Sunday, August 31, 2008

Women and Money

What's holding you back from reaching financial success?

I learned a little history about women and money while reading Barbara Stanny's book, Secret's of Six-Figure Women.

Here are a few excerpts from Stanny's book:

Psychotherapist Olivia Mellan, coauthor of Money Shy to Money Sure says, "this fear of power is perfectly understandable. It's embedded in collective unconscious. Powerful women were burned at the stakes"

Did you know the word money is derived from the Latin feminine noun moneta?

"Moneta was the name of Juno, queen mother of heaven. Making money is part of our heritage, a legacy it's time to embrace."

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude

I've been watching the Oprah Soul Series interview of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. She just said to have an "attitude of gratitude". I love that quote!

Have you heard of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor? She is the Harvard trained neuroanatomist (brain scientist) who had a massive stroke and studied and remembered what was happening while having the stroke.

Here is the Youtube video from when she spoke at TED.
(It's about 20 minutes)

She had some amazing insights from her stroke experience that she talks to Oprah about during the interviews.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I am a Workaholic

Hi, my name is Sally and I am a workaholic.

I'm not sure when it happened but it did! All I do now is work, work, work.

As much as I love the work I do I would also like to bring some balance back into my life.

I'm tired of saying no to friends and family every time they extend an invitation.

I'm tired of not having time to participate in my favorite online forums.

I'm tired of being a grouch.

And, I'm especially tired of not having time to blog!

It is time I start practicing what I preach. It's time to set new boundaries and communicate those with my family, friends and clients.

If you have been feeling anything like I have lately (or resemble the strange looking photo above in any way) I have a suggestion for you.

Stop multitasking!

I've found the days I am most productive are the days I actually take a few minutes to plan and not just follow the emails on a wild goose chase.

Let me explain the wild goose chase analogy. I have a couple of clients who feel every task they need assistance with is urgent and must be done ASAP. So, if I don't take the time to look at the big picture of my business and to look at each clients individual needs and projects I end up focusing on the squeaky wheels and not the wheels that are moving along quietly and smoothly. Hence, I end up on a wild goose chase trying to keep up with the "urgent" requests of those few clients and forgetting about the quiet, stable ones that plan ahead. My day ends and I feel no sense of accomplishment, just a whole lot of frustration.

Instead of diving head first into email I am now reviewing all my clients and projects to see what needs to be completed first and committing to doing that project first.

I then do that A1 priority project and don't check email or answer the phone until it is complete.

After I complete the project I check email and voicemail and follow up with anything that I have to follow up on and then review my projects again and decide which project I am going to fully focus on next.

I'm amazed at how much more productive and how many more billable hours I get in a day when I stop multitasking and start seriously focusing.

I'm excited to say I'm on the road to recovery and will keep you posted on how my work/life balance is progressing.

Let's not even discuss that I am blogging about being a workaholic on a Saturday... yes it's going to be a long road to finding the perfect balance.