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Stay Focused When Life Gets In The Way

7 Jun

We all get distracted from time to time. Sometimes all that is necessary is to take a deep breath and just dig in. What to do when you have to keep up with your schedule, but can’t stay focused and procrastination is winning the battle?

Work on removing unnecessary distractions. Some may be easy to move out of the way, but some may be more difficult. The obvious ones are television, video games, that good book you want to read, and unhealthy food. The ones we don’t always think about are more emotional, more abstract, but no
less (and perhaps more) distracting.

We need to clean away poor relationships, other people’s drama, and difficult tasks that we’ve been avoiding. These are certainly monumental obstacles, but they can keep you from not only sticking to your daily to-do list, but also getting that job you’ve always wanted, selling your house, writing a novel, or whatever dreams have been put on the wayside.

If you can’t manage yourself, ask a friend, relative, or professional for help.  How do you keep
focus? Have you had successes cleaning up your life so you can focus on what’s truly important to you? We’d love to know!

Tara Dalrymple on Dublin City FM

1 Apr

Patrick Haughey from Dublin City FM interviews Tara Dalrymple, MD of Busy Lizzie with a update on keep to new years resolutions, Lent and ways to use social media in keeping your goals.


Know what you want to achieve before setting your goals

25 Mar

Featured in Irish Independent 9.12.2010

WE all know the first step towards something that seems overwhelming is always the hardest.

A new year gives us a fresh beginning; new opportunities to do things better and finally achieve something for which we haven’t made room before.

However, it can be daunting figuring out what it is we want and how to accomplish it.

The secret to taking that first step is creating a good plan. We’re not talking about resolutions here, but realistic goals.

A productive, organised and successful (however you define it) New Year is possible if you set up achievable steps towards your goals for yourself. Seek help and delegate when needed, and remember, you’re an entrepreneur — you can do this!

To help get you started, the following are basic objectives that will give you a fresh perspective and a strong foundation to tackle the challenges ahead.

  • Take care of yourself and others that rely on you. Eat right, exercise, and don’t overload your schedule so you find yourself frazzled and impatient.

Spend time with family and friends. Re-assess your relationships with your employees and colleagues; make sure they know they are appreciated and valued so they are working up to their potential.

  • Step back — literally and figuratively. Get out of the day-to-day grind and take a fresh look at your priorities, your business, and try to look at your life with a new perspective and ask yourself questions.

Do you really need to make changes? Do you need to arrange more time for yourself, friends, or family?

Have technologies, methods and markets moved on, but your business hasn’t? Are you taking care of your customers the best you can?

  • Build a support network. Seek out relationships with people with whom you can share ideas and inspire each other.

Networking doesn’t just mean exchanging business cards at conferences.

Try walking around and chatting with your employees, call old colleagues and friends, search for new contacts on social media networks.

  • Make room in your life to achieve your goals. Take a new look at your to-do list and calendar.

You probably will be able to move around or even eliminate something to make room for the important things in your life.

Try a class that only meets once instead of for six weeks.

  • Keep your finances healthy even in thin times. Watch your cash flow and keep excellent records — or hire someone else to do it.

Good money management can allow you to stay focused on other areas of your life.

  • Create a plan that is broken down into doable steps. For instance, don’t tell yourself that your entire business office will be clutter free by January 31.

Break these positive goals into steps and set achievable but flexible due dates. Maybe you can work on one desk or office space for one month and then move on.

Don’t just put de-cluttering or market research in your diary, get yourself organised prior to the appointment, move to a quiet area, make yourself a drink, get all the resources you need to hand before you start to ensure you are off on the right foot.

  • See the full picture. If you stick with your step-by-step process and you achieve your goals, where will this lead you? How will this make you happier and more successful?

Stay flexible, be easy on yourself, and make adjustments as you go along to make sure you are heading where you want to go.

Share your hopes and ideas with family; friends and employees so they can be on board and help you and your business make those goals reality.

Your healthy mindset is important to having a successful start to the New Year.

It’s all about not setting up obstacles that block you before you even begin.

Knowing what you really want to achieve, why it’s important, and that you have a plan in place will give you the charge to take the first step into a more organised and prosperous New Year.

Yes, you still need to clean your file drawers, be more attentive to scheduling appointments, return those overdue library books, and take on fewer volunteer obligations, but at least this year, you’ll be ready.

Tara Dalrymple is the founder of Busy Lizzie, which helps small businesses by providing pay-as-you-go secretarial services and e-marketing. www.busylizzie.ie or phone (01) 514 3401.

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