5 Ways to Make the Most of your Diary

‘What gets scheduled gets done” Our Workshops consultant Sue Glasser shares her top tips on using your diary, planner or calendar to take back control of your time.

Did you know that one of the top 3 new year resolutions is to GET MORE ORGANISED?

Using a diary or planner effectively will allow you to take back control of your time and ultimately help you get more organised. Below are a few tips on how to do just that!

  • Let’s start with some questions:

Do you purchase a diary each year and use it for a few weeks and then lose interest?

Do you have a planner and use it as a time keeper only?

Is your to do list turning into a “never get to do” list?

A diary or planner should not only be used to include your current and future appointments, assignments or project deadlines ( a time keeper) but it should also include all the tasks that need to be done in order to prepare for that appointment, assignment or project.

Ever heard the saying “Something you can do anytime – you will do no time? ”

Always set a deadline to achieve a task because WHENEVER will become NEVER.

Are you a list maker? The best way to ensure we get things done is by allocating our TO DO list into our diary or planner.

Remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed by how much you need to get done you will not do anything at all. Break things down into bite sized pieces. Every big job is only a lot of little jobs put together – so tackle them one task at a time.

  • 5 top tips on making the most of your diary or planner

1. What gets scheduled gets done. If you want to do something make sure it has been allocated a time in your calendar.

2. To do lists are just a lot of things you ” might “get to unless each task is scheduled into your diary.

3. Colour coding is your best time management tool. Colour code your “spinning plates” to easily distinguish what needs to be done and when in each area of your life. eg: Work – BLUE, Family – GREEN, Me Time – PINK, Goals – ORANGE

4. Plan, prioritise and schedule your tasks – Decide what needs to be done to achieve a task. This is your action plan. Decide which order they need to be done in and then  make sure each step is allocated into your diary. Break all jobs down into manageable amounts of focused time.

5. Multi tasking is a myth as it means you are doing many things reasonably well. This then makes us feel unaccomplished. Single tasking means you are focusing on one job at a time and completing it. How much better is that?

Feeling inspired to take back control? Discover our 2019 Diaries here.

Introducing our Dream Life Masterclass Series

Dream Life Masterclass

Are you ready to start turning your dreams into reality? Whether you want to get the most out of your personal or family life, career or business, the valuable insights and practical learnings you’ll make from this Dream Life Masterclass may be your most important this year. Attend to be inspired and to learn from the amazing real-life stories and learnings of three women who have deep experience in achieving their dreams – each of them starting from humble beginnings before applying simple practices of dreaming and chasing dreams that we all should be taught at school but aren’t.

What to expect
This masterclass has been designed for people just like you, curious about how you can live a life that matters, and is filled with powerful ideas and simple proven tools – brought to life in inspiring stories you will totally relate to. It will inspire you to transform your wishes into dreams. Kristina will be joined by two keynote speakers – world-renowned ‘Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favourite guest’ Dr. Tererai Trent, and Alisa Camplin, winner of a remarkable Olympic gold medal. Together with Kristina, the speakers will delve into their journeys from the past 10 years and provide inspirational and practical tools and tips for you to make your own dreams a reality.

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Key Takeaways
You will walk away from the event with:

• A page full of your own dreams with three of them prioritised for you to focus on.
• The knowledge and confidence that your dreams are achievable.
• A long list of ideas and actions you can take to achieve those dreams – and clarity on what the most important 7 actions are for you to focus on.
• An achievable one-page roadmap for creating your dream life. A life designed by you for you.
• A heart full of inspiration and a spring in your step. Each attendee will receive a curated kikki.K
• A gift bag with kikki.K Dream Journal, pen and other goodies, plus have an opportunity to meet and have their book signed by Kristina.

Speakers
Kristina Karlsson: Founder and Creative Director of kikki.K
After growing up on a small farm in country Sweden, at the age of 22 she found herself in a new country, with little money and no idea what to do with her life. So what was a girl to do? Imagine what her dream life could look like – and then make it happen. With deep personal experience of the power of dreaming and then doing, Kristina is on a mission to encourage people the world over to create and follow their own dreams.

