Monthly Archives: December 2015

Time Isn’t On Our Side

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Tick…tick…tick, the minutes and hours just seem to roll off the clock and out of our day.

It seems our lives are so crazy with trying to manage our time, our activities and the amount of increased hours we work every year. In fact, in most western European countries, upon getting your first job as a young adult most likely you’ll be given four to five weeks of vacation right off the bat. No waiting 20 years like we do here to get our four or five weeks of paid vacation.

Tick…tick…tick, the minutes and hours just seem to roll off the clock and out of our day.

It seems our lives are so crazy with trying to manage our time, our activities and the amount of increased hours we work every year. In fact, in most western European countries, upon getting your first job as a young adult most likely you’ll be given four to five weeks of vacation right off the bat. No waiting 20 years like we do here to get our four or five weeks of paid vacation.

Do you know how much time we waste every day? The numbers will amaze you. Putting our lives into perspective, assessing what is and isn’t important is an on-going battle. What if you could find a few more minutes in a day, a few more hours in a month and more days over the years? Balance is the key!

So, this got me thinking about our way of life in the United States and how we continue to work more and more hours each year compared to our counterparts in industrialized countries. Now keep in mind there is a sacrifice and reward proposition going on here. The two countries, United States and Japan, who work the most hours each year also, have the world’s strongest and largest economies.

So with all of this said what can we do to find a better balance in our life? The key is our ability to place value on everything we do and then decide if it’s worth the investment of our time. Here are some thoughts:

  1. We are always planning and scheduling our work and major appointments, so what about scheduling our personal life? Like family time, vacation time, exercising or children’s sporting events? Aren’t these major life appointments?
  2. Think in terms of “quality” not “quantity”. This is priceless.
  3. Turn off the TV and “turn on” family conversations around the dinner table.
  4. Spend five minutes a day, just five minutes, to sit and reflect.
  5. When you have that first cup of coffee or tea in the morning, think about how grateful you are for what you have, instead of what didn’t get done yesterday.
  6. Learn to say “no”…don’t over extend yourself; it can lead to undo stress.
  7. If you live within your means, then the need to work more hours is diminished.
  8. The daily choices we make in our life shape and mold our destiny. Choose wisely.
  9. Take lunch breaks or afternoon breaks and see them as a reward for your hard work, not an intrusion.
  10. Don’t feel guilty if one weekend day you don’t feel like doing anything.

TPPTip: If you’re not managing your time; you’re not managing your life! Print off the above article and keep it as a cheat sheet to help you bring your life back into balance.

About the author: Andrew Botieri is the founder of Total Peak Performance®, a coaching and sales training company. Andrew has over 55,000 hours of coaching and training teams around the country. He is also a published author of “A Celebration of Life- A Story of Hope, A Miracle & The Power of Attitude”.

The Real Art of Giving- Is it Doable?

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Every once in a while you meet people who inspire you to the point of taking action and doing something to solve or alleviate a problem or issue. Someone who inspires you to forget about the “non-essential” things in your life and focus some quality time and effort into making a difference in the world or even your backyard. I was very fortunate this past summer to meet such an individual who inspired me to do more to help others-will you join me?

This person is Chakulla, yes Chakulla! This guy is as cool as his name. As a board member of Project Arts of Plymouth, a non-profit 501-3C we are responsible for bringing together some of the area’s best musical talent for our free music series on the Plymouth waterfront. I met Chakulla on Saturday July 18th at our annual Roots & Folk festival with over 10 bands over 2 days with music, crafts, food and fun.   [[Photo of Hunger Bus]]

As I began looking into Chakulla and his mission, I came across some powerful stats that made me think, to take action regarding hunger and food insecurity:

In the United States today, 16 million children face hunger. Consequently, one in five kids are facing greater obstacles to reaching their fullest potential. The future of America lies in our children. When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well.

  • 84 percent of client households with children report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they knew it weren’t the healthiest option, in an effort to provide enough food for their household.
  • Among Feeding America client households with children, nearly 9 in 10 households (89 percent) are food insecure.

As a leading charity organization, Feeding America is dedicated to helping solve the child hunger problem. Our network of community food banks serves 12 million children.

[This following I have taken from The Hunger Bus website www.thehungerbus.com]

Chakulla (affectionately known as Grandfather Chakulla) is an individual, expressing his music with an organic grove of worldly rhythm’s, unique guitar cords, catchy and memorable melodies. He sings out with an acoustic guitar using a loop pedal enabling leads, harmonica, marimba, conga’s, percussion, and vocal percussion lines to manifest on the spot and live .

He is best described as the Folk/World/Jazz/Americana artist, and in his 4 decades of writing and playing music Chakulla has shared his music at concert venues seating 60,000 people, and in Clubs, at House concerts, Festivals, TV and radio appearances, and singing out in the streets.

He has shared the stage with Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Miles, Aztec Two step, etc. Chakulla has a profound effect on audiences connecting, including, inspiring, and inviting them to participate and to sing along leaving them with a smile.

At every concert event and venue Chakulla will be “Singing out for Food” asking and reminding us to remember those less fortunate and give to your local Food Bank, Pantry, soup kitchen, etc… to HELP FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

So what are you doing to help the cause of hunger? Not many of us have the deep passion and commitment that Chukulla has. But I feel that we have to do something, even if it’s just a little. Maybe volunteer at a soup kitchen with your children to give them awareness of hunger in America or look for local non-profits addressing hunger in your area and invest some personal time or money to help out. So what is this blogger going to do? For all my upcoming music performances I am going to ask those coming to bring non-perishable canned goods so I can donate them to my local food bank. We all have to do something since it’s right in our backyard, or it could even be your neighbor. So I hope after you go onto the www.thehungerbus.org website you’ll be inspired to get involved.http://www.thehungerbus.org