Hello!

I cannot take the credit for this incredibly inspiring idea – it was, Peggy McColl, a goal oriented guru and fabulous visionary.

Here’s the idea…as of September 22, there are only 100 days remaining in 2008. How are you going to challenge yourself to achieve 1, 2, 3, or even 10 goals in the next 100 days? You have about 2 weeks to think about it.

In my opinion, you must first, write down each goal to get them into your consciousness. Review the goals several times each day (especially before falling asleep at night) to refresh the specifics of each goal in your mind. Next, visualize the achievement of these goals in detail. While it is easy to get side-tracked with day-to-day living, it is extremely important to focus on your goals. As a colleague of mine says, “throw it out to the universe” and see what happens. What can you lose?

What will you strive for in the last 100 days of 2008?

Best to you,

Jan

EVA – Electronic Virtual Assistant

http://www.eva-colo.com

Can you believe it? 2008 is just around the corner. Here are a few suggestions to think about and, hopefully, inspire you!

When is the last time you…

~ updated your website? Fresh content is a fabulous thing and keeps viewers coming back to find out what’s new!

~ reviewed / revised your marketing database? Is it categorized?

~ infused your marketing plan with fresh ideas? For a different angle, look at it from the inside out.

~ posted to your blog? As a VA, I assist my clients by reminding them it is time for a new posting to their blog(s).

Hope you are inspired to take a look at your planning efforts for 2008. If you’d like more ideas or assistance, feel free to contact me.

Best to you,

Jan

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming!

The approach of the holidays can push some people into super-stress-mode. I’m hoping to provide a few tips to make your life a bit easier. I think a key component to tackling this or any project is organization – something I learned during my days in the corporate world of operational and strategic planning while having several projects to manage at one time.

While a formal plan seems a bit much for most folks, breaking down tasks on lists can be very helpful. I actually use spreadsheets to plan gift buying, party planning, etc. and I use them year-round. When using a spreadsheet, you can track and budget for the occasion at hand. I build a timeline to schedule shopping, sewing, baking, writing out/mailing cards, etc. Although making and baking gifts are a bit tedious, these items are truly made with love specifically for that person on my list. (Last Christmas, I sewed all of my Christmas cards for family members!)

My gift spreadsheets are for 1) friends and family, and 2) clients. Family members “wish lists” are modified and maintained throughout the year (plus I ask what they’d like for an upcoming occasion). These items are saved for this or future occasions. Both spreadsheets detail who received what items and/or what card for past occasions … a history per se. I’d hate to give the same client homemade brownies 2 years in a row.

I use an event planning and party planning spreadsheet as more of a guide to make sure that all details are addressed and nothing is forgotten. I use a fill-in-the-blank format, add the details for the event, add in my budget, and go.

Hopefully, you will find building lists or even spreadsheets to organize your holiday season lessens your stress and makes the process of gift giving easier.

Happy Stress-free Holidays!