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Time for closure?

2012-04-07 16:01 (comments: 5)

I am not talking here about closing the doors before leaving the house for the Easter break. What I am talking about is your health, your relaxation and your feeling of success.

We are experiencing a relentless stream of information these days and we are under an unceasing barrage of tasks. We have even coined new terms for this new lifestyle: “multitasking” and “24/7”. Instead of following a solid and structured action plan, we constantly get distracted by outside impulses, trying to juggle everything simultaneously. We are under a never-ending onslaught of emails and text messages, and we constantly split our attention between checking Facebook, Twitter or other social media. Our work hours have been blurred beyond recognition as the intrusive new technology makes us available 24/7. 

How can we complete our tasks without being distracted every few minutes? And when we manage to complete a task or a project, what happens then? Do we take the time to celebrate or at least to feel satisfaction that we have managed to complete something, or do we immediately turn our attention to another thing on our to-do list?
How can we switch off at the end of the day if we keep checking emails or even telephoning long into the evening hours? How can we re-learn the ability to focus on one thing at a time without getting distracted by a hundred other things that are on our mental do-do list? When was the last time you gave your loved-ones your undivided attention, looked them deep into the eyes without any words and focused on their thoughts and feelings with your complete awareness? When was the last time you spent some time just sitting quietly without having any clear goal or a particular reason for it? When was the last time you took some time out to give yourself some time?
The spring is a perfect time to do this!

Tips and Tricks

• Don’t be a slave to the ringtone!

When you are working on something and the telephone rings, ask yourself if this is urgent or important enough to disturb your concentration. In most cases it will work just fine if you let the caller leave a message and get back to them later.  Train yourself to decide what is more important to you at a given moment. You can even disconnect or redirect your phone when you work on a task that requires your undivided attention.  Working without distracting interruptions will boost your productivity!

• Focus!

If you decide to take the call, close physically and mentally the file or topic you are working on to give the caller and his issue your full attention. Stop what you’ve been doing and make a conscious decision to address the issue in the call with your 100% focus. This way you won’t feel disrupted and stressed out. 

• Take a break!

Take regular breaks in order to recharge your batteries. When you honestly disconnect from your tasks and deadlines and when you allow yourself to truly relax and renew your energy, you get more creative and efficient!

• Draw a line!

Set clear boundaries between work and private life. Separate your love, family, work, leisure time and sport. Only this way you will be able to truly engage in each one of these areas and to tap into the potential that they bring!


Why not taking 3 days for yourself? No distraction, no expectations of others, only 3 days reflection, inspiration, relaxation, focus and clarity about what is truly important in your life and how to get more of this into your life! Sign up today for the Workshop Back to Basics - returning to what really matters and receive the early bird price until Easter Monday! More info here:


Put duties aside at least an hour before bed and perform soothing, quiet activities that will help you relax.

Dianne Hales

No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

Herodotus (484 BC - 430 BC)

Back to Basics - Easter Present!

Here is my gift to you!
We still have some spaces free for our Back to Basics Workshop in the Austrian Alps. A “one of a kind” experience where  you will have time, input and inspiration to bring more into your life that truly matters to you.
The Early Bird Price would be ending on April 1st but because Easter is coming and I would like to give you a special gift, I am offering you an extended time to make up your mind and sign up to be part of this amazing retreat and still benefit from the early bird price!

This is what participants said about it:
“I had a fantastic time. The whole thing was really well put together. The content of the course was excellent and I continue to use the notes. You were a great teaching team and worked well together. The location was gorgeous and I really enjoyed the mental break of being somewhere completely different. All the activities were wonderful and really got me thinking.
I would do the workshop again. I loved it.“
A. S., Basel

“Once again THANKS to both of you (and of course Desiree’s father, Stephan, the place, the weather, etc.) for what you gave all of us as a gift. It is now our turn to decide how to use it but you have really done a great job in all the phases of the workshop (including the preparation).
Things I really liked about the workshop:
• being outside of “normal life” in such a wonderful context
• Desiree and Marjan professionalism/preparation/energy and positive attitude
• Activities outside (including meditation)
• Celebration moments
• Silent walk
• Breakdown of activities between theoretical and practical”
L.B., Au

So, take a look here and sign up now, as your payment needs to be in by Easter Monday to qualify for the Early Bird Price!!!!!!
Maybe you even what to ask a friend to join you on this journey and create memorable memories alongside creating a life that you love!

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