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How to increase your productivity and performance – step by step

Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs – Successful people to model

 

Today, as I was on the train back from my volunteer work, I came across a bunch of articles on Productivity & Performance. I find everything on how to improve yourself and how to be the best version of yourself very interesting.
If we are not evolving, progressing, learning, then whats the point?
Productivity is simply : get more done successfully with less effort. It was a whole lot of reading therefore I have just taken out some of the main points from what I’ve learned:

– Have a set time-frame and a clear plan. This will increase your chances to actually reach your goal.

–  Your goal must be specific and clear. And you must know WHY you want this goal to manifest. When you know why you want something, that will amplify your motivation and assist you to take necessary actions.

– Look over your daily habits. What are those small Rituals you have everyday? Are they benefiting you or are they driving you away from your goal? An example could be to set out a specific time for checking social media. This way you wont unconsciously waste your time and will instead gain more time to complete actions towards your goal. Another example is to put the clothes you are going to wear the night before. This “habit” or “ritual” will overtime save you hours in the mornings. Have you ever wondered why many successful people tend to wear the same outfit over and over? Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Obama, Steve Jobs. Read more about this HERE.

Next is a quick and relatively easy way to productivity and performance is often spoken of by Tony Robbins….

– Modeling. Robbins is over and over recommending people who want to get the most out of life to Model” other, already successful people. Find one or a couple of people you admire. Famous or not and study their behavior. How do they speak, how is their physiology. Do they spend alot of time choosing what outfit to wear in the morning? Will they snooze or wake up early to get more time to get to where they want. Are they willing to study and try to learn from people who know more then them or not? Do they spend a couple of hours a day scrolling true their phone, watching what others are up to?

– The last point I want to make is one from tony robbins.com. It is something he calls “chunking” and I will definitely start using this method in my life. Simplified chunking is: taking everything we have on our ” To Do Lists” and divide them into chunks, depending on where they belong. For example one for relationships, another for work/career and the third for health.
According to Tony once you have chunked these together it is easier to see what result you want.
I especially got motivated to start with Tony´s chunking after reading this ;

“When you start thinking of your to-do’s as clusters of desired outcomes, you’ll keep stress at bay and learn to focus on your greater goals, rather than getting overwhelmed of the minute details. Why? Because you will start to feel inspired, rather than forced to follow through. And when you feel so inspired by a purpose, you’ll come up with a more effective action plan to get there.”

Have a lovely day.xx

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Remedy routines to enjoy with your partner

ways to recover together with your partner by doing a great skincare routine togetherI know we look super scary …. but lets share it anyway 🙂

Hello,

Hope everyone has had a good day so far! Ours has been filled with all sorts of remedy routines. Ambrose came back from the bucks party quite sick. He is coughing badly and is also sunburned. Unfortunately he did have to go to work this morning and I spend most of my day doing volunteer work ( from a cafe, not the office today ) and studying. But as soon as we both got back to the house we have had all sorts of remedy routines. Well I have forced Ambrose into these face-sheet masks. I always try to do all kinds of different skincare routines on him hahah. He hates it, but he is sick and too weak to struggle against my partner routine madness.

Well, other than taking care of our skin our evening has been filled with ice-cream ( necessary when you are sick ).
Of course also watching cartoon in bed, and lots and lots of soothing tea. I make mine like this:

– Fresh organic fresh ginger (boil it and use the water)
– Fresh organic turmeric
– Manuka honey
– Fresh lemon juice

Now back to snuggles. Speak soon. Ciao

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Sisters, Barcelona restaurants and Bucks party

sisters in barcelona

Oh these two <3

Without exaggeration, I truly think I have the best sisters in the world. I miss them everyday because we always have such a good time together. If only Barcelona was closer! All of us out eating and drinking at Ciudad Condal must be one of my top three hobbies. And yes, I actually DO consider eating out a hobby. Judge all you want…..

If you ever visit Barcelona, and I highly recommend you do at least one time. The you must must must visit this wonderful Tapas Bar and Restaurant. Click HERE more information. Also make sure to ask for their “Menu del Dia” which is their daily specials and only in Catalan but do what I did ; just point at other people’s dishes sitting around you. You wont be disposed I promise.

On the schedule today is Ambrose’s brother Leonard and sister Anastasia’s birthday lunch at 3pm. After that I am taking myself down to Bronte. All the boys are away for a three nights to celebrate Barts bucks party ( do you say celebrate??) so I am spending the weekend with Kali – the bride to be. Our weekend plan is simple : Rose’, trash TV, take away food and cheese. It’s such a shit weather so it fits perfect.

Earlier this morning was coffee with Ambrose followed by buying alcohol for the bucks party. It’s over 30 guys going to this thing, x three nights, so you can imaging how many cans and bottles Ambrose bought. He brought me to the shops as his side kick. I was pretty useless, did not carry anything, BUT I did put in a couple of bottles of champagne in the trolley. There is something about the popping and the bubbles that represents celebration. Nothing does that better than champagne. Perfect for a bucks party.

Alright enough chit-chat. Ambrose took our car so I need to find a train out of here.
I’ll see you guys again from Bronte. xx

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Yacht club restaurant

Some pictures from earlier today. A pretty well spent Sunday after all. Started my morning at my friend Nour & Adams place in Cogeee, I slept over at theirs after the Hens’s party from Saturday. More on that later.
They have the most fatty, cute, funny dog called George. He was all about trying to steal our food, farting and snoring all night. I have never met a more funny dog than George. Wanted to take him home.
After some coffee and gossip over Saturday nights party I headed over to Surry Hills, had another coffee and read a couple of chapters from my new book – an Tony Robbins book ( of course haha)

Couple of my friends picked me up later on, we had lunch reservations at the yacht club restaurant down in Woolarah I think it called.
Beautiful restaurant, its something very relaxing about watching all these boats and yachts float around in that deep blue water.
I had the grilled fish before heading back to the coast by bus…yes by bus! it took almost 3 hour!

They are doing some work on the stupid train track so this was my only option. Ambrose dropped my off to Sydney but he was going to a family event and could not pick me up. Unfortunately. But finally I am back in our bed.
Tomorrow I see if I can find some nice pictures from Saturday – Kali’s hens. I had about 19 cocktails so I was not focusing too much on taking pictures but I think some of the girls sent me theirs. So hopefully there be another entry tomorrow. Ciao for now xx

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Cozy Sunday with Sculpture by the Sea

Hey guys, just popping in to say hello. We have just finished out dinner – grilled sandwiches, non of us felt like cooking. Last night was amazing, we had one engagement party, followed by two birthday parties to attend to. So its safe to say we are making this Sunday as cozy and chilled as humanly possible.
We started the day with a long beach side breakfast with Bart and Kali in Bronte.
The whole day has been quite cozy actually. Besides the time we decides to do the walk from Bondi to Tamarama to see The Sculptures by the Sea. Its pretty amazing so if you are interested you can read more about it HERE.
But it was a sunny Sunday around the beautiful beaches of eastern suburbs. That means a couple of thousands of other people had the exact same idea as you… I don’t know if you can see it from the picture but there was people the whole way.
It was me, Ambrose and Kali, all tired, thirsty and very hangover. The last thing we wanted was to jostle with all those people. We decided to get some lunch instead. We chose Ramen, which has no become like a Sunday tradition for us.
Afterwards we were absolutely dead so drove back to their apartment to lie on the couch and watched Sex & the City for a couple of hours before driving back to the house.

Also got to see Kali’s wedding-dress. She picked such an beautiful dress, perfectly suited for her! I got goosebumps haha
Next week it her hen’s party. I need this whole week