5 Behavior Changes to Manage Time & Stress

5 Behavior Changes to Manage Time & Stress 
(adapted from Modesto Bee article 5-11-10 by Cindy Krischer Goodman, Miami Herald)

1) Schedule a 2 p.m. check-In:Instead of waiting until the end of the day to check your “to-do” list, check it at 2 p.m. This afternoon review allows you to appreciate what you’ve accomplished and stay conscious of what still remains so you can get out of the office by 5 p.m.

2) Make a "Not-to-Do" List: For example, if you’re constantly checking emails, decide not to do so and schedule emails times 3x a day. My husband, Dave, answers his at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. That’s it. Emails turn into “shiny objects and are potentially huge TIME WASTERS.

3) Live in your Calendar: "People spend their entire days tethered to their inboxes and loses sight of what they’re supposed to be doing," said Dan Markovitz, president of TimeBack Management. He recommends changing the setting of your software program so the calendar opens first rather than the email box. Staying aware of your calendar throughout the day allows you to focus on the details of projects, but keep the big picture in mind.

4) Know the Outcome: Before you make a phone call or go into a meeting, know the desired outcome. I learned this from my first business Coach Kendall Summerhawk. If you take a minute to think about what your desired outcome is for a phone call, for example, to get an appointment, or to close the sale, it not only will produce better results, but help you maintain your energy. Energy like time, is a precious resource.

5) Get the Hardest Task Done First: Stuart R. Levine, author of "Cut to the Chase," recommends identifying the most important thing you want to get done each day and doing it first. My very well organized Aunt Phyllis used to say get the hardest thing done first – everything’s easier after that. Follow the message that works for you because the point is pretty much the same.



Intrinsic Elements 
1214 “J” Street (between 12th & 13th) Modesto, CA

I’m really excited to spotlight Susie Fagundes & Michelle Van Artsdalen’s new Modesto store, Intrinsic Elements. This is a classy gift store with a holistic slant. There is plenty of “bling” including bracelets, necklaces, darling blouses for grown-ups and little girls, as well as stones, cards and artwork. Just go and have fun experiencing. There’s also a good size conference room that can be rented for classes.

Here are Susie’s words to describe their vision about Intrinsic Elements:

"For the past fifteen years my daughter-in-law Michelle and I have talked about opening a retail gift store with an holistic theme. About two years ago, a good friend of ours started to ask what action we had taken to make the store a reality. We started visualizing what the store would look like, asking how it would serve the Greater Good. In December 2010 the perfect location presented itself and the dream of our store became Intrinsic Elements."

On-Going In-Person Groups:


Are You Feeling Scattered, Distracted, Stressed or Stuck These Days?

Are You Having Difficulty in Any of the Following Areas?

* Moving forward
* Staying present
* Going with the flow
* Getting started
* Finishing things
* Letting GO?

In Case You Haven't Noticed, I recently Created a monthly group I call:

The Movement Psychology Group

This is a body-oriented approach to self awareness, healing and choice because I've found that as we move differently, we become different and as we become different, those issues and stressors in our life simply start to fade away.

Please join me for this month's seminar onSaturday, May 22nd in Turlock, it's only $25.00 per person.

Here's what you will learn in this session:

* Experience how the elements of life (bold to here)- fire, ground air and water - are metaphors or what's happening and NOT happening in your life.

* Learn what your specific comfort zones are and "growing edge" is so you can make decisions and choose differently.

* Experience that as you MOVE differently, you are different and life around you responds in new, exciting ways.

* Connect with a group of like-minded people in the spirit of FUN and exploration

To Register, all you need to do is call Gaylene at (209) 604-5413. Sorry there are no on line registrations available for these sessions.

When: Saturday May 22nd, 2010 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: 533 Crane Ave. Turlock CA (The Spiritual Church of Turlock)

Investment: $25.00 each session


Women in Action: Spa Networking Mixer





Non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, promote and educate local professional women in business. The annual conference is designed to help local women build leadership skills, expand networking opportunities and grow successful businesses. www.wswia.org

Come relax, enjoy, network and have FUN. There will be shoulder & foot massages, beauty treatments and networking galore!

Thursday June 24th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Turlock (location TBA)
$10.00 Donation (Proceeds go to Women’s Scholarship Fund)

Bring raffle gift of your product to promote your business
(Mark your calendar for Oct. 1, 2010 – Annual Conference Date)

F.R.E.E. Do you find it difficult to remember to TAKE CARE of Yourself? Register for 7 ½ Tips to Turn Stress into JOY and you’ll receive a new 3-4 minute audio tip every couple days to remind not only WHY self-care is so essential to happiness and productivity – but HOW to do so.


I promise never to give, rent or sell your contact information.

Mid-Life Divas

This monthly seminar is for you if you’re:

  • Tired but wanting to feel energized, joyful & alive
  • Running so fast, it’s hard to catch your breath
  • Stressed and searching for alternatives
  • Experiencing physical symptoms related to mid-life such as fatigue, weight gain, anxiety/depression, memory changes
  • Stuck & wondering how to re-gain a sense of purpose

Seminar includes an assessment of health, wealth, happiness & purpose.

Lynn will share traditional & body-mind strategies in the spirit of fun, exploration and growth.

Next Date: June 2, 2010 (next date is July 7)

New location: 4037 Mountain View Dr. Hughson 95326 phone: 492-8745/505-2675

Fee: $25.00

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Register: Call (209) 492-8745 or (209) 505-2675


Personal Note

My husband Dave and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this Saturday with what he keeps calling a "wedding" and I a "party." We met 34 years ago. He won me over then and he’s still winning me over. I feel so lucky to have Dave as my partner, friend and lover and to still feel mushy when I think about him. The picture was taken in La Paz, Mexico (north of Puerto Vallarta) We were quite RELAXED and happy. We make it a point to take at least one two week vacation each year. This year we’re going back to Mexico in September. What we both know is that having a good relationship is like anything worthwhile, it takes work. And, it’s worth the effort.