Stress, 2017 does not welcome you…

Stress, 2017 does not welcome you…

This is a call for anyone who has ever looked at their to-do list and decided it’s too long to even start… for anyone who has looked at their diary, crammed with meetings and wondered when they’ll actually get to start their to do list… for anyone who has not even got around to writing a to-do list for 2 months… for anyone who wishes someone would write them a to do list by systematically going through the 658 unread emails in their inbox and telling them which to prioritise.

This is a blog post for anyone who has ever wanted to run out of a meeting mid flow and hide in a cupboard… for anyone who has felt like screaming “you just don’t get it do you” during a client call… for anyone who longingly wishes for a holiday without worrying what Armageddon they will return to. This is for you. TimePenny is for you.

Stress comes in many forms, we’ve been exploring it a little bit during this season and we’ve come to the last post in the theme; there is still so much to say on this topic. Read some of the feedback from my clients and you’ll see that stress is not uncommon, but it can also be tackled, in small ways, very easily.

Let’s not try and pretend that every stressful situation can be fixed by following Brian Tracy’s ABCDE rule or going for a pedicure. It can feel like a mammoth task just unpicking the reasons you got in this stressful situation in the first place. That’s why my coaching sessions always start with questions and lots of talking from you. After the hour session is over I can summarise our learnings into 2 or 3 concrete actions and tools to move forward, plus a few tips to take you into a stress-free way of approaching work. If you are interested feel free to get in touch.

Client Feedback

Client Feedback

It’s always great to hear feedback from happy clients. Here’s a recent recommendation I received from Antoinette Daniel, a small business owner who needed help when her company’s success started ramping up the stress levels:

Having experienced her Time Penny package I was sincerely impressed. Within 30 minutes of the beginning of session 1, Penny had accurately summarised my personality, the issues that I was having with time management and was able to succinctly guide me towards 3 ideas and tools for me to test and think through over the next month.

Her process helped me to combat my procrastination and gave me a longer term solution to work towards in terms of feeling time pressured and often overwhelmed with the ‘to-do’ list.

She reinforced some of those time-old methods that I already know but set them in a context of where I want to be. Her calm, enthusiastic, friendly and ‘safe-hands’ manner made the whole process an enjoyable oasis like experience.

A month down the line, I have cut down on wasted procrastination time. I can more quickly identify when I am avoiding unpleasant tasks. I feel more focused and better motivated to keep working towards my future goals.

She understands the mind of an SME business person and with her background in the creative industry would be well-suited to work with a broad range of companies and individuals.

Time and money well spent!

If you are a small business either starting out on your own or with a few busy colleagues I can help you with your time management woes. There’s no need for it to interrupt your busy day as I’m available for early morning 1:1 meetings. All my clients have seen definite progress on their productivity in just one hour.

Take a look at what other clients have been saying on my testimonials page and use my contact form to get in touch.

Is it time for Penny?

Is it time for Penny?

Time Management is the bane of our lives, the sign-off at the end of every personal development review, the desperate attempt to get more done with our office hours, but what do we really mean when we say “I’m really bad at managing my time”?

In my experience this means different things for different people. For some it means “There are so many things I don’t fancy doing on my to do list”, others might fill in the sub-text with “I plan so well but there is just mountains of work and it gets on top of me”.

This is why, when your well-meaning and enthusiastic boss directs you to video tutorials for time management on lynda.com during your PD, you leave feeling slightly deflated: Time management is different for everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all.

So this is when I step in to shameless promotion mode and go on about my unique service that I’m very proud of – 1:1 time management consultancy in a single hour, most of which is spent listening to you and building a profile of your current working methods followed by a a set of manageable goals and an hour review a month later. If you are interested, email me at hello@timepenny.com