Browse Category: Stress Management

7 Tips to Effectively Manage Your Time and Reduce Stress

StressI’m often asked how I’m able to get so much done in my world. I run multiple businesses, host a daily radio show, have an active social life, a happy marriage, well-adjusted pets, and I make time for self nurturing and travel.

While I currently have an amazing team that supports me in my day-to-day operations, there was a time when I was doing it all by myself and I had to apply these seven tools. Consistently. It wasn’t easy. But I promise you it’s well worth it.

So get started today, pick one and run with it – add a new one next week.

  1. Plan your day and set intentions. Take a few minutes every morning to plan your day. Set intentions for the completion of what you need and want to accomplish.
  2. Set goals. In addition to daily activities, make small steps to reach a larger goal.  You will be amazed at how quickly that goal is accomplished.
  3. Remember that mutli-tasking is not the best option. Take the time you need to do a quality job. When you have too many balls in the air, you can’t be good at everything.
  4. It is OK to say NO.  Consider your goals and schedule before you say yes to more tasks.
  5. Delegate.  Evaluate your to-do list for things you can pass on to others. Sometimes it pays to hire someone to help you.
  6. Keep positive. Thoughts are powerful.
  7. Take care of you. Learn relaxation techniques, take breaks and/or pamper yourself.

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Copyright Kimberly Rinaldi

Be Grateful for the Damn Glass!

Half water glassI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s not about whether the glass is half-full or half-empty, it’s about learning to be grateful for the damn glass!

So what does that mean? It means that whether or not I feel the circumstance is positive or negative I’m grateful for the circumstance.

Does it come automatically? At this point in my life, most times yes.

Was it always this way? Of course not! Like any other practice, I had to practice.

Are there times in my life that I want to flail my arms, stomp my feet, bitching about how “Unfair life truly is!” But do I? A good 99% of the time, I do not. It doesn’t do any good. It’s never been known to change the circumstances.

For that 1% of the time that I do, it’s a very short rant. It only makes my mood worse. It creates an energy that begins a negative downward spiral, and things inevitably start going from bad to worse. Frankly, I don’t like how I feel when I’m caught up in that negative energy (that comes from having consistently practiced being grateful for the circumstances – the damn glass!)

Next time you’re inclined to start thinking about the glass as half empty, remember to be grateful for the glass.

Goals, Gratitude, and Avoiding Holiday Stress!

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Copyright Kimberly Rinaldi

Lessons in Personal Pampering: Body Scrubs

spa backgroundI go to Burke Williams at least once a month, if not twice for a full spa day. There’s usually a bubble bath, some sort of body scrub, perhaps a facial, definitely a massage and time in the sauna and steam room. It’s a little slice of heaven. It’s 4 to 8 hours of blissful personal pampering.

On one of my most recent visits, I had a body scrub – a sugar scrub and she added coffee grounds. It smelled heavenly (of course I craved Krispy Kreme donuts for the rest of the afternoon but that’s beside the point) and the sugar and coffee grounds exfoliated me to a baby bottom softness – the likes of which I had not felt before. And the caffeine in the coffee grounds helped to give my skin a firmer appearance. What’s not to love?

If you decide you’d like to try a scrub at home, here are some basics. Use sugar if you have sensitive skin; salt is more abrasive. Make sure you have a bath mat or towel on the floor of the tub and/or shower so as not to slip.

For the face: 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg mixed with several drops of milk to form a paste. Use it on your nose chin and four head – any areas where you have blackheads or congested pores. Rinse with cool water.

For the body:  3 tablespoons of salt or sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil – add 2 teaspoons of fresh minced herbs/botanicals (basil, mint, chamomile, rose petals, lemon peel or citrus Blossom) or a few drops of essential oils (make sure they’re safe to use topically – lavender, chamomile, lemon or mint). Massage all over, rinse completely.

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Lessons in Success: 3 Keys to Getting Things Done

drawerAs I’m sitting in my office looking around, I can see every horizontal surface. I often tease that my office is looking like an episode of Hoarders, minus the dead cats, but when I make that judgment, other people tell me my office is quite clean and organized. But being a Virgo means I have to have things hyper organized. So being unable to see horizontal surfaces – the tops of my desk, ottoman, credenza, etc. – because things are piled on them is like having something pulling at my attention every moment I’m in the office.

I found three simple steps to help clear the chaos from my mind and my office. Trust me, they’ll work for you too.

1. Do it. Is this something that you can act upon and resolve immediately? Then the energy you’re expending avoiding it can be put to better use. Decide now, do it now. If the thought is you can put it off, then move it into one of the next options.

2. Delegate it. Is your time better served by having someone else do it? If it is, then make it someone else’s task. There is no reason you need to oversee every little aspect of your business or your life. Create folders for the people you will be delegating to; move things into those folders and be done with it.

3. Ditch it. If it didn’t fit in the first two categories, get rid of it. End of statement. And if you can’t bring yourself to ditching it, go back and put it through the criteria of the first two options.

If you apply these three filters to the things that accumulate on your desk and in your office, you’ll find you’ve cleared space and energy for more creative pursuits and, potentially money-making opportunities.

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Lessons in Leisure: Travel Tips

Luggage with travel around the world illustration conceptWhile I have been called a control freak, anal-retentive, obsessive and a few other less-than-complimentary terms, ultimately my travel companions have come to rely upon me. Why? Because I’m the one who packs the travel-sized bottle of Lysol spray.

I also pack things like an eyeglass repair kit, sewing kit, ear plugs, eye mask, pillow spray and snacks. I like having the comforts of home. I like being prepared. I like feeling like I have some control, especially during periods of travel when you often give up so much of your control to others.

Over the years I’ve collected travel tips from other people as well. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Keep toiletries for travel packed at all times
  • Have laminated cards in your suitcase with basic necessities needed for periods of travel up to three days, up to seven days, and 10 or more days
  • Pack a small bag with snacks. When empty you can pack souvenirs or dirty laundry into it.
  • If two or more people are traveling together, pack half of each person’s clothing into both suitcases, that way if a suitcase goes missing each of you has at least half of your wardrobe.
  • Take a small overnight bag with a zippered waterproof compartment and use it for small trips of two or three days. Turn it into your entire toiletry bag for longer trips.
  • Spend at least one day relaxing and taking in the atmosphere of wherever you are.
  • Use Tripit on your iPhone. It stores all of your trip and travel information.
  • Use clear plastic, space saver storage bags. They create more real estate to pack more and keep security from actually touching your stuff if they have to go through your bag.

I’d love to hear some of your travel tips too.

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