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2018 is your year to be organised

Jan 6, 2018 0 comments

Welcome to 2018! Do you keep telling yourself to be more organised and want life to be more functional? Then 2018 is the year and we are here to help!!!

Here are a few tips to get you started!!

    1. Sort your emails – File everything from 2017 and start with a new page for 2018. Deal with your emails everyday. I can chat with you about different ways that work for different people on keeping on top of your emails (I would like this go out as a linkedin topic in January but I need to work on it first)
    2. Put waste bins in every room of the house.
    3. If you’re storing kids clothes as hand me downs, mark the boxes with sizes
    4. Throw out clothes, socks, underwear as soon as you see a hole in it.
    5. Give the kids an alarm clock and make a list for their daily routine.
    6. Use a flowerpot with holder underneath to store your sponges, steel wool and food scrapers near the sink.
    7. Don’t use round storage containers, they are not space efficient.
    8. Pile up the kids mess around the house into one area (including dirty clothes). A couple of times  a week give them a deadline to put away that pile or it will be thrown in the bin.
    9. Leave a shoe box by the front door so the kids can find their shoes easily
    10. Hire a concierge to do those things that you are just not getting on top of.

As well as being organised don’t forget about the Health and Wellbeing of you and your employees. Health and Wellbeing is becoming an increasingly important topic within Australian workplaces. What do you have in place? Did you know the health and wellbeing of your staff can have a positive/negative impact on their engagement and productivity in the workplace.

Stayed tuned for information on this topic.

Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

Cheers,

Lisa

Don’t let December be a stressful month!

Dec 1, 2017 0 comments

Don’t let December be a stressful month, take the time to enjoy the fun things life has on offer even if they are only small. This time of the year is usually pretty crazy as we are all trying to get organised for Christmas and the New Year but don’t forget your local concierge is here to help with all those hard jobs (nothing is too hard for us).

With all this craziness sometimes, we forget to look after ourselves! SO make December your month and do something FUN each day. Here are 25, fun and thoughtful ideas for the month of December.

  1. Buy a wine advent calendar to get you through the next 24 days. Check out these Christmas Piccolo packs from De Bortoli
  2. Clear out the pantry and donate any unwanted items to a charity
  3. Clean out the kid’s rooms in preparation for all the new stuff. Also ask the kids to donate some unwanted items to charity
  4. Do that last odd job
  5. Coloring in, a great way to relax and clear your mind
  6. Put the Christmas decorations up in your pyjamas
  7. Make a video of your family singing Christmas carols and post this onto YouTube. A fun and innovative way to send your Christmas card to friends and family
  8. Have a slumber party under the Christmas tree and watch Christmas movies
  9. Use your Christmas crockery and glassware
  10. Have a family Christmas story night
  11. Make a family video, listing the best things each person did this year 
  12. Make eggnog Jamie Olivers recipe
  13. Roast marshmallows over the bbq or outdoor fire pit
  14. Make fondue with chocolate and fruit
  15. Lay on the trampoline and look at the stars
  16. Buy some Christmas morning pyjamas
  17. Make paper snowflakes and hang them around the house
  18. Meet Santa and have the Christmas photos taken – Great gift idea
  19. Make these delicious cinnamon spiced hot chocolate cookies
  20. Go out for hot chocolate
  21. Get a Christmas morning “kit” ready eg. Batteries, Allen Key, screwdriver, gas etc
  22. Buy your fur child a Christmas treat or fun toy
  23. Get a festive manicure
  24. Spend an afternoon in the CBD without intent to buy anything. Enjoy the Christmas spirit
  25. Get to one Christmas carols event
  26. Get the kids to make Christmas cards for close family and friends
  27. Buy a gift for someone that you wouldn’t normally give a gift to
  28. Perform a random act of kindness
  29. Day dream your next holiday (we can help you organise)
  30. Head to the beach and feel the sand between your toes
  31. Try a local product that you haven’t tried before eg craft beer, wine tasting or cheese

Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

Contact us today HERE

Don’t let December be a stressful month!