Dr. Tererai Trent: Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favourite guest
Tererai grew up in rural Zimbabwe. Due to traditional women’s roles and cultural norms, she did not have the opportunity to go to school. Undeterred, she dreamed of an education and determinedly taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks. Despite being married young and having three children by the time she was eighteen, she never lost sight of her dreams. What she went on to achieve is truly remarkable.

Alisa Camplin-Warner: Winner of a remarkable Olympic gold medal
At nineteen years of age, Alisa had never even seen snow let alone clipped into skis. But in that moment, she knew she’d found her sport, and her Olympic dream was ignited. Determined to turn her dream into a reality, Alisa broke down her monumental goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. It was this goal planning that fuelled Alisa’s self-belief and unlocked her dream of becoming an Olympic medallist.

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Introducing Your Dream Life Starts Here with Kristina

Imagine a world where everyone believed in the power of dreaming. Imagine the incredible things we could achieve if we each truly gave ourselves permission to dream big and then chase those dreams.

My personal experience, coming from a very humble background, is that dreaming is so simple, so fundamentally powerful and has been proven through the ages by millions of people as the common starting point for people who transform the future, for themselves and others in big ways and small. I believe that the only reasons people don’t practice dreaming regularly is because they either haven’t been taught or haven’t given themselves permission to dream. I want to change that.

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That’s why I’m so excited to announce the launch of my very first book, Your Dream Life Starts Here. It’s full of powerful ideas and simple tools to help you harness the power of dreaming. I’m hoping to start a global movement to empower #101milliondreamers and I would love for you to join me.

Before I started kikki.K, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I remember waking up my partner Paul at 3am and telling him how much I was craving direction and purpose. He encouraged me to grab a notepad and write down what was important to me. What ended up on that paper was what I now call my 3am List. I didn’t know it at the time, but that night Paul inspired and empowered me to really dream. That was one of the most important moments of my life.

This simple list of my dreams, written on paper led me to start up my own business.  It made me realise that we all have the power to make our dreams come true. Think about it, every single human achievement started out as someone’s dream. That’s why I’m so passionate about helping others to achieve their Dream Life.

I know that we can all make whatever we can dream come true. I’ve experienced firsthand the power of dreaming and know it’s something anyone can do anytime, anywhere. It’s free and the process can be learnt – and it really is a process, or a practice. The more you do it, the better you become. That’s why I’m so excited to let you know that you can be one of the first to get a copy of Your Dream Life Stars Here with our pre-order.

Think about what you could achieve if you truly gave yourself permission to dream big! I hope you join me on this exciting journey, and inspire others to dream big, by sharing 3 dreams of your own with #101milliondreamers. I can’t wait to see what you have to share with the world! Be sure to tag me @kristinakikkik and @kikki.K so I can see them.

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How to Develop our Kids’ Super Powers

Written by Workshop Consultant Kathy Dickson

The moment I held my daughter in my arms for the very first time was a moment of wonder. Time stood still as I held this tiny, precious life in my arms. That was the day I met Asher.

Who was she? What was she like? What would she be good at? What would make her laugh? Who would she become?

One thing I knew for sure, whoever she was, I would nurture and encourage her to find her own superhero powers – powers like compassion and kindness.

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How?

  1. The Power of Choice

From before she could string a sentence together I gave her choices. Pink cup or yellow cup? – ‘lellow’ she would say as she points to the pink cup; no, she didn’t even know her colours yet. Vegemite or peanut butter? Triangles or squares? Plate or bowl? The string of questions was not because these were life altering decisions, but I was intentional about building her ‘decision making muscles’. As she has grown, so have the decisions and so have the payoffs (and sometimes consequences) of the choices she has made. “Asher, can you please stay in the playground where I can see you”. “Asher hun, I need you to stay where I can see you”. “Asher, would you like to stay within the playground and keep playing, or would you like to sit with mummy?” As she left the playground for the third time – “Oh you’ve decided to sit with me”, with tears running down her face at the realisation that she made the wrong choice in wondering off, my heart was heavy. I could have let her keep playing and given her ‘another’ warning, but I chose not to.

