Living the dream is published on the 27th of every month by Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching.
by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Time-Saving Tools For Busy Households

Vol 5, Issue 3
27 September 2009

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"All conditions are temporary. Nothing stays the same. Which way a thing changes depends on you."

-Neale Donald Walsch

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10 Ways to Live Fearlessly

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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

This month we've had a few firsts in our household - mainly Holly's. She sprouted her first tooth (with another close behind it, so lots of sleepless nights) and she's now moved out into her own room. Big girl! Jake went to his first Royal Adelaide Show and loved it, especially getting the chance to drive Thomas the Tank Engine and fly a plane.  He's also starting to dress himself, although he's happiest as a nudist. After asking him for the 100th time to put his pants on the other day, he finally ran into the kitchen saying 'Look Mummy! I put my pants on!' Yeah, on his head.

I've posted some of these memorable moments in Jake and Holly's photo galleries. They're growing up fast! We've also just received Holly's Christening photos , so feel free to browse through these too. Holly screamed through the first half of the service (which some say is a good omen) and slept through the rest. It was a wet day too but we did easily squeeze in all our guests at home.

Warm wishes,


Tania Basheer - Publisher
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Feature: 10 Time-Saving Tools for Busy Households

Feature: 10 Time-Saving Tools for Busy Households

Last month we looked at ways to reduce our work hours. Now, let's look at some ways to work smarter, not harder, at home.

One of the gifts I received this year for Mother's Day was Allison Mitchell's book Time Management for Manic Mums (hint, hint!).

Here are 10 tools she suggests to help save time and energy at home. Some of these tools translate well into the workplace too.   

  • The People and Place Planner: Capture what everyone's up to in your household on a large wall planner and hang it up where they can all see it. I really like the Kikki-k Family Calendar at which has room for up to 5 people on it. Students can use this calendar to record school holidays, assignments and exams and it can be used in the workplace to track your team's whereabouts, scheduled annual leave, deadlines, birthdays, work and personal functions, ensuring there are no double bookings!
  • The bite-sized room blitz:  Organise your house one room at a time. Set a deadline for each room and chunk the job down into manageable tasks, e.g. for the kitchen, start with your pantry, then the freezer, the fridge, each cupboard or drawer, etc. Keep going, bit by bit, until it's done. Consider calling in a professional organiser to help you with this. Then, once a room is relatively organised, it becomes possible to keep it that way by giving it ten minutes of attention each day, using the bite-sized room blitz. If you have children, let them know that ten minutes each day will be dedicated to tidying up their rooms. If they're old enough (and that means as young as three) assign them some other simple chores to do around the house too, such as putting their food scraps in the bin, dishes in the sink or dishwasher, dirty clothes in the laundry basket, or dusting. 
  • Possessions with a place to go: Assign everything a place to go and let everyone know where these places are. This way everyone knows where to look to find anything from a battery to sunscreen to a lightbulb. You can also then safely introduce the rule that after anything's used it's put away in its usual place.
  • The one-warning pile-purger: Get agreement from everyone that there will be consequences if things aren't put away. You can use a basket (one for each room if it helps) and put whatever's been left lying around in it. At a specified time each week, warn everyone that anything that's sitting in these one-warning piles (or baskets) will be thrown away at the end of that day. Then, do it!
  • Outrageous outsourcing: Outsource anything you can to your husband, children (often under-utilised, but a great resource), family, friends or contractors. Make a list of all the jobs you do now. Think of all the possible resources you have available to outsource them to. Decide what you will outsource. Try to think of something that can be outsourced on a regular basis and build it into your routine.
  • Systemising routines: Lack of any routines can chew up lots of time. Some examples of daily routines worth systemising are paying bills, your morning or evening routines, tidying up and meal planning and preparation. For example, you can find free weekly meal planners and shopping lists online. Start children with routines as young as possible - they will like the structure and boundaries. Remember to systemise things you do less frequently too, such as carpet cleaning, window cleaning, car servicing, heater and cooler servicing, gutter cleaning, haircuts, medical and dental checkups. You can plan and schedule all these in your calendar for the year ahead.
  • Dealing with information overload: How much time do you waste looking for papers that, with a good filing system, you could put your hands on immediately? Apparently the average executive spends up to 60 minutes a week looking for various pieces of paper. Become business-like in your approach to handling paperwork at home. Effective filing and storage systems will help solve this problem. I really like a product called File'n'Go Household Organiser  for managing both financial and lifestyle paperwork at home. Find this and lots of other functional and attractive filing and organising options at: 
  • Checklists and master lists: Do you find yourself wasting time and energy re-inventing the wheel and thinking about the same thing time and time again? Invest some time to create checklists you can draw on each time you need to make sure you've covered off on everything, e.g. travel essentials, children's overnight stay or day-care bags, party preparations. Create some master lists too, e.g. annual jobs around the house, party invitation mailing lists, Christmas presents shopping list. File these away under 'C' for checklists or 'L' for lists for easy reference.  
  • Putting what you've used away: Even if you're only part-way through something, never leave it lying around for hours or days. Put it away, out of sight, until you're ready to go back to it. This will make you feel amazingly calm and stop clutter from accumulating around the house.
  • Focusing: People who do one thing at a time, on the whole, get more done. When we have multiple things on the go, we're like a computer with too many windows open and we start to slow down and be less effective. Take time to prioritise often, to know what's best for you to be focusing on at any one time.

For more business, executive and life coaching tips to help you achieve your goals and create and live the life you've always wanted, visit: To find out more about how you can work with me personally, visit:,  or call me on 0411 471 941 or (08) 8338 3134 or e-mail me on

Farewell to Trish and Revised Office Hours

Due to university and study commitments, unfortunately Trish, my Girl Friday, resigned this month. Trish has been a really valuable personal assistant to me and a great nanny to Jake and Holly. We will miss her and wish her all the very best!

As a result, my office hours from now until the end of 2009, will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am until 4 pm and Fridays from 1 pm until 4 pm.

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Visit and find out how you can learn EFT with me or call me on (08) 8338 3134 or 0411 471 941 if you'd like to arrange a one-to-one session or group workshop.

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Next Month: 10 Ways To Live Fearlessly

Earlier this month, at the International Coach Federation's Conference, I had the honour of hearing Margaret Wheatley speak passionately about fearlessness. She's the inspiration behind my next e-zine topic, 10 Ways to Live Fearlessly.

As my heritage is Ukrainian, I was also deeply moved and surprised by the poem she wrote as a tribute to all Ukrainians called I want to be a Ukrainian, after seeing what occured in Ukraine during the Orange Revolution. You can read this extraordinary poem at:

Oh, and please don't ever refer to Ukraine as 'the' Ukraine. Ukraine is a country. Calling it 'the' Ukraine is like calling Australia 'the' Australia.  

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Photography by Dale


It's been wonderful to photograph Tania's little girl Holly and son Jake on three occasions now and Tania has been kind enough to offer me a spot here to talk about my photography. I hope you enjoyed Holly's Christening photos.

My passion is to create photographs of people that are natural and real. I aim for mood, emotion and atmosphere in my images.

I believe that the art hanging in your home should be images of your loved ones.

You can view some more of my work on

Some recent awards include:

2007 Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year, APP Aust.

2007 SA Wedding Photographer of the Year, APP Aust.

2007 Adelaide's Best Wedding Photographer - Atkins Technicolour People's Choice Award

Thanks for reading and if you would like to find out what images I could capture for you, please give me a call on (08) 8395 9140.

Dale Smith - Photographer



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