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Five Simple Steps to Create Greater Success

SuccessHere are 5 simple steps to create greater success by managing our time and getting things done in business and life that are important.
We live in a busy world where our time, priorities and energy are constantly challenged so have a game plan to help….

  1. EVALUATE. What do I really want? Where am I headed? What am I doing now?
  2. GET REAL. What is really important that will impact and support your long-term goals the best? What is not important? What is distracting me? What is not really supporting my long term goal?
  3. PLAN. What do I need to do to accomplish my goal? What are the KEY action steps? How will I do this? What schedule or strategy will keep me focused?
  4. FOCUS. Who do you need to be and what structures do you need to have to accomplish this (mindset, attitude, accountability)?
  5. MONITOR/EVALUATE. Am I doing little, unimportant things? Am I procrastinating? What is working/ what is not? How could I streamline what I am doing?

The key to the success of the idea is a plan. You know the saying, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Take your idea, write a SMART goal on paper and create a plan from start to finish on how you will accomplish your goal.  Then, decide if you have the time, energy, resources and desire to bring it to completion. Next, estimate HOW LONG each task will actually take. It is common to underestimate how much time each step will take and therefore it never gets done.  Remember, if you are going to add something to your schedule, you must also plan to say "No!" to something else to make time to accomplish your goal.

Goal setting and accomplishment is not rocket science. The challenge is to maintain the discipline, focus and clarity to implement these basic strategies. Evaluate your long-term goal, be realistic, plan, set structures for focus and have checkpoints to monitor. Invest your time in your plan and maintain the course once it is set. If you are serious about these goals, take action today. Ensure your success by developing an accountability system for yourself. Hire a coach as your strategic partner to run with you. Find a buddy in a similar situation.

Whatever it is, build environments to support your vision. Take the time to plan and design structures for success and you will see a difference!

Here's to you and your success! Have fun!

As a coach, Christy Geiger works to maximize human effectiveness through clarity, focus and planning. In her coaching and training programs, she educates, encourages and equips individuals with resources they need to use their talents and skills to make effective decisions, increase productivity and generate momentum to live with passion and exceed their goals.  Visit to find more or request a free sample coaching session!

Holiday Planning to Leverage your Time

Organize Your SpaceThe holidays are quickly approaching. If you have not already started it is time to figure out and plan for what you want to do to acknowledge your friends, co-workers, employees, colleagues, business partners, associates, etc. this season. There are a few areas to think about and some great tools to keep in mind.

One of the best ways to begin is:
1) Assess your budget and set a holiday limit.
2) Make a list of WHO and HOW you want to do remember people (est. how much for each).

Here are some tips and tools when doing the HOW:

  • CARDS. One of the most common forms. is a great resource to order personalized cards in bulk. If you want custom cards for your specific needs, check out … or
  • GIFTS. After you have a list of whom, then you can sort into common interests, so as you are ordering on-line or shopping, you can take care of several gifts at once.
  • PARTIES & DINNERS. Use to send out 'save the date' invites and details. Let people know about gift exchanges so they can plan. Order party supplies on-line (

If you take a little time to plan, you can execute several things at once, saving time and energy!

Enjoy this fun and festive time of the year!

Maximize Your Time: 10 Tips for Extreme Productivity

120515_1820_MaximizeYou1.jpg1) Know your work style and use the tools and systems that match. If you work well with technology, use your computer, phone and apps for your scheduling and organization. If you are a visual person, consider using a paper calendar and a written to-do list. If you are a people person, develop a team around you to compliment your strengths. If you work alone, find time to focus and remain distraction free. If you are a morning person, attack the most important tasks early in the day.

2) Use ONE calendar. Sometimes people will have several calendars: One for family, work, computer, personal appointments, etc. Keep ONE calendar for everything. Use different colors or type styles to differentiate categories. Personally, I am very visual and remember things better when I write them down, therefore I have a paper calendar for my appointments, but due to the need for dynamic communication I have a google cal to support my scheduling, which might appear like two calendars, however this calendar is a mirror of the paper one and has everything on it.. which while it is extra work to have both, it is one calendar (paper or digital) with all the information.

3) Make a to-do list at the end of each day. Your mind naturally begins to work on the list as you sleep. When you awake, you are ready to work, are very productive and organized. Estimate how much time each task will take you and only put on your next day to-do list what is reasonable to get done.

4) "Eat your frog first." A Brian Tracy concept*: Do the hardest thing you have to do all day first, before you do anything else. Doing this will provide you with the feeling of success in having a "burden" off your back and the momentum to accomplish the remaining tasks.

5) Have a clear goal; write it down and read it daily. When you have a goal you know what to focus on and work toward. If you do not have this at the front of your mind, it is easy to get caught up with the urgent things of the day or trapped in reacting to e-mail, phone calls, interruptions, and other people's emergencies.

Be the master of your domain.
When you implement a few simple productivity strategies and develop them as time saving habits,
you will quickly enjoy the benefit of more time and energy and overall increased productivity.

*Tracy, Brian. Eat that Frog! 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2001

Designing the Financial Environment

Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “Finances” more in-line with your goals. Having your fianancial environment in order will lead to less stress. DEFINITION: The financial environment is your money, investments, property, savings, debt and future goals that will require money or impact your financial health. Why is this environment important?…
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Designing the Environment of Relationships

Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “relationships” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of relationships is the interaction with the people around you. This includes your: Family – those that live under the same roof as you and can include your extended family – like your birth family, family…
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Designing Nature’s Environment

Environment of Nature: Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “NATURE” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of nature is our natural surroundings. Often these are things we cannot control; the in’s and out’s of life. What is presented each day… This includes: Life – The process of existence. The…
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Designing the Physical Environment

Environment of Physical Space: Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your physical space more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of physical space is your surroundings, the actual items around you. This includes: Everything you can see (or can’t see!), touch, hear or smell. Home – This is the look and…
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Designing the Networked Environment

Environment of Networks: Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “NETWORKS” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of networks is about RESOURCES AROUND US.  It is similar to the environment of relationships in that it can deal with people interaction. It is different in that it expands to include information…
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Designing the Spiritual Environment

Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “Spirit” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of Spiritual is introspection about heart & soul health.  This includes your: Spirit – This is your attitude and essence/nature or way we relate to others. The “spirit” in which we go about things.  “No matter…
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Designing the Self Environment

Review the following questions to help you evaluate and bring your life intangibles more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: “SELF” is about our internal workings. Things you can’t touch or see – only feel. Values – This is your core; who you are.  Attributes, things, actions that you hold as very important that propels you…
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