  1. The Power of Failing

Which brings me to my next point, allowing our children to fail and empathising when they do. It was tough, but this playground experience deepened our relationship. In the moment of her immediate regret, the questions continued “would you like to sit next to me or on my lap?” “I. Want. A. Cuddle!” she took breaths in between each word. “Sure honey, do you know even mummy makes the wrong decision sometimes?” I embraced her and we didn’t talk for the longest time. Eventually her breathing slowed, she calmed and gently asked “really?” “Really, really”.

I make the wrong decision more frequently than I’d like to admit. But don’t we all? Why are we scared when our kids do? I completely know that feeling of making an absent minded decision – accidentally parking in the wrong spot, forgetting an appointment, missing a key component in an important report for work. In our ‘Own Your Story’ Workshop, we speak about our failings as incredible tools to learn and they’re just as great tools for the little ones in our care – if we let them be. The key is to remind them that they do in fact make great decisions, maybe not this one, but I’m sure just as Asher does, your child makes great decisions all the time. Making space for our kids to fail also teaches them that they are loved regardless of their failings.

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  1. The Power of Affirmations

It may be true, but is it the truth? In the previous scenario, Asher made an absent-minded decision – but the ‘truth’ is that Asher makes great decisions, and that’s one of our affirmations that we speak out daily. At kikki.K we believe in the power of affirmations. When we speak something out loud and hear it with our own ears often enough, our brain re-wires and it becomes our personal truth. There will be plenty of voices who speak into her world (positive and negative) and I won’t always be around to be the gatekeeper, so I’m getting in first. If I told her she was stupid everyday she would find it incredibly hard later on in life to build new neurological pathways in her brain to believe that she is actually smart –  the same is true if I tell her she is smart everyday, if someone foolishly ever called her stupid she would detect a lie. That is why I will always remind her of who she is, even despite the evidence of something different. When she is struggling in a friendship or playtime with other kids, a simple “you are so kind” is like breathing fresh air into her spirit and she comes alive and remembers who she is, “I am kind”. The other reason why affirmations are so powerful is because when we believe something, we start to look for evidence of it.

  1. The Power of Perseverance

Another affirmation we say in our home is “there is always a solution” – because when we believe their is no hope, we stop looking for it. Hope isn’t just a fuzzy feeling inside, it’s the ability to move to plan B when plan A fails, and when plan B fails, to have a look at plan C. Researcher C.R. “Rick” Snyder, a positive psychologist offered a way of looking at hope that went beyond defining hope as a feeling. In her book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown paraphrases Snyder’s approach, saying hope happens when:

– We have the ability to set realistic goals (I know where I want to go).

– We are able to figure out how to achieve those goals, including the ability to stay flexible and develop alternative routes (I know how to get there, I’m persistent and I can tolerate disappointment and try again).

– We believe in ourselves

I am convinced that is why our guests leave our Goals Workshop inspired and filled with hope about their future and creating a life they love. It is hope that allows our kids to develop perseverance, to continue despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

  1. The Power of Belonging

When we belong we don’t need to spend precious energy to try and fit in. In fact you simply can’t have both, they cannot co-exist. You are either changing to fit in or you belong and are enough, exactly as you are. The power of belonging could be an entirely different blog all on its own, however I will attempt to share what this superpower really does. When Asher belongs, she is free to bring her ideas, her failings, her creativity, her doubt, her uniqueness, her quirks, her joy, her disappointment, her hopes, her fears and everything in between to the table. She is able to be known and accepted. When we belong we step into ownership and can be ourselves, rather than fitting in and renting someone else’s ideas, behaviours, and beliefs. What does that really look like? Imagine the inventions that will be dreamed of because kids grow up feeling like they have something to offer their community, workplace, school when they belong! When we belong, we are a part of something and we have a unique part to play. When we extend the invitation to our children, that is when we raise kids who become advocates of social justice, who stand up for what is right and who don’t wait for “someone else” to do it – and that is the greatest superpower of all.

Help your kids discover their superpowers with our newest collection, Superheroes Are Real.