electronic, we have also developed the need to print, resulting in paper mountains everywhere! Taking 10 minutes every single day to sort through your paper clutter will save you time and frustration in the future.
Below are some tips to help you get started:
1. Gather all the loose papers around you in one place.
2. Grab one piece of paper and decide right away what you want to do with it?
- Do you want to keep it?
- Shred it?
- File it?
- Is there an action you need to take e.g. if the piece of paper is meant to be given to someone else, give it to them!
3. Do this with every single piece of paper on your pile – 10 minutes a day, one day at a time.
4. You will have moments of uncertainty – whether to throw something away or keep it. If there is some information on the paper that you need, write it down on a note-pad and throw the piece of paper away
5. Make use of hanging files which will make it easier to flip through paper. This will help to prevent building a paper pile in the first place!
You will be surprised at the kind of relief you will feel once you are done. Enjoy!
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