Nov 30, 2017 0 comments

Don’t let December be a stressful month, take the time to enjoy the fun things life has on offer even if they are only small. This time of the year is usually pretty crazy as we are all trying to get organised for Christmas and the New Year but don’t forget your local concierge is here to help with all those hard jobs (nothing is too hard for us).

Let us help with your Christmas/End of Year functions, organise Christmas gifts (did you know we can buy in bulk which in turn can save you money!), arrange school holiday placements or even obtain and book flights and accommodation plus find pet sitting services. Its not too late but don’t leave it too the last minute.

With all this craziness sometimes, we forget to look after ourselves! SO make December your month to do something FUN each day. Here is 24+ fun and thoughtful ideas for the month of December.

  1. Buy two boxes of wine to get you through the next 24 days (Tassie wine of course!)
  2. Make a video of your family singing Christmas carols and post this onto YouTube. A fun and innovative way to send your Christmas card to friends and family
  3. Put the Christmas decorations up in your pyjamas
  4. Clear out the pantry and donate any unwanted items to a charity
  5. Clean out the kid’s rooms in preparation for all the new stuff. Also ask the kids to donate some unwanted items to charity
  6. Do that last odd job
  7. Colouring in, a great way to relax and clear your mind
  8. Have a slumber party under the Christmas tree and watch Christmas movies
  9. Use your Christmas crockery and glassware
  10. Have a family Christmas story night
  11. Make a family video, listing the best things each person did this year
  12. Make eggnog Jamie Olivers recipe
    13. Roast marshmallows over the bbq or outdoor fire pit
    14. Make fondue with chocolate and fruit
    15. Lay on the trampoline and look at the stars
    16. Buy some Christmas morning pyjamas
    17. Make paper snowflakes and hang them around the house
    18. Meet Santa and have the Christmas photos taken – Great gift idea
    19. Make these delicious cinnamon spiced hot chocolate cookies
    20. Go out for hot chocolate
    21. Get a Christmas morning “kit” ready eg. Batteries, Allen Key, screwdriver, gas etc
    22. Buy your fur child a Christmas treat or fun toy
    23. Get a festive manicure
    24. Spend an afternoon in the CBD without intent to buy anything. Enjoy the Christmas spirit.
    25. Get to one Christmas carols event
    Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.
    Cheers,Lisa

Is your business prepared for the holiday season?

Oct 31, 2017 0 comments

Is your business prepared for the holiday season?

As the holiday season fast approaches, many small businesses become increasingly busy or may even wind down their activity. So, it can be a stressful time of year for both employers and employees due to high expenses, family responsibilities plus an increase in workload before the year finishes. Bringing a little Christmas cheer to the workplace is a great way to help improve morale, maintain productivity, and make that little extra money.

Did you know we can help relieve some of that stress? There are many ways your local concierge can assist…

  • Help organise Christmas/End of Year functions
  • Organise Christmas gifts. Did you know we can buy in bulk which in turn can save you money!
  • Arrange school holiday placements
  • Obtain and book flights and accommodation, even find pet sitting services.
  • Plus much more

A Christmas function or even a day out of the office is often looked forward to with much anticipation amongst staff. Group activities are good for fostering team spirit and promoting a sense of belonging and achievement to help celebrate everything your business has achieved in the year.

What do you have planned? Nothing? Then let us help. We can do the planning, booking and follow up for you working within your budget. There are so many options… think go-karts, laser tag, mini golf, barbecue, fancy dinner, paintball, wine tour… the list can go on.

How about gifts for you staff and/or key clients? A nice bottle of Tasmanian wine, a beautiful Tasmanian produce hamper or even better; reward them by buying them a gift of a concierge (yes me!). For $100 we can offer one weeks concierge services as a gift voucher. (conditions apply)

Don’t leave it too late! We are here to help you achieve that work/life balance you have dreamed about.

Contact us today HERE.

Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

Cheers,

Lisa

R U OK?

Oct 4, 2017 0 comments

R U OK? is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with friends, work mates and loved ones could save lives. The charity also aims to help reduce the stigma around mental illness and suicide, as well as increase the likelihood that people will access professional support as soon as it’s needed.

Got a niggling feeling that someone you work with it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. Start the conversation.

Did you know?

