Jan 292021
 

Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late to the party, but this is my first video of 2021!  I’m feeling hopeful and excited about the possibilities for 2021. How about you?

In this week’s video I encourage you to dream big for 2021 and explore all the possibilities awaiting you this year.

Enjoy!

With gratitude,
Erin

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Possibilities for 2021

Nov 052020
 

Greetings!

I wanted to drop in to remind you of the truly significant importance of self-care. Particularly at this time – but I would argue all the time. There is no shame in self-care. There is no shame in focusing on you. Only good came come of it. Listen in for more…

Self-care

Self-care doesn’t have to be difficult. For weekly ideas to make self-care a priority you’ll want to subscribe to my free e-course, Self-care Ain’t for Sissies. You can register here => http://www.encompass-coaching.com

With gratitude,
Erin

Nov 142019
 

Greetings!

As human beings we are designed and driven to preserve our relationships. And, one of the ways we do that is by saying yes – often at the expence of our own time, choices, and sanity.  But here’s the thing; if you want to live a life of engagement, purpose and passion, you need to be able to say NO more often, so that you can focus on what’s important to you.

Listen to my thoughts on my own relationship with NO in this week’s video:

What's Your Relationship to No?

And, if you’d like more ideas to increase your confidence, download my free publication 27 Ways to Say No.

Enjoy!

With gratitude,

Erin

Nov 122019
 

Greetings!

I see it all the time, clients who work really hard every day but make very little progress towards their goals. The frustration is palpable. They show up for their call, defeated, and absolutely at a loss for what to do differently to get the results they want.  The first thing we do is identify their action afflictions – those actions prohibiting them from gaining traction and achieving their goals.

There are typically three types of action afflictions:

  1. You’re taking too much action – it’s unfocused and works against you;
  2. You’re taking too little action – you’re unsure of how to move forward, so you take action in haphazard and intermittent fits and starts;
  3. You’re taking the wrong action – you’re busy doing lots and lots of things, but not the things that will lead you where you want to go.

 None of these is good.

But taking effective action is actually a simple two-step process, that when followed, allows you to accomplish your goals more easily, quickly and confidently.

Step One: Planning the action.  Unfortunately, most people skip this critical phase and jump straight into the action part. But skipping the planning process is setting yourself up for failure. Planning the action is taking a moment to reflect on what you want to accomplish, determine what you need to focus on to accomplish that, identify most important action steps you can take, and then finally, determine what obstacles might get in your way so you can mitigate them.

Step Two: Taking effective action. As implied, taking effective action is all about motion, traction and momentum. It’s designed to get you where you want to go. Once you’re clear about what you want to achieve and the best way to achieve it, you can jump into action and simply work your plan. There is no more deliberating or deciding, no bouncing or spinning, because you’ve already spent your time planning.

By investing just minutes to the planning process and then taking targeted action, you can shave hours, weeks and even months off the time it takes you to reach your goal.  And, you do better work, avoid burning out, and take control of your time and focus.

What are your action afflictions?  Before you jump into action today, pause, and take some time to reflect and to plan.  I think you’ll find you get way more done – and as I said before, more easily and quickly!  Give it a try!  And, let me know how ti works!


If you could use more strategies (and support and accountability) to help you be your most productive self, please consider joining Getting an Edge.  The next program begins January, 2020.  You can find more information by visiting Getting an Edge Program.

AND…if you join before December 31st, you’ll receive a complimentary 1-hour strategy session with me (a $350 value).


Enjoy!

Erin

Oct 232019
 

Greetings!

I work with clients every week to help them maximize their time.  We talk about strategies and practices they can use to to get their work and obligations done easily and quickly.  And even then, they often come back and ask, how do I make it workhow do I preserve my timehow do I make sure other people respect the time boundaries I’ve set?

If you are chalk-full of time management strategies and still feel overworked and overwhelmed, here are three ideas that may help you gain more control. They include: philosophypolicies and party line.

ONE

Let’s talk about your time philosophy.   How do you view your time? What do you want from your time?  How do you want to spend your time?  These questions help you form your time philosophy.   My time philosophy is, “I’m better when I’m rested, focused and clear”.

Here are others I’ve heard:

  • I make the most of my time,
  • My work time and home time don’t overlap,
  • I make time for me every day,
  • I have the freedom to choose how I spend my time,
  • The perfect is the enemy of the good,
  • To waste time is to waste life.

Without a time philosophy, my calendar can quickly grow gangly and out of control, and I can find myself facing busier days, working longer hours, and quickly feeling tired and burned-out.  As you can imagine, that way of working doesn’t support my coaching client work, where I’m at my best when I’m fresh, focused and completely present.

What is your time philosophy?

TWO

Once you have a philosophy, you can craft your time policies. Your time policies are the decisions you make about how you’ll use your time, what boundaries you’ll set, and what you will and will not agree to.

One policy I’ve had for over 15 years, is that I don’t work on Fridays. When my kids were little, I took Fridays to volunteer in their classrooms. Today, I use it to attend my favorite weekly writing group.  By honoring this policy I’m able to focus on, and attend to, the important task that doesn’t always get my attention during the week– writing.  On Friday, no work, just writing.  If someone wants to schedule a meeting on Friday, I offer other days that I’m available to meet.  When you take control and honor your policies, you’ll find you have enough time to focus on what’s important.

More policy examples my clients have set:

  • I don’t schedule meetings before 9 or after 4pm,
  • I turn my computer off until the kids are in bed,
  • Never open my email before planning the day.

What policies could you set around your time?

THREE

So now that you have a philosophy and policies around your time, let’s focus on the party line.  The party line is a sentence you repeat so often it rolls off your tongue easily and effortlessly.

My party line is, if it’s not on the calendar it’s not going to happen. Here are some other examples of party lines that I have heard from clients:

  • Every agenda needs to have an objective,
  • Before we meet we need to know the outcome,
  • We only meet if everyone is present,
  • We never double book our meetings.

What is your party line?

Maximizing your time with a time philosophy, policies and a party line gives you back control of your time and how you use it.

If you’d like more strategies to help maximize your time, download my special publication The Myths of Time Management HERE.  And, if you enter Coupon Code MYTHBONUS you’ll get it for free for a limited time!  😉

Enjoy!