I just need more hours in the day!

How often do we hear ourselves saying that and constantly feeling the burden of not getting things done.

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Modern life is busy – there are so many more ‘things to do’ nowadays it’s easy to understand why people feel overwhelmed, frustrated with missed deadlines and struggling to complete errands.

But it needn’t be like that. As Napoleon Hill said “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

Here are a few simple rules and helpful tools that help both ourselves and our clients.

  • Be realistic and don’t try to take on too much. Remember there is only one of you and ultimately even with help you have to make sure you leave time in the day for yourself.
  • Prioritise and focus on what really matters, tackle the need-to-haves before the nice-to-haves.
  • Keep track of your progress. Write it down or, if you are good with technology, try a tool like Wunderlist to help keep you on track whilst on the move. If you have lots to do then make different lists for different purposes. Personally, crossing off my to-do list with a purple highlighter makes me very happy.
  • Plan ahead. Don’t wait for things to catch you unawares, be ready for them. Get all your plans/birthdays/to-do’s in a diary or online calendar and get into the habit of checking it daily. Put reminders for the really important things, just in case!
  • Write a weekly meal plan and shop just once a week for everything, mySupermarket will help make sure you don’t spend more than you need and will alert you if something you buy regularly is on offer. Keep an active list somewhere that the family can add to when they spot that you are running short on something, we love the ideas here.
  • Be dedicated – now you know what you want to do and what’s most important to you, get started! Even if you only start by allocating 5-10 minutes each day to creating a more organised life, you will be surprised how much you can achieve. If you really struggle to get started or finish, enlist the help of a friend or family member to make you accountable for your goals.


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Ten months down, two to go…

I shared with you at the beginning of 2014 that my two best friends decided to go without buying any clothes, shoes or accessories for a whole year. I knew it would be tough for them. I never had any doubt they would do it but I thought they would be chomping at the bit to be out there shopping on New Years Day but it seems as if it has been more profound than that. Here’s a Q and A with Mary:

What have you learnt most from your ten months of abstinence?

I’m now a firm believer in “Less is more”. It’s so much easier having less. It takes less time to get ready to go out. I don’t spend hours agonising about what to wear as I have limited choice. I have got rid of loads of stuff that I don’t need. It makes things so much simpler.

You used to love to treat yourself to something new for special occasions. Has that been the hardest part?

Dressing well will always be something that is important to me but I previously mistook that for wearing something new. This is a real eye opener for me. Last year, I would always buy a new outfit for a special event. Now I am getting so much more value out of the clothes I have and allowing myself to enjoy them more.

You used to spend a lot of leisure time shopping. Has the shopping ban made you change behaviour?

I embarked on this challenge at at time when there were some big changes to my family life. I wanted to make sure I didn’t fill my newly found spare time shopping. I wanted to do other things, more rewarding things. This process has helped me so much. I have joined a gym, started singing, got my chickens at last and have been much more focused in running my business. I don’t need the boost I felt from retail therapy any more. I have learnt to address my feelings instead of covering them up going shopping. I am focusing on my needs now too as well as the rest of the family’s and that’s made me a more confident person. I am in a much better place emotionally than last year because I have faced change head on instead of hiding behind a clothes splurge.

Have you saved money?

I’ve not really kept count but I’m sure I have. But for me, it wasn’t just about that – it was a personal challenge and has become a journey.

Would you recommend this to anyone for 2015?

I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone brave enough to do it. In fact a couple of friends are giving it a go on a month by month basis. Good luck to anyone who wants to challenge themselves.

Where decluttering meets Feng Shui


I recently met a fascinating man with an amazing life story. He has just moved back to the UK and wants to spread the word about the ancient art of Feng Shui. Here is a guest post by John Groeneveld. If you want to hear more and are in the Manchester area, you can attend a free talk at Haigh Lea Therapy Rooms on Thursday 3rd July at 6:30pm.

Where Decluttering meets Feng Shui

From the perspective of the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, decluttering is an essential process. Feng Shui is concerned with having a beneficial and healthy circulation of energy in the home or the workplace. The energy we are talking about was called Chi by the Chinese. Chi is universal subtle energy, and it has different cycles, and different ways of moving and manifesting. Wherever there is some form of energy that we have named, whether electrical, magnetic, kinetic, or chemical, there is Chi. Chi also pervades physical objects, and when objects accumulate and remain fixed in position for long periods, the energy they hold also becomes stale and stagnant. This clutter obstructs the flow of fresh energy through the space it occupies or encloses. The nooks and crannies created by it become little energetic dead zones. This kind of unmoving energy becomes “Yin”, stale, dead, as opposed to “Yang”, moving or alive. When Chi becomes blocked then
your luck can become stuck too, and it’s difficult for new opportunities to get a look in.

Another aspect of clutter is that it takes up “head space”. Everything we own is an object of our awareness, whether consciously or in the background. We invest a part of ourselves in everything we own; part of “Me” gets entangled with what is “mine”. That’s why people get enraged when their cars get dented, as if part of their person had been injured. When we declutter, we free up all the mental energy that was entangled with that stuff, and our minds feel better aired: less stuffy. We feel lighter, relieved of a burden. That energy can be used for newer fresher pursuits. So what looks like a purely physical process has a positive knock-on effect on our energy and on our mental state.

If you want to go further than decluttering and into Feng Shui “proper”, there are more levels to discover. Feng Shui is about selecting an environment that works for you and then manipulating the energy within that space in order to bring you success, i.e. good fortune. It can manifest career opportunities, financial success, better health, new or better relationships, and more. It is or was understood in most esoteric traditions that your specific energetic configuration interacts with those in your natural and built environment, and also with planetary and temporal aspects to form certain potentials. Feng Shui works to suppress the negative potentials and manifest the good ones. These then manifest concrete results in your life. “As above ( i.e. invisible and potential) so below (i.e. visible and experienced in form or “reality”)”

Everything is interdependent.



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