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September is National Preparedness Month. Please take a few minutes to review this Family Preparedness Information. Keep a hard copy for future reference, since you never know when you might need it. Put the guide in a prominent place. Make sure ALL family members are familiar with it, and practice fire and evacuation drills. Update this guide immediately when information changes. And take it with you if you need to evacuate! Although this guide has radio stations and emergency phone numbers for Arizona, the guidelines are the same and you can get specific information for your area by going to your government website. During an emergency is NOT when to START thinking about this.
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So, You Work From Home
“Doing our necessary tasks every day, even when we’re not feeling up to it, is what helps us to develop a routine. In turn, developing a routine can help us learn how to concentrate, or hone the skill of concentrating, because we know that at a certain time every day, we have a particular task to accomplish. If we need to make ten phone calls, staying focused on those ten calls is the only way they will get done. Make your list of people to call and determine what time to make the calls. Don’t stop until you are done. If you get another call, either let it to go voice mail, or answer it and tell the person you are working and will return the call later. Do it every day.” I wrote this in an article last August entitled, “Concentration Information With a Twist”. The point was to stay focused and develop good habits. Whatever the task is that needs to be done regularly, continue working at it until it becomes a habit. Only then will you begin to see results. That will help your home business. You will become known for excellence.
Aristotle agreed. He said, “… We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Solid principals are time tested and true. Aristotle wrote that many, many years ago, yet the principal still holds true today.
It Works With Most Things
This principal works with most things we’re trying to do, whether its starting an exercise routine, beginning the journey of improving our health by taking high quality nutritional supplements, or ridding our homes of toxic cleaning products. Stay focused on your task. Start slowly, set goals, stay focused. When exercising, as we build up strength and endurance, what is becoming a habit gets much easier. Then the time will come to reevaluate the situation and set new goals. As we see an improvement in our health by being consistent with taking our supplements, or eating more plant-based foods, we will be spurred on to look at the next goal, the next level.
Different people see different results, but all see results, if there is consistent effort. Some of us may have to work a little harder developing a certain habit, where someone else can develop the same habit very easily. We find out what works for us individually by doing it. Start today. Do this:
- Determine Your Why. Why do you want a business working from the luxury of your home? Why do you want to starting walking 20 minutes a day? Why are you looking for good, high quality nutritional products? Think about your reasons for doing these things and then don’t lose sight of what those reasons are.
- Make a Goal and a Plan. After you think about your why, make a goal and a plan. If you want to walking for 20 minutes a day because (your why) your doctor suggested it to help with your back pain, how will you do that? The goal is to walk 20 minutes a day. Where will you walk? When will you walk? Determine the factors necessary to reach your goal. Then do it. Remember, the goal is to walk 20 minutes a day.
- Work Your Plan. An illustration of what a ‘sample’ plan might look like at first is this: “I want to walk at the park for 20 minutes in the mornings before I go to work. I want do this at least an hour before I leave for work, so that I have enough time to get ready and don’t feel rushed. I will put my walking shoes and clothes out the night before so they will be ready.” Make it work for you, but do it.
When you have ‘worked your plan’ for one day, give yourself a small reward or pat on the back. It was good. It worked. I would think, “I can do this again tomorrow.”
- Be Regular. Only by doing something regularly does it become a habit. If you miss a day, that’s okay. Get right back to it. If you miss a day or two, that’s okay. Get right back to it. Getting back to it is what makes it regular.
It’s not really that Aristotle agreed with me. I agree with him.
I would love to hear your comments on this article. For more information on my home business, or the products I work with, please contact me, Martha, by private message through LinkedIn, email at email@example.com or by phone at 505-750-7847 (cell). My mentoring website is www.ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com.
I have written several times about focus, keeping it simple and staying on track. I’m doing it yet again, with a different twist. Why? Because we need to hear this information over and over again. That is how it gets into our minds, then into our actions. Then our regular actions become habits. Our regular habits become how we work in our businesses each day. Every one of us has to determine how what we learn applies to us. Each of us has to determine how we are going to apply it in our daily activities, which in turn, will benefit our business activities.
Staying focused on a task is the only way that task will be accomplished. If we need to make phone calls for the day, and we are constantly being distracted by other duties, by the internet, by incoming phone calls, emails, texts, etc., the phone calls will go unmade. Accomplishing the task seems to become heavier and heavier. I’ve heard it said that at times the phone can seem as though it weighs 500 pounds to us. That is true, especially if we’ve put off picking it up over and over again. It is by picking it up to make the calls that we realize it is not heavy at all.
Doing our necessary tasks every day, even when we’re not feeling up to it, is what helps us to develop a routine. In turn, developing a routine can help us learn how to concentrate, because we know that at a certain time every day, we have a particular task to accomplish. If we need to make ten phone calls, staying focused on those ten calls is the only way they will get done. Make your list of people to call and determine what time to make the calls. Don’t stop until you are done. If you get another call, either let it to go voice mail, or answer it and tell the person you are working and will return the call later. Do it every day.
Duplicating the success of others helps us learn how to concentrate. When we are reading about how others have accomplished things, we can study how they have done it. That takes a measure of concentration and focus. “You must study the principles until they are a part of you.”, says Clive Buchanan in the Introduction of his book, ‘18 Steps to Greatness‘. Learn what they have done, then duplicate it. If you spend 15 minutes or so each day reading things that inspire you, then meditate and think about how to apply those principles, you will benefit.
