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As a working mum, I’m all too familiar with the relentless demands that each day can bring and the seemingly fewer hours we have in which to meet them. As life continues to speed up, the number of items on my to-do list always seems to increase. Is it any wonder I find myself gravitating to podcasts like 'The Minimalists', or that I’ve become obsessed with watching 'Tiny Houses' and dreaming about a simpler life? I’ve come to realise that those life areas where I focus my energies tend to prosper and flourish. However, if I spread myself too thinly, aspects of my life wither like flowers without sun and water. In order to ensure you achieve the level of fulfilment that you want and deserve, follow these simple strategies: 1) WRITE DOWN ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY AND THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO EACH DAY Think fresh flowers, a glass of bubbles, time with the kids, yoga, a great book or your phone switched off…whatever allows you to recharge and come back into balance so you can be a positive influence on those around you. 2) WRITE DOWN ALL THE THINGS YOU CURRENTLY DO IN A DAY Such as eat, sleep, work, respond to emails, chores, work out, etc. Normally these are things that 'must' be done and not necessarily things we 'want' to do. We tend to ensure our 'musts' are done, yet put our 'wants' on-hold repeatedly. 3) ADJUST YOUR LISTS ACCORDINGLY

Approach it like a game and see how many items on the first list above

can be moved onto the second list. If you focus on the things you know will have a positive impact on your long-term happiness, health and wellbeing, then it’s inevitable your life will begin to reflect more of those wonderful moments and experiences — you will reap the benefits of a happy household and content family life. By consciously analysing the things you do each day, you can begin to eliminate the unrewarding activities that consume too much of your time; for example, checking emails constantly throughout the day. Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4 Hour Workweek”, suggests checking them no more than twice per day. (He apparently has it down to once per week, but I am a long way off that!) You have to be in a place of genuinely wanting 2017 to be different FOR YOU in order for it to be so. As Robin Sharma famously said, “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” Make sure you put a plan in place by using a tool such as a vision board. If you can clearly see what you want your life to look like, it’s much easier to make empowered decisions and plan your day to ensure you’re moving closer to achieving that vision. Good luck and enjoy this very personal journey of discovery for 2017! m

Jodie Hedley-Ward, McGrath Estate Agents Caloundra Highly experienced, award winning real estate agent Jodie Hedley-Ward leads the team alongside her husband David. Long before real estate, Jodie enjoyed a career in marketing and communications and can even boast to be a best selling author with three titles to her name. Jodie juggles real estate sales, mentoring her team and being a mum to her two children Lili and Josh and is renowned for her relentless positivity and focus on leaving an uplifting energy signature at all times.

“The difference between a good and great price is never one thing, it’s everything.” John McGrath

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