Healthy & Wealthy

Structure Your Time

I believe that structuring your time is one of the most important skills you can try to master. The day I learnt to break down my time into blocks and manage them accordingly was a godsend! Don’t get me wrong, I am one of the most organised people on the planet. I schedule my meetings and appointments, ensuring that I stagger them so as not to stretch myself too thin, and I am also punctual to the point of frustration to others, but one day I learnt how to make sure I scheduled in other things, not just formal appointments, and this was a ‘light bulb moment’. Scheduling blocks [...]

Time to Set Your Goals for 2018

Goals are of vital importance to all businesses and also to the individuals involved, providing aims, objectives, and dreams to accomplish. Statistics show that most people don’t think about goals or work on accomplishing their goals. Of the small percentage of people that do focus on their goals, an even smaller percentage write them down. It’s proven that hugely successful people usually write down their goals—so why don’t more people do this? Everyone sits and daydreams once in a while (go on, it’s OK to admit it!), so why not turn these daydreams into goals and focus on them? Make [...]

He’s Making a List…. Are You?

  2017 is coming to a close and we are all preparing for a great 2018, so are you making a list to make sure you’re on top of things after the festive break? Here are my top 5 suggestions to prepare for a bumper 2018. 1) Make a ‘To Do’ list for January. As you are winding down and enjoying parties and gatherings, we tend to put off tackling big projects but make a list of these to jump into on your return back at work. Some things may slip your mind if you don’t write them down, so [...]

By | December 19th, 2017|Business, Business Tips, Healthy & Wealthy, Lifestyle Tips|0 Comments

Right People in the Right Jobs

People have different strengths and weaknesses, different attributes, and different areas of expertise, so it is so important to ensure you have the right person in the right job. Creative types will assist you with your planning and your vision,but chances are that they will not be interested in or excel in administration or financial area. Analytical types will often be the opposite. It’s also important to recognise your own areas of expertise and capabilities. If you struggle in some areas, bring in help or lean on someone who knows what they are doing or are experts in these particular [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|Business, Business Tips, Healthy & Wealthy, Strive & Thrive|0 Comments

Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go!

This is a caption I saw a few years ago and not only did I love it because of my name (Sparks / sparkle!), it has now become my mantra and I try to apply to all that I do. When dealing with clients, staff, or colleagues, always try to listen, understand, exceed their expectations, and give them a reason to want to work with you. And it actually goes deeper than this ... smile, encourage, motivate, inspire, and uplift those who are around you. Make them feel special, welcome, heard, and valid. It’s easy to rush through and only do what needs to [...]

Keep a Diary or Organiser

Being organised is an essential skill to have or demonstrate for success in today’s ever-busy world. Whether it be in your personal or business life, having a tool that keeps you organised and on track is of paramount importance. I’m still an old fashioned gal in that I still keep a Filofax- style diary that sits on my desk. My diary has all meetings, appointments, day and night time events, and my kid’s commitments all listed. I love having it on my desk as I can see exactly how my day should look in an instant, and most importantly, know [...]

A Unique Perspective…..

Last week, I talked about a book I’d recently read that had impacted greatly on me (Mia Freedman’s ‘Work Strife Balance’, again make sure you read if you haven’t already!). My blog mainly focused on the ‘Balance’ part. This week, I want to talk about the second book which had a similar effect  and that is ‘first, we make the beast beautiful’ by Sarah Wilson. Sarah Wilson made a huge difference to my whole family several years ago. Her first ‘I Quit Sugar’ book was released around the same time that my eldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes [...]

Life Balance – Possible or Impossible?

Over the weekend, I posted a picture of all the books I’m currently reading, and I know I’ve mentioned before how important books are in my world. I’m a firm believer in that we should never stop learning and books open us to a wealth of information, knowledge and advice, not mentioning the benefits of taking time out to relax, enjoy and immerse ourselves in a good read. What I want to talk about in this blog (and the next blog) is the impact two of these books have had on my life, and the significance they have made on [...]

Charity Work / Volunteering – It’s Important to Give Back!

One of the things that I love to do in my role as a business owner is to look at ways that I can give back to the community. One of those ways is by volunteering or assisting charities or communities to raise funds. I am very appreciative of what successes come my way, and as a busy person, I love to get involved in areas where I can contribute to make a difference and support other like-minded people. This is very rewarding and something that I find incredibly self-satisfying. It may be volunteering in local community organisations as a [...]

Goals – Something to Work on… Are YOU Ready for 2017?

As the sun is starting to set on 2016, making way for a fantastic, new and bright 2017 - it's time to start your goals for the coming year. Today's blog is about goals and targets, working hard and daring to dream! We all need goals – dreams to be realised, challenges to be overcome or just something to focus on, and people that are usually goal orientated, or have goals they strive to attain, are usually more successful in life that those that don’t, and this is something that has been proven on numerous occasions. Why? Because to have [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Business, Business Tips, Healthy & Wealthy, Strive & Thrive|0 Comments