Each of us must take responsibility for our own actions or lack of actions. The book ‘Study Is Hard Work’, by William H. Armstrong, says: “It is the responsibility of the student to be interested. No one can be interested for you…” – from Awake Magazine, 9/22/98, written for young people in an article called ‘Young People Ask . .. How Can I Keep My Mind on Things?’ Although it was specifically written for young people, we can all benefit from the advice. No one can stay focused for us. There are others who can continuously remind us that we need to do it, but ultimately, we are the only ones who can work on our own concentration and focus. Going back to the example of making our phone calls, we are the one who has be interested in calling the people on our list if we are the person who is going to make the call. That will take concentration, focus and single-mindedness for that task.
So, what’s the twist? Connect keeping it simple (focus=concentration) with duplication and responsibility. Remember these three points:
Do it every day.
Let me know how it goes. I’m constantly working on this.
(this article was originally published on LinkedIn in August, 2014)
This is where I walked yesterday. Walking every day helps you sleep better at night. Keep up the routine, eat right, take good nutritional and sports supplements, and get enough sleep.
Our Grandson, Tyler, posted this on his Facebook page, Salution Records. I just loved it, because it tells about what all of us go through when we are trying accomplish something. He said, “Whether u play for 20 people or 100k people… u still doing it! Ur still putting on!! Everybody gotta start somewhere!” Isn’t that so true? From the view point of our home businesses, what I take from this is no matter who we are talking to, a group of 10, 50 100 or one-on-one, do your best, do what you do, be who you are. Be respectful and treat everybody with the same respect, dignity and personal interest. Everybody … no matter whether they are in the audience, or on your team, up or down (family especially – but that’s another post). Remember that everybody had to and has to start somewhere, including us, and that’s usually at the beginning – not the end. Have reasonable expectations. Do your homework. Count the cost. Find your direction. Be consistent. Don’t give up.
People who suffer with arthritis, either a little or a lot, need some exercise to help keep their joints moving. It is crucial, or they will ‘freeze’ up.
It is important to be aware of what kind of exercise to do and how much for your particular artriitis condition. You can hurt yourself if you do the wrong kind or too much.
Check with your doctor or physical therapist.
The Mayo Clinic says exercise, “… increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue.”
I have considered having backyard chickens for quite some time now. We have our garden the back yard, we do compost, we grow vegetables and flowers, among other things. Its own little eco-system has developed back there. The idea of chickens and having eggs (that I know what when into) seems to fit. However, this article, http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/14761-things-you-need-to-know-about-owning-chickens.html?c=ngr, has given me a different perspective, which I appreciate. I do like to go into things somewhat informed. :) mlr
Cleaning our homes with non-toxic products becomes a priority when we have little ones in the home who could come into contact with dangerous chemicals or when we, for some reason, become more sensitive to the dangerous chemicals in most in-store products. The skull bones on the back of most cleaning products under CAUTION should be a warning that the product is dangerous. The products I use are non-toxic and completely safe for children and animals. They will not choke you when cleaning with them and they clean better than store-bought brands. I am very thankful to have been using natural based products for many years. It has saved me a lot of possible headaches (pun). To learn more about the products I use, go to makegreengogreen.com/MarthaRobards.
Our grandson, Gabriel, has been volunteering in his brother’s class at the suggestion of the teacher. When he first posted on Facebook that he was thinking about doing it, I was so excited for him because I know how rewarding doing something like that can be. I hoped he would decide to do it. He did.
I thought about what ‘rewards’ mean to different people. I wondered what he would find rewarding about it as I thought about what I felt I would find rewarding about it. Besides that I love to be in the company of children, I know how rewarding it is to have a share in helping a child build a memory, conquer a fear of doing something, or learn a new task. Gabriel is getting to experience the rewards of what he is doing because he took the leap and did it.
One of Gabriel’s rewards, as he has shared, is seeing the kids’ reactions to receiving and giving. What a wonderful thing to watch how a child reacts to something. He also gets to spend time with his brother in a whole different way. In the various aspects of our lives, we can be rewarded in so many ways – in our family lives, our friendships, our businesses; but we have to be willing to see the rewards. We have to look for the them. Seeing the rewards for our good work can be a great source of joy for us, which can help us to have a happy, thankful disposition. Then we begin to look forward to the reward, and it can become like the dangling carrot – something we pursue.
So, reach out! Think about the ‘rewards’ that can come from certain things, and do it! Set the goals and rewards in front of you.
I’m happy for Gabriel.
I wrote an article for one of my LinkedIn posts. It is about a class I attended recently where one of my fellow students passed out a q-tip to each of us. This is what I said in the article: “She said she had learned this lesson years ago in a psychology class and it applied to what we were learning that day. Of course, a few said, “Q-tip? What’s this for?” She smiled and said, ‘Quit taking it personally.’ “
“I keep it in my purse.”
That was about business. This is about health. Isn’t it amazing how they all interconnect?
Sometimes in our personal lives we can take perceived ‘slights’ in a very personal way when it involves people we love dearly. Sometimes it is hard to take the good lessons that we are learning at work, or in our businesses, and apply them to our family and personal life. But we should. Because they do apply. Like this one.
When we take things too personally at home, our feelings can get hurt. When that happens, misunderstandings can occur. When we have hurt feelings, it is hard for us to think clearly. It can even get to the point where we think that everything the person who we think did it or said it says, is directed to us as an attack — which may not be the case at all.
Stop. Think. Take a moment.
If we are living every day taking things too personally at home, it can begin to affect not only our relationships with our family members and friends, but also our physical health and our mental and emotional health. If we have a spiritual connection, it can affect that as well.
Quit taking it personally. If we take it personally every time, it will be hard for us to move on and keep going. I keep the q-tip in my purse.