January and the start of the New Year typically includes reflection on what we want out of the year ahead, as well as behaviour and habits we would like to change. Our lives are packed to the rafters with stuff we have to do. To help you to commit to the goals you want to achieve in 2017 and put your time into activities that will help you accomplish them, we present the following resources and tips.
Sitting is bad. Moving is good. I know this, but spend an unmentionable number of hours (I’ll never tell) every day sitting at my laptop working. Many of us do. My simple resolution this year is to commit to a small amount of exercise each day, something that I will be sure to do because it is ridiculously achievable. A swim, a walk around the block or to the park. Day 6. So far, so good.
We are also cutting down on takeaway meals. A maximum of 2 per week is the limit, whether it is a lunch or dinner. Good for our health, but also our wealth.
Sleeping well is critical for tip top physical and mental function. 8 hours people. Don’t skimp. Turn off Netflix.
What is the one thing that you could change that would impact your health for the better? If you lack motivation, a personal trainer may be the best investment you ever make.
Great Health Guide is a brilliant online magazine for women. Their ethos is not about perfect body image, flaws or insecurities. Instead they offer holistic advice from accredited health specialists across a range of topics including mindset, fitness, nutrition, leadership, parenting and relationships.
We all know that feeling where some new trainers or active wear to replace our worn out, ratty ones, is the necessary motivation to give our confidence a kick along while we exercise. You’ll be pleased to hear that Lorna Jane, Running Bare, Bonds, Adidas, Country Road, Reebok, and New Balance are all Femeconomy approved active wear brands, and it’s sale time so you can catch a bargain.
Are you considering asking for a pay rise, perhaps changing jobs or seeking a promotion? Do you want work that offers more flexibility? Diverse City Careers only advertise jobs with Australia’s best employers for women. They exclude employers who do not meet their rigorous standards. They also accredit employers who meet their guidelines for workplace flexibility with a Flex Able certification.
You receive a free Personal Branding Guide and Workbook when you set up a job alert with them, and they offer a lot of tips on job applications, interviews and career development.
Financy, is an online money magazine for women. Financy offers excellent advice on investing, superannuation, saving and cash management. It’s newsy, practical and a useful reminder to keep you on track with your financial goals.
Is it time to think about remortgaging your home? You can save untold amounts in interest payments over the course of your loan. Femeconomy approved financial institutions include CBA, ANZ, Suncorp, BankWest, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank and Macquarie.
There have been articles floating around recently on habits of the world’s most successful people, and the 5 hour rule, namely that they spend an hour a day, or 5 hours a week on activities defined as learning or ‘deliberate practise’. This could include reading, reflection and experimentation. Apparently Oprah, Bill (Gates) and Warren (Buffet) are all into it. Worth a try right? If reading isn’t your thing, consider digesting the latest gems of leadership and life research via audiobook or podcast.
Give back. Volunteer your time, sponsor a child, donate to some worthy causes, offer to run a stall at the school fete or deliver meals on wheels a day a month. Connection to others and community enriches our lives. You never know what fabulous people you may meet.
Women’s Agenda is our go-to online publication for career minded women, offering political, leadership, gender equality and news commentary. It’s written by a tight knit cohort of intelligent, fabulous women, and lead by the inspirational Angela Priestley. You’ll be informed, inspired and a bit wiser.
Invest in yourself. Along with the maxim to have self belief, to prosper in your life and career you must continue to learn and develop professionally and personally. Is it time to consider further education? Perhaps a short-course on the latest technology in your field? If your employer offers subsidised study or training, apply to be considered! Instead you may like to do a course devoted to your favourite hobby or past-time? What new insights would motivate you this year?
New Healthy, Wealthy and Wise categories on Femeconomy
At Femeconomy we want all women to be Healthy, Wealthy and Wise and prioritise themselves. We have just launched our Professional Services and Health & Wellbeing categories, so if you’re using services that should be listed on Femeconomy, let your favourite businesses know.
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