How to make 2014 your family’s best year yet!

howmyclients describemeWhat a year it has been!! Epic. Nothing as show stopping as the Daily Mail article in 2012. However, people are continuing to say nice things about me.  I must be doing something right! (see picture to your left). Amongst the busy-ness,  I’ve also moved home, started coaching from my own office, doubled my income and given up nannying.  Who’d have thought that in 18 months it would have blossomed so successfully?  It was only 5 years ago that I was sat at a desk in a big corporate office marketing boilers!

Everything happens for a reason

We could say boo to boilers but even they were contributory to my journey.  That was handy as all that marketing stuff has helped me launch a business.  Life happens that way doesn’t it? You don’t sometimes know why you are doing something until years later when it all becomes crystal clear.  This is why it’s important to take stock of the last year and use the learnings to propel you forward in 2014.  Life is more fulfilling when you are learning and growing.  Staying stuck is a safe option, but not necessarily the one that is best for you.

How business planning can translate into family life

Whilst planning for my business and setting goals for 2014, I used a very simple strategy and one which you can adopt for your family life.  Take a piece of paper and section it into 4.  At the top of the first two boxes write: what is working, what is not working.  Then at the top of the other two boxes, write:  what I enjoy, what I don’t enjoy.  You can print off the chart below by clicking on it.

2013 review

From completing these boxes you can then see how to incorporate more of what you love into your life, get rid of or delegate the things you don’t (not necessarily outsource but may be this needs to be more of a family effort) and put right what doesn’t work or maybe get rid of it altogether.

Here are some pointers that you may like to consider:

  • Family Routine
  • Household chores
  • Quality time as a family
  • Screen time
  • Common Repetitive Family Disagreements (the things we row about are quite obviously what’s  not working!)
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sleep / Bedtime routines
  • Relaxation
  • Positivity (moaning, winging and complaining do not apply!)
  • Manners
  • Boundaries (as children get older, they may want more privacy or alone time)
  • Homework

If it’s not working do you really need it?

When you have completed your review, see if you can find a solution to the what’s not working or maybe if it’s not important, you can get rid of it altogether.  For example, I recognised that some of my advertising was costly and ineffective so I’ve decided not to repeat it in 2014.  Maybe if your current way of doing things doesn’t work, you need to find new ways or not bother.  How important is it anyway

Definition of madness:  Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.

celebrate munchkinCongratulate yourselves on what is working

We sometimes forget to acknowledge the good stuff and tend to focus on what needs improving or is driving us nuts.  For once, sit down and applaud your family for getting it right.  Praise individuals for their efforts and contribution.  Acknowledging achievements is confidence building.  Can we have more of this in 2014 please!

Put more goodness into your life

I doubt anybody has ironing or cleaning the bathroom on their enjoyment lists (they are my two worst jobs ever!) but can they be shared.  Can you take it in turns? Can you outsource it to a cleaner?  Last person in the shower, can you bleach the toilet, shower spray and wipe around the bath before you leave? That will get them ready quicker in the morning I’m sure!!!!  Life is for living so I’m sure a bit of tumble weed behind the bathroom door won’t kill you.  It’s important that you spend time doing what you love.  This is my 2014 goal and you can read more about it here.  Doing more of what I love makes me smile and I intend to be smiling more in 2014 than I was in 2013.  I’m quite a smiley person usually.

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