Emma-Louise Elsey wants to help people to live a life they love. But she realizes that people are incredibly busy and many can’t afford a Life Coach. So she created her Life Coach on the Go site as kind of a self-serve self-help deli with bite sized portions of wisdom and advice, ideal for busy people who need a little direction and guidance.
“This is a very practical website,” Elsey said. “There are coaching tools that ask you a question, give you a little piece of knowledge. There is a spiritual undercurrent here, as well. Over time, the wisdom will accumulate.”
One of the many morsels of wisdom she shares is how to put more time in your day. Here are some of her suggestions:
Many people using the Internet get distracted. “It’s like going down a rabbit hole,” Elsey said. “There is Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, for example. People can waste so much time going to these sites.” One way to keep from getting sidetracked with the many wonders and curiosities there are to enjoy online is to prioritize your time. Elsey suggests using an online stopwatch to keep track of the time spent online. “Give yourself 10 minutes,20 minutes to enjoy the Internet, then go back to what is more important.”
Employ “Filler Tasks,” that is, short tasks that need doing that can be slipped in during down times, such as waiting in a doctor’s office. “You can make a phone call, write a birthday card,” Elsey said. ” She suggests creating a list of Filler Tasks so that as soon as there are a few minutes between more important tasks or events, it doesn’t have to be time wasted.
Get to all of your appointments 10 minutes early. “I know this sounds counterintuitive, but a lot of our lack of productivity comes from stress and feeling overwhelmed,” Elsey said. “When you have a clear and calm mind, you can achive a lot more. And if you do hit a delay, you’re going to be on time, rather than being late. Elsey suggests trying this approach for a week. “See how much calmer and productive you are because you are not judging yourself for being late.”
Challenge your interruptions. “We can’t stop people from interrupting us but we can ask them how important what they want to talk about really is,” Elsey said. “You’ll often be surprised by the response. When we allow ourselves to be interrupted, we are saying that the interruption is more important than the task we are working on. Once you have a response to your question about the interruption, ask yourself which is more important?”
Along that line, Elsey suggest we practice “Fierce Kindness.” “We tend to assume that kindness is meek, nice and sweet. We tend to look at it as weakness,” Elsey said. “Actually, it is about looking at a situation, about what you are doing with your time and making a decision.” Ask yourself what is best for you now and look at the big picture. Do you play a video game or work on an important project? “Look at the big picture for what is really best,” Elsey said.
To feast on more of her life-enhancing coaching bites, visit her site.