Maintain your old Siemens Hipath system

Make a Decision and Take Action!

How are you progressing with the goals you set yourself this year?

Have you made a start? Or are you still thinking about it or caught the very popular "I'm too busy" epidemic?

Mary's Story

Mary runs her own publishing company employing 5 people. She is married with two teenagers.

When I first met Mary she told me how stressed out she was trying to juggle work and home effectively.

Her business although surviving (just) could have achieved major growth except for one major factor? Mary. She was very disorganised and ran her business that way.

Mary was always complaining about the pressures of running her business and having a life. I suggested to her that by having personal coaching she would dramatically improve her situation?guaranteed, providing she actioned the ideas, insights and solutions she would gain through the process.

She's A 'Gunna'

Mary was a 'gunna'. She was 'gunna' do this and 'gunna' do that. Unfortunately all she can and still does do is talk about it. She won't make a decision. Money wasn't the issue, after all she had invested thousands of dollars attending an American guru's week long "life changing" bootcamp. She thought that would be her "magic lifechanging pill". Unfortunately Mary did not action what she had learned. She got caught up in her chaotic life immediately on her return.

It's interesting to note that many people believe that the more they spend on some of these seminars, the better the results will be.

What they forget to factor into the equation is themselves.

The Latest Crisis

I have spoken with her a few times and suggested the best course of action to take and she always responds with "not right now, I have this to do and that to do (and everything else to do)". Mary always procrastinates and says to call her back in a few weeks' time when the current major crisis should be over.

One month her database was completely wiped out. It had mistakenly been deleted by a temporary assistant she had hired. Of course there was no back up. It took many hours to reproduce it.

Mary had to hire an extra person for the next month to establish a new database. In real terms this latest crisis cost her business thousands of dollars in lost productivity, not to mention the effect it had on her stress levels.

People often only think of having a back up when something goes wrong. They don't worry about their own business and systems. As long as they are 'busy', who needs to 'waste time' on systems?

Specialist skills are required and they are not just acquired by experience. Mary needs to equip herself with some basic life skills so she can live and work effectively. She has to be able to put those skills into action!

At the rate she's going, she won't be living long enough to enjoy the years of hard work she has contributed to her business.

It's been a couple of years since we first spoke and I'd forgotten all about Mary until I bumped into one of her former employees who had stayed with her for six months. Jan told me it was extremely stressful and unrewarding working for Mary. She could never complete her work as her duties were always changing. Mary made promises to clients which she would often break and Jan, being her personal assistant was the person the clients would go to make sure the work was done on time. She was also the key person who kept the peace with the rest of the staff.

Jan had given Mary one month's notice when she handed in her resignation, so Mary had plenty of time to find a replacement.

When Jan left, Mary still hadn't found a replacement as she left it to the week before Jan exited to advertise the position. Of course she did all the recruiting herself, advertised in the local paper and had 50 replies. No doubt she wasted the next month interviewing suitable applicants.

When Is The Right Time?

When is the right time to take action? Is it at Christmas, the new year, the beginning of the financial year, when you've got nothing else to do, when your spouse leaves you, when your business is on its last legs, when the kids finally go to school, when the boss leaves or when you become so sick from the stress of your life that you cannot get out of bed?

The Final Word

Henry Ford said "The hardest work known to man is thinking". I say "the second hardest work known to man is taking action".

About The Author

Lorraine Pirihi, principal of The Office Organiser ( is Australia's Personal Productivity Coach

Lorraine specialises in working with businesspeople showing them how to dramatically boost their productivity, reduce the stress and the mess in their lives and have more time for enjoying their life.

We Offer a Broad Range of Services and Products including: Coaching for small business owners and professionals, keynote presentations and workshops, books, CD's, DVD's and on-line learning programs.

Take action today! Contact Lorraine to discuss your specific needs at

In The News:

Trump 'fully prepared' to use military force against Turkey in Syria
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:44:00 +0100
Donald Trump is "fully prepared" to use military force if "needed" against Turkey after Ankara launched an offensive against America's allies in Syria.

Israeli PM Netanyahu abandons attempt to form government
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:27:00 +0100
Benjamin Netanyahu has abandoned his attempt to form a new coalition in a development that plunges Israel into further political uncertainty.

55 elephants starve to death in Zimbabwe after drought
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:08:00 +0100
At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the last two months in Zimbabwe's biggest national park.

Former Nazi guard says images of 'misery and horror' haunt him
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:16:00 +0100
A former guard at a Nazi concentration camp said the "images of misery" have haunted him his whole life.

Thai king strips 'disloyal' royal mistress of titles
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:10:00 +0100
Thailand's king has stripped his royal mistress of her titles and military ranks for being "disloyal" and trying to undermine the queen.

Erfahrungen mit Pallhuber Wein
Agen Bola SBOBET Terpercaya

Travel in comfort and at your leisure with CT Airlink Limousine & Car Service for top quality private transportation and exceptional customer service. We operate Sedans, SUVs & Vans for CT Car Services to covering all Connecticut airports including Car Service from CT to Newark Airport , Mohegan Casino Uncasville CT, Foxwoods Casino Mashantucket CT, Manhattan Cruise Terminal NYC, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal NYC and Bayonne Cruise Terminal NJ. CT Airlink hire licensed and friendly chauffeurs who have in-depth knowledge of the Areas.

Resolving Conflicts Effectively

Every relationship has conflicts. In some relationships, conflict is a... Read More

4 Ways To Avoid Looking Stupid When Making Small Talk

The fear of saying something silly and feeling embarrassed stops... Read More

Business Career Executive Coaching Article -Motivator, Discipline and Desire

"There is a certain combination of desire and discipline in... Read More

The Real Truth About Working Smarter, Not Harder

Running a business or department can often stretch you to... Read More

We Are the Five People We Associate with Most

Last month I was invited to participate in a charity... Read More

101 Winning Choices

Personal missions statements (PMS) are just nothing but the winning... Read More

The X-factor

Would you agree that today most of us have the... Read More

Worth Waiting For

Direct Answers - Column for the week of July 22,... Read More

Just Listen, Please!

When did you last do that? When did you last... Read More

What I Would Include In A Coaching Book

A coach is an essential figure in providing direction and... Read More

Coaching is Asking the Right Questions

Have you ever known anyone who asked themselves "Why me?"... Read More

Difficult Challenges? -- What If?

Sometimes life can seem like one long series of unsolvable... Read More

More Money & Less Stress?

At 2pm last Wednesday, I got a call from one... Read More

You Have A Choice

I'm a relationship coach and, unlike most, I deal with... Read More

Online Counseling - a Timely Happenstance

Online counseling may be the latest and greatest improvement in... Read More

Are You Addicted to Anger?

Michael was raised in a home where anger was used... Read More

Searching For Your Calling ? Quest or Curse?

Judging by the extraordinarily positive reader response to Po Bronson's... Read More

Feeling Self-Conscious? 6 Tips to Turn it Around Fast!

When you feel self-conscious it means you are putting too... Read More

Action NOT Reaction

Do you feel you are in charge of your life... Read More

How To Give Criticism Without Bruising Egos

As responsible employers, parents, and friends, we have an obligation... Read More

How to Tune In Your Brain & Feel Confident with People in Moments

One day when I was in school, many years ago,... Read More

Discovering Your Passion and Purpose

"I can't seem to discover why I'm on the planet.""What... Read More

How to be Your Authentic Self

Most of us play many different roles in the course... Read More

How to Choose the Right Coach for You

So you want to hire a coach but with so... Read More

Your Responsibility

The other day I decided to skip cooking dinner and... Read More