Sunday, 26 April 2015

How to make the most of your time


Rich or poor, the one thing none of us can get more of is time.  Every day each and every one of us is given 24 hours in which to do everything we need to.  Some are masters of time and achieve huge amounts while others fail miserably and do nothing.  Why is this?  For me, there is one thing that makes a world of difference.


It all boils down to planning ahead.  What does Jim Rohn mean by ‘don’t start your day until you’ve finished it’?  Well, before the day even starts, you need to decide the day before what you want to achieve the following day and how you plan to do so.  I don’t know about you, but waking up in the morning knowing fully what I need to do keeps me focused and on purpose.  On the other hand, waking up without the foggiest idea of what you’re going to be doing that day leaves you completely out of control and all you land up doing is reacting to everything that’s thrown at you that day. Another Jim Rohn quote springs to mind (I love his quotes):

‘Either you run your day or your day runs you.’ 

And how true is that?

Using this simple philosophy of ‘not starting your day until you finish it’ will work wonders.  And the same principle applies to your week, your month, your year and beyond.

You don’t have to spend two hours planning.  Even five minutes will do if that’s all you’ve got.  If I’m really pressed for time, I’ll scribble stuff down on a post it note or in my notebook as thoughts pop into my mind during the day.  At the end of the day I’ll have a look at it, prioritise actions and go to sleep knowing what needs to be done the following day. 

For me, this is a major key to making good use of my time.


Do you plan your day in advance or do you go with the flow?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam

So last week I walked in from a particularly tough day in the office, put my handbag down and announced I was going to make scones.  See, I always intend to make scones and all sorts of other treats in the oven, but never actually get round to it, usually because I’m too busy doing other things.  But last week I decided this is it, I’m doing it!

It didn’t take me very long either surprisingly!  And the scones were edible too!  Here in England, afternoon tea is standard, and there are lots of lovely quaint tea shops offering mouth watering afternoon teas.  I plan to visit lots of them this summer!


Here’s my recipe for scones, it’s from Marks & Spencer’s Baking Day which is filled with lots of great baking recipes:

SCONES (makes 10-12)

Ingredients

450g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
55g butter
2 tbs castor sugar
250ml milk, plus extra for glazing
Strawberry jam and clotted cream to serve J

Method

1.      Preheat oven to 220°C/ 425°F/ Gas mark 7
2.      Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in butter until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar. Make a well in centre and pour in the milk. Stir in using palette knife and bring together to make a soft dough.
3.      Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and lightly flatten the dough until it’s of an even thickness, about 1cm/ ½ inch. Don’t be heavy handed; scones need a light touch.
4.      Cut out the scones using a 6cm 2 ½ inch pastry cutter and place on a baking tray.
5.      Glaze with a little milk and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 mins, until golden and well risen. Cool on a wire rack and serve freshly baked with strawberry jam and clotted cream.


 When my husband came home I think he thought I’d lost the plot and asked if I was ok.  I literally haven’t made scones in YEARS – I won’t say how many!  They looked slightly unscone-like though – probably because I discovered halfway through that I don’t have a pastry cutter and used a glass instead to cut the rounds and this gave the edges a very smooth shape as opposed to the usual rough-ish shape – well I think that might be why!  So I’ll be pastry cutter shopping this week J  I am a huge sucker for clotted cream and so is my daughter so this was a right treat for us!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Weekly Wishes: Blog link up 20/4


The last couple of months have literally shot past for me and I even felt like I was heading for burnout which prompted my latest post 5 Ways to Prevent Burnout.  As a result my blog was rather lonely and neglected for a while but I intend to change all that now!

Weekly Wishes is a blog link up I love taking part in as I love setting goals for the week and reviewing previous goals.

I didn’t take part in Weekly Wishes last week because I was so busy chasing my tail so I’ll simply go straight into my goals for this week:

THIS WEEK’S GOALS

1.      Finish reading Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles – this is a classic personal development book and there’s some really good principles in here I’d like to implement in my own life.

2.      Order #girlboss – I’ve heard so much about this book, I’m really intrigued and want to read it now!  Has anyone read it?

3.      Finish painting our fence.  Despite painting it an autumn gold type colour last year, I suddenly woke up and decided it would look good in forest green – so I started painting it over the weekend and plan to finish this week while the sun’s still around!  Pics to follow!

4.      This one’s a biggie – wake up an hour earlier every day.  This would be perfect for me as I’d be able to do something for an hour before leaving for work.  I operate best first thing in the morning, so this would help me immensely.  Probably means I should sleep an hour earlier too though?

5.      Read every day.  I’ve not read that many books this year so really want to get back into the swing of it.  So much to read, so little time!

6.      Exercise.  It’s been a while and I’m also creeping back into naughty eating habits as a result, time to get back on the bandwagon!


What are your goals for this week?