Got a Goal but No Time? Take the 10 Minute Challenge

January 31, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

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Another Bloom Party yesterday and someone asked, “I have things I want to do with my life, but how can I find the time?” My answer, “If you can find 10 minutes a day, you can start blooming!” Here’s an old article newly revamped about the 10 Minute Challenge…

Ever wanted to write a book, learn to knit or organize your photos? What about your talent for sewing going to waste even though style ideas keep dancing in your head? Why can’t you get to a project, passion or something you’ve been meaning to do for months? Stop procrastinating.  Now’s the time!!

But where to find the time?
When kids have to be chauffeured here and there, your mom needs help recovering from an illness and your job soaks up every ounce of energy, time is precious. But finding time is easier than you think. Just set aside 10 minutes every day and you’ll be on your way to learning the piano, journaling or reading novels for your book club. Chip away at whatever it is you want to do. The secret is to do a little at a time.  Be patient and over time you’ll reach your goal.

Can’t find 10 minutes?
Sure you can. We’re all dealing with the same 24 hours in a day. Think of someone who has a lot on their plate.  Maybe it’s your sister, boss or a world leader you admire.  These people seem to get things accomplished and you can too.  Here’s how:

  • Call in Your Support System – Enlist your significant other, kids, friends and family to help in some way to ease your tasks, chores and to do list. Maybe your son can walk the dog in the morning to afford you those 10 precious minutes. Or switch part of your workout routine to the afternoon - such as tummy crunches or running on the treadmill - and carve out 10 minutes there.

  • Find Your Optimal Time – When are you freshest and energized? For most people, it’s the morning. But you might be a night owl. Whenever you can be most productive, that’s when to use your 10 minutes.

  • Commit and Don’t Cheat – This is an investment in you. Dedicate yourself to a schedule and don’t skip YOUR time.

  • Time It – If your project starts sucking your energy and time you won’t want to come back to it.  Set a timer and at the end of 10 minutes,  STOP.  If you feel 10 minutes are not enough and you can squeeze out 5 or 10 extra minutes…great.  If not, don’t stress. Just keep your time manageable and set limits.

  • Now is the Time because “Someday I’ll May Never Come – Do you know someone who always wanted to do something butgrowyourseedsforsuccess never got the chance? Maybe your mom had dreams she never fulfilled or a friend became ill before she had the chance to do the things she could when she was healthy. Don’t let this happen to you! Find those 10 minutes so you don’t have to say, “If only I had…”, “Why didn’t I?”, or “I wish I could turn back the clock and ….”

Organize: Got a goal but no time? Log in 10 manageable minutes a day and little by little you’ll get closer to your goal.

NOTE: This article originally appeared on www.BloomOnLine.com and has been re-edited and published.

I want to focus!

January 19, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog

CBR002168First step: Organize your time and all that you want to do.

Update from a recent Bloom Party.  After creating a colorful poster filled with visions and goals for her life and career this year, one “bloomer” confessed that she’s easily distracted by all she wants to accomplish and is going to focus on the art of focusing.

After reading her follow-up email to me (see below), it seems that she is starting to tackle her goal of “focusing.” Her Bloom Plan helped her gain clarity on her direction and put order to the constant swirl of ideas and things to do. Now she is focusing on what she needs to focus on …which, of course, is focusing.

Bravo to this bloomer’s tenacity, organization and time management skills and courage to bloom! Here’s her email to me:

“I wanted to tell you about my new time management scheme that’s been working well for me since I made my Bloom Plan and realized that honing my “focusing” skills is what I have to work on to accomplish my projects and personal agenda.

I made 5 columns on a piece of paper and across the top of it I wrote the 5 categories of stuff that demand my time, listed in order of priority. The first column is labeled “Me” and it includes yoga, housework, paperwork, etc. The next column is labeled “Exam” as I am in the process of taking a series of exams for a professional license. The third column is “Business” which is my design work and the forth column is “Studio,” the work coop I’ve formed with design professionals like myself. The last column ~ and I’m trying to make it least! ~ is labeled “Volunteer” and is my work with a non-profit organization I am very passionate about.

Under the appropriate column, I further prioritized stuff from my to-do lists. Now I’m scheduling my days in the same order! I start the day with yoga and studying and end it with my non-profit work. I’m also trying to go to bed earlier, too, so I can get up early enough to have productive mornings. And my priorities are reinforced every time I walk by my Bloom Plan that I made which is posted on my wall.

So far so good and I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Green Lifestyles: Get Rid of the Junk Mail

July 28, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Press Room

screen-shot-2010-07-28-at-110515-amBarb and CT Green Scenes team up for solutions on greening our lives!

Who wants unnecessary clutter? None of us do. But, just open up your mailbox and you’ll probably find lots of mail you don’t even open.

Junk mail has a huge carbon footprint and overloads our landfills.  It’s also a big waste of your precious time and energy to sort, weed, shred and toss. And, unopened mail in the trash can be easy prey for fraud and identity theft .

Barb comments on Junk Mail on Channel 12 News CT

Time to organize your life, plant your Seeds for Success and go for the win-win. Stop the mail from reaching your doorstep in the first place by contacting organizations that can help like Direct Marketing Association Choice and companies who have your name on their mailing lists.

It’s worth the bother to reduce and hopefully eliminate junk mail and live a greener lifestyle. According to CT’s Green Scene’s Junk Mail: Return to Sender loaded with great tips on how to get rid of unwanted mail, ”The next time you get a catalogue or a coupon pack, think how many trees were destroyed before it landed in your mail box. Then, think about what you’d like to do about it.”

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Organize Your Life!

June 10, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

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Get a handle on your spaces, time and goals and make space for you.

Guest: Lisa Lelas, professional organizer, author of Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life and tv host of Simply Organized.

LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio
Pre-recorded / Aired: June 10, 2010

Getting organized not only clears the clutter in your home and office but also in your mind as you make room to bloom! Lisa will amaze you with simple and easy tips and ideas on how to streamline and get things in order so you can start controlling your life instead of life controlling you.

Lisa Lelas

Lisa Lelas

Not just a how-to, we’ll also get to the root of why so many of us feel overwhelmed, out of energy and even stuck , and how organizing your life will help you move forward in so many ways!

Lisa’s Website: www.LifeStylingwithLisa.com

Dec 2-BloomStorm Party at the Dressing Room

August 3, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Events

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A Girls Night Out with Purpose

Theme: Organize Your Life for the Holidays and Beyond!

Dec 2nd, Wed, 5 -7pm
The Dressing Room
3 North Main St, Wallingford CT

We’re gearing up for the hectic holiday rush. Let’s toss out some BloomStorm ideas about how to pace ourselves now and into the New Year while connecting with some wonderful women. Read more