  • About 8 people take their own lives every day in Australia
  • 65,000 people attempt suicide each year
  • Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians under 44 years
  • Men account for around 75 per cent of all suicide deaths

How to ask

R U OK? Is a conversation that can happen any day of the week, all year round. Life’s struggles don’t clock off when we clock on at work. Looking after employees and colleagues who might be doing it tough profits everyone, reduce absenteeism, higher engagement and increase productivity. So, help workmates chat about things that might be pulling them down.

Need help in your business in developing ideas and implementing a better Health and Wellbeing workplace culture? Then contact your local concierge today. It could be as simple as making a coffee for a work mate or a staff event such as a sausage sizzle or a team building exercise, starting off that initial conversation. A staff event can build up a sense of camaraderie and rapport between your staff, so they can get to know each other a bit better.

It doesn’t take grand gestures to promote a culture of health and wellbeing; simple activities can produce significant benefits for you and your employees. With small changes, you can effectively transition your business into a happy and profitable workplace.

October 10 is mental health day. Make sure you’ve got plans in place to address this in your workplace.

Contact me today to see how I can assist. CONTACT

For more information please visit the R U OK? Website HERE

Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

Bootcamp for Administration extended to the end of September

Aug 30, 2017 0 comments

Last month I offered Bootcamp for Administration, an opportunity to develop strategies and procedures to declutter your life and maintain your new improved direction! With such an exciting offer I have decided to extend this service for the month of September, so don’t worry if you think you missed out, there is still plenty of time to declutter your life.

Bootcamp for Administration is a 1 hour session delivered either in person, over the phone or via Skype where we discuss your needs. I will prepare a report with strategies to address the problems discussed, designed to be implemented within one month. At the conclusion of the month we meet again to discuss and analyse your progress to ensure you are accountable and successful. Please see video below for more information.

 

If you could do with some Bootcamp for Administration get in touch here.

Administration Bootcamp

Aug 3, 2017 0 comments

Administration Boot camp (Check out the video)

Recently, a good friend of mine asked for some tips on how to declutter her hectic life, she was struggling to get on top of some niggling tasks that she had been putting off for over two years! In my April newsletter and blog I shared the stress that clutter causes in your life and I think we can ALL relate to how quickly it can get out of control and become a much bigger issue.. think wrinkles, moodiness, anxiety and losing touch with the things that matter most to you. I ain’t got time for that and finally my friend realised she no longer had time for that either! I was able to help a friend get a handle on the things that were stressing her the most. In a short space of time we were able to:

  • Clear her email inbox
  • Organise 2 years worth of tax receipts
  • Develop administration procedures
  • Reconcile Xero
  • Create a business plan

Helping my friend declutter and get back to her true, carefree self inspired me to offer this service to my clients – I am excited to offer you Administration Boot camp (I promise it’s not the kind that will have you crawling through the mud and walking around in pain for the next week).  Throughout August I am offering Admin Boot camp designed to develop strategies and procedures to declutter your life and maintain your new improved direction. Admin Boot camp is a 1 hour session in person, over the phone or via Skype where we discuss your needs. I will prepare a report with strategies to address the problems discussed, designed to be implemented within one month. At the conclusion of the month we meet again to discuss and analyse your progress to ensure you are accountable and successful.  If you could do with some Admin Boot camp click here for more details.  Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

Cheers,

Lisa

Reduce your employees stress levels now

Jul 6, 2017 0 comments

Local news… You’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. But… Recently an article caught my eye. Here was the title ‘$73 million compo bill for one year of public service mental stress‘.

I thought to myself, really? $73 million bucks? I’ve got to read further. Here is the basics of the story;

  • Public servants cost $20m and 56000 work days over the past 3 years.
  • 565 claims for mental illness were mostly for stress.
  • Teachers were at the top of this list, then midwives and nurses, then health and welfare support workers, defence, fire and police officers and clerical support workers.
  • Beyond Blue estimates 21% of Australians miss work each year due to stress.
  • Nick Arvanitis said “It’s the general day to day pressures of workload and time demands and limited resources that seem to be the biggest factor in those reported stress claim”.
  • Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces almost $11billion each year in absenteeism, low productivity and compensation.

