Life Hacks: The magic of daily gratitude for greater success -Part 1

By, Kathy Shabotynskyj & Nafije Prishtina
We wake up each day fresh and ready to go. We call our prayers and intentions out to the universe and plan our days based on our goals. Then, we go through the day accomplishing our goals, crossing off the tasks completed and celebrate our progress. In the process, we make sure to nurture our body with exercise, food and hydration. And then, of course, we step back and take the time to reflect and count our blessings.
This way of living is wonderful and when we live life gracefully like this, we are living life to the fullest. However, it seems that the busier we become, the more we turn our thoughts to what more we need and what more we need to do.  Sometimes we just don’t take the time to be grateful for what we have.
Creating the habits of gratitude is very important. I believe incorporating time for self- reflection is the most important aspect of self-management and life success. When we take time to reflect, we operate with a mindset of…

Saying No Gracefully ~ By Co-Coach Kathryn DeSouchet

I said no What happened When I said No
The sky Did not fall The earth Did not rumble
I said no What happened When I said  No
My friend Said ok Another said I'm sorry
The sky  Did not fall The earth Did not rumble
I said no What happened

Life Hack: Social Accountability-How a Coach Can Catapult Your Success– Part 4

By, Kathy Shabotynskyj & Nafije Prishtina
The most important aspect of the 4S Time Management tool is the social component. 4S suggests that working with a coach is crucial for high level tasks for both event and time-based Prospective Memory.   A coach uses creative strategies to propel your effective self–management, including incentives and rewards resulting in growth and progress. Braver, (2012) suggested one way to motivate individuals is by providing a reward. The reward induces a level of importance and its effectiveness can be varied by the kind of reward, by the amount of reward or by manipulating the attractiveness (or unattractiveness) of the prospective memory task (i.e., the reward is the benefit of remembering the intention and for making progress on daily tasks.) The reward concept is supported by neuropsychological findings; providing a reward increased activation in prefrontal regions which support the control and active maintenance of task-goals and may therefore…

Life Hack: Use Your Memory to Accomplish More Success – Part 3 Intention Detection and Retrieval

By, Kathy Shabotynskyj & Nafije Prishtina
In the previous blogs we reminded you that using a time management system ensures continuous progress toward your goals. Your memory can be enhanced to aid your success by using external cognitive tools such as 4S for achieving your desired success.
Everyone knows it is a priority to care and nurture our own bodies, but do you provide nurturing to your mind too? Our memory energy is limited, and we have to be mindful on how we use our working memory so it doesn’t get clogged with too much info. Our brains, though very powerful, can only hold so much input at a time. Research shows that a healthy adult brain holds about seven tasks at a time. Employing mindful strategies will help maintain focus on our top tasks and top goals and avoid distractions.

Kliegel et. Al (2007) emphasizes the importance of utilizing planning aids such as 4S.  This researcher explains the concept best by saying that ; Individuals are faced with complex situations wher…

Life Hack: Use Your Memory to Accomplish More Success – Part 2

By, Kathy Shabotynskyj & Nafije Prishtina Is your memory helping you achieve more? Are you using external tools to assist your memory? Part 1 of this Life Hack blog – Use Your Memory to Accomplish More Success showed how you can match emotion with your intentions to enhance your productivity. Now we want to further explore and share with you how you can accomplish more of what is important—often by doing less. There are many potentially fruitful prospective memory-based interventions that can help you avoid Memory Failures. Many industries use checklists and follow best-practices to ensure conformity to standard protocol. Utilizing these measures can help improve success by carrying out intended actions: ·         Use calendar alerts from your cell phone or favorite app ·         Minimize any Multitasking endeavors; especially when the task is critical ·         Add a sense of urgency to critical tasks and don’t delay ·         Put visual reminders in key locations ·         Stack the new …

Life Hack: Use Your Memory to Accomplish More Success-Part 1

By, Kathy Shabotynskyj & Nafije Prishtina
Throughout life, as we develop mentally and physically, we continuously strive to meet our social needs while we self-manage to reach our highest potential. Read on to find out how to use your own memory to enhance your productivity. As a bonus, your stress level will go down when you are more organized and productive.
Denny Hamlin, a professional car driver, won his 2nd Daytona 500 race on February 17, 2019 -- an amazing feat. He shared a letter he wrote as a 2nd grader when his wish was to win the Daytona 500 on February 17, 1998. The February 17th was accurate – only a few years off. During an interview the following day he advised youngsters “if you really want to do something, you just have to put your mind to it.” And the part of your mind that will help you achieve your goals is your memory. We all know people in our circle who accomplish so much and wonder, how do they do it all? What helps them accomplish -it-all? Questions like this …

Self-awareness for successful self –management

By, Kathy Shabotynskyj & Nafije Prishtina
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham Maslow
The greatest benefit to being self aware is helping us stay in control of ourselves, our emotions and thoughts. Just like the moon goes through different phases, we go through different life phases as well.  We experience ups and downs and we must stay self-aware and be responsible for self management of our energy and our actions while keeping ourselves centered. One very important attribute to be aware of is learning to identify personally stressful situations and how to respond to them. Self-monitoring is one strategy for increasing awareness such as keeping daily records of personal stressors (internal and external stressors.) Once a person is aware of stress-producing stimulation and responses, the next step is to learn new coping skills such as; 1. Improving diet and increasing exercise. Exercise training appears to increase resistance to stress. 2…