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Motivational Monday!

It’s that time of the week again! New week! New start. New adventures, new ideas.

Motivational Monday

Being motivated is not easy especially in a time like this. Most of us are lockdown, away from friends and family, some not being able to work, some suffering from this horrible virus. It’s a time where really we feel we lost all hope.

Here are some ways that have helped me keep motivated and keep going even when I didn’t want to.

  1. Write a list of goals you would like to achieve. Include a timeline to achieve them. Make sure to cross each goal off as you achieve it. This will give you the incentive to keep going as you achieve each goal you will be motivated to start the next
  2. Talk to someone about your goals and get them to ask you about them. This helps motivate you because you know they will ask you, you will have to have something to show for your efforts.
  3. Take up a craft or art or listen to music. By exploring your creative side this helps you relax and unwind. It gives you confidence and a sense of achievement. This in turn will motivate you to complete your goals and move on to the next one. This steps is an especially helpful one for me.
  4. Give yourself an award for completing your goal. Once you have set your goal and completion date, set yourself an award for completing your goal. For instance once I finish writing that management report I will buy those new shoes I wanted. Setting rewards and rewarding yourself gives you the motivation to complete your goals knowing you will receive so in the end.
  5. Eat well, get rest, do some exercise. Not eating properly or sleeping properly hinders your success rate. You will feel tired and defeated. This was a big factor for me. I was a big junk food addict. This left me feeling tired and feeling sick, in turn I had no energy to do anything. I switched to a low carb diet and started exercising. Now I can’t wait to get up and start getting things done. Sugar is a big factor in causing fatigue. You might get bursts of energy but then you will fall flat. A low GI diet will give you continuous energy through out the day and in turn this will make you be more productive.

Well the above points are all factors that have helped me. I hope they will be of help to you! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

Vicky

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END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR – WHY WE HATE IT AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR OURSELVES

Well here we are again. The end of another financial year and the start of the new one. I can hear you all crying into your coffee right now! Its a stressful time, a time where we rush to get everything ready and a time we realise we should have taken more care during the year.

I developed a very easy system to help me file and keep track of all our business correspondence. I want to share it with you.

Arch Lever Folders

I purchased some Arch lever folders from www.officeworks.com.au and labelled them with the information I needed. For me I needed a folder to separate our admin costs with our supplier costs. Also because we deal with a tonne of emails daily I needed a folder to file the ones we had finished with but still needed to keep in case I had to refer back to something.

Inside each folder I put a set of alphabetical tabs so that when I pay a supplier or admin cost I file it under that tab. For instance my telephone bill would go under T. etc. On the spine of the folder I also added the financial year. Here we go from July to June. Weird yeah I know but you get used to it.

At the end of the financial year I simply lift out the pages along with the tabs and secure with foldable clips. See photo below.

Archiving

I use a scrap piece of paper to add information at the front so I know which files these are, for instance “Administration Expenses Paid July to June 2021” I then place the stack in an archive box which I also purchased from www.officeworks.com.au . I place the paper standing up by the spine with the clip side facing up. This makes it easier for me to grab should I need to look back on them.

Archiving station

As you can see from the photo above I also used some spare cardboard boxes we had laying around. I purchased the shelf from Officeworks as well so that I can add boxes easily as I need them. These boxes are fantastic as you can grab them, lift the lid off and look through what you need. They fit A4 size quite easily. I also purchased a half shelf (see photo below) so that I can use it as a work bench. From memory I think the shelves were $65 for the larger shelf and $40 for the smaller one. You will need to assemble them yourself or for an extra fee Officeworks can do that for you.

Archiving Station

And there you have it, in a couple of easy steps you have archived your files for the year. Should you need to refer back to anything its all labelled and neatly put in the boxes. Next what I do is I put in fresh tabs into the arch lever folders so that I can begin filing for the next year.

Its an easy and simple system which doesn’t cost too much and you can tailor it to suit your needs. www.officeworks.com.au have a fabulous range of products to help you with all your end of financial year needs.

Thank you again for reading my posts. Next week I will show you a simple system I use to file my cash register receipts.

Take care

Vicky

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Another lockdown……Another work from home day!

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Slack App – https://slack.com/intl/en-au/

Again we are in another lockdown, stressful but necessary. Many of us are able to take our jobs home and work from our home offices or dining tables.

Lucky for us there is an abundance of technology to make our lives so much easier to communicate with customers, suppliers and fellow employees.

One of my favourite apps to use is Slack. Its easy to install on your computer and makes messaging with your co-workers effortless.

You can set up projects within the app and communicate within that particular project adding only the people involved so that your communications don’t get muddled up, which can often happen when writing emails back and forth.

You can have several separate conversations regarding different matters or include everyone in the one conversation if need be. You can share updates and other information to make project management and other work related matters run more smoothly.

Its definitely a favourite of mine and saves me so much time sifting through emails to find the right one to respond to. Check out the app in the Apple or Google play store. It downloads easily to your mobile or mobile tablet too. That way you can keep the communication going where ever you are. You can also create an account and link your devices. All in all its one awesome App.

Thank you again for reading my posts. I will highlight another of my favourite apps next Tuesday

Vicky

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Are you always forgetting your To-do list?

Let me show you an easy way to set reminders on your phone and never forget your to do list again!

Iphone Reminders List App

In today’s busy world there a bazillion tasks to do everyday. Pay the bills, make appointments, call a work colleague re meeting, take the kids to little league.

It can be very overwhelming and sometimes downright depressing! One App that I use constantly on my Iphone is the Reminders App. I am not sure if it comes standard with the Iphone, but its one of the best To-Do list apps I have every used!

Its simple to add a task, just press the + button and start typing, press enter to finish. You can customise each task to detail its importance and when and how you want to be reminded.

The best feature of this App is the fact you can make custom lists so you only have to-do tasks for certain areas of your life all in one list. For instance if you are organising a party you can add a list called Party List and note down all the tasks in that list. Or if you have a work project, you can make a list called Project Details and note down the tasks under there.

The lists are easy to call up, just simply press on the stack of lists and pick the one you want. You can tick to complete tasks and they will be crossed out so you know you have done this item. All in all after the tonnes of other to-do list Apps I have trialled, this one is the best, quickest and best of all its free! No subscription needed to use the full App.

Give it a try today and see how much better it is to keep yourself and your day organised!

Thank you very much for reading and have a wonderful day!

Vicky

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Need somewhere handy to store your notes?

Read about a great App I use to keep all my notes organised! Best of all its free!

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You know the struggle, you have to remember something or someone gives you information and you are running around looking for pen and paper to write it on!

Thats me most of the time! And most of the time I throw my arms up in fustration as despite me having a million pens and scraps of paper, I can never find one in that moment.

I discovered the notes app that comes with Iphone and it is brilliant! Not only can you type notes and lists on there. You can copy links, pictures and so much more! I save hashtags and copy and paste to my instagram whenever I need to and also my favourite recipes!

The great thing about it too is you can link it to your ICloud and also a gmail account so you can access the same notes from different devices. You can also create folders to house different notes you need access for all the time, such as contacts, recipes, instructions and so much more.

Overall its one of the best Apps I have used so far and believe me I have tried all sorts of note taking Apps, this by far exceeds my expectations!

So next time you a scrolling through your phone take a look and see if you have this App, it truly is a game changer!

Thank you for reading and I wish you all a wonderful week.

Next week I will talk about an easy to do list App I came across! Stay tuned.

Vicky

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Grilled Chicken with Avocado and Salad

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Sometimes it’s so hard to workout what ti have for dinner. Working long days or studying sometimes we are too tired to even think about cooking. Take away food become our go to choice.

This not only impacts your wallet but has a tremendous impact on your health! I am a big fan of one pot or one pan dinner. They are quick and easy and cleaning up is a breeze afterwards!

Check out my latest Instagram post (link above) for a quick and healthy dinner you can make and leftovers make a great lunch for the next day!

Thank you for reading!

Wishing you all a beautiful day

Vicky

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Tips for studying online

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A  guide to help you survive your online studies.

 

I had so many grand plans for my blog, a few I have accomplished, others still remain plans. Sometimes it is frustrating as I don’t have the time I need to achieve what I would like to.

This week has been even more strenuous as I have commenced another year of online study. It is a three year bachelors degree, and as I was new to the university world it was quite daunting.

This year I have decided to put in a strict timetable to help me through my final year of studies. I have tried this in the past before and failed but being in my final year I did not want to finish my degree in a lack lustre way.

Planning is essential if you want to achieve your goals. As I am studying from home keeping a strict routine is imperative in guiding me to achieve these goals. Here are my top tips in helping you achieve your online studying or any type of studying that is!

1) Before you start look through your course study guide and check for due dates for assignments essays and exams as well as reading the requirements for the course and any procedures that must be followed. Note down the required textbooks or any other materials you may need.

2) Note down important due dates in a dairy. I like to keep a dairy specifically for my studying. Also keep a yearly calendar somewhere visible where you can write these dates down that way you can see at a glance when assignments and lessons are due and if any clash.

3) Make a lesson plan and decide what days or times are suitable for studying and put them in a timetable format, like the ones you had in high school. For example I have four subjects this semester so I have set out four mornings in the week from 9 am to 12 pm to be my studying times. Keep in mind any online tutorial lessons you may have with your teacher and any lessons you need to complete beforehand.  I have an online tutorial for accounting every Wednesday night, so I have scheduled Monday morning to study my accounting lesson so I have completed all the required activities beforehand. Keep in mind to include all your other daily activities in the time table so that you can follow a routine.

4) Allocate a place in your home that can be your study area. Try to pick somewhere that is quiet and away from distractions such as the television. Keep your study materials in that area so that way you have a “place to go” to study.

5) Allow for one free day if possible away from your studying to allow you to enjoy free time or catch up on other non study related items. Make sure you stop for snack and lunch breaks, write them into your timetable and try to stop for a break at the same time if possible everyday that way it will be part of your routine.

6) Prep meals on the weekend if possible that way you don’t have to waste time during the week. You can just simple heat up the meal and eat it. Try and stick to nutrious meals that allow for plenty of vitamins and minerals as these are essential to your concentration levels.

7) Lastly keep a simple notebook with you whenever possible to note things down as you go along. Quite often you will get a brilliant idea for an assignment while you are doing something else. Writing it down when you first thought of it will keep the idea fresh. Keep to do lists and all ongoing rough notes in this book so that you can reference back  to it if you need to. I keep an exercise book with me and write down all my ideas for study and other things, also my recipes and blog ideas and to do list.

I hope these tips are helpful and your studying goes well. Feel free to comment with your tips in the comments section. I would love to hear them. Thank you so much for reading my blog. Wishing you all a great day. And best of luck with your studies.

vicky 🌻