Wow… That is a freakin’ lot of statistics which when you nut it down say this… Stress is something that impacts everyone, at home and at work.

So how can you reduce your stress and the stress of your employees at home and work? Simple, employ a concierge. Someone who can take care of the stress load, providing you with a more relaxed and more productive team. What could that look like for you? Click here to find out.

Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

Cheers,

Lisa

Whose responsibility is your health and wellbeing?

May 31, 2017 0 comments

Something has been niggling on my mind recently, I’m not sure if it is just me who thinks this… So I am going to give it a whirl explaining and then (fingers crossed) I won’t be the only one thinking this.

We go to work… a lot. In Australia we average 40.6 hours per week… That’s nearly half of our waking hours a week. So, when we go to work, who’s responsibility is it to look after our health and wellbeing? BIG question I know… Hear me out.

This is who I think should be responsible for our health and wellbeing while at work;

  1. You – Yep, we’ve got to take some responsibility here. You choose what you eat, drink, sleep etc. But, sometimes when work pressures get so much even these things can be hard. So that brings me to my next point.
  2. Your Employer – At what point does your employer play a role in looking after their employees wellbeing? This has been my niggle on my mind… Is this really the focus of your employer? I hope you can answer yes… Something like… ‘Yes, my employer implements a health and wellbeing program that is brilliant… It helps me whip into shape so I can be the most productive employee at work’. I’ve got a feeling this isn’t how you may answer though… Hmmm, read on for my solution.

My solution… If you are an employer, ask yourself what would have helped you when you were an employee? Could a health and wellbeing program be just what you need? If you could use a hand to implement a health and wellbeing program and you just don’t know where to start, please get in touch. One point I would like to make is to remember it is impossible for your employees to “leave their problems at the door”. Why not help your employees to take care of those problems, so that when they walk out of that door, they feel relief.

If you are an employee, ask yourself what steps can you take to make sure your health and wellbeing is as good as it can be all the time. I found this little gem recently called Kanban If you’re stress levels are a little high, take a look at trying this approach and if there is anything on that to do list that can be outsourced, make sure you contact Life Balance Essentials. Look to the right of your screen now. Where it says “contact me” – that’s a good starting point.

Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

Cheers,

Lisa

Time… To look after YOU!

May 2, 2017 0 comments

Ten bucks says this is how you recently answered the following question…

Q: How are you?

A: Busy.

I’m right aren’t I? A-ha. So answer this questions for me (honestly!). How long are you going to put up with answering this question with ‘busy’ for? My suggestion… You’ve already waited too long.

Your time is so blimmin’ important… Like so important. You can make more money, you can make more dinner, you can even make cake! But you can’t make more time. It’s precious and unfortunately in our society, we undervalue it.

So, right now is the moment where you need to start putting more of a focus on your time so you’ve got more of it, and less of that never ending ‘busy-ness’ in your life. Here’s how…

  • Prioritise You – Yep, without you having the mental space to operate at your best, you ain’t going to be able to bring your A-game to business. Try making ‘you’ time in your diary (and stick to it!).
  • Delegate – Delegate the finer tasks. Think… buying birthday presents, Mother’s Day presents, booking flights, booking accommodation, cleaning out your inbox, scheduling appointments… Do you need to be in change of these tasks? Nope. Take a look here of 2 examples where I recently saved a client time and money!

Telstra, yep that’s right. I have a regular client who asked me to enquire about some rather large charges that occurred on their account after an overseas holiday. After some “discussions” with Telstra we agreed that these charges would be reversed and on further investigation I found some monthly charges that were not required. In one phone call I was able to have a $185 charge reversed and then also saved this client an ongoing $45 per month.

Another example (I have many more if you want to hear about them) of money saved, was for a client that had received a quote from a travel agent for nearly $9000 for 7 nights in Bali. After spending some time researching different options I was able to put together a package that included, 9 nights in Bali and 2 nights in Singapore for $6000. Being able to spend a little bit of time doing the research saved this client $2500.

If you would like us to see how we can save you money and more importantly time, just click on the email me link.

Now… Next time someone asks you ‘how are you?’, take moment to reflect, do you still need to answer with busy? I hope not.

Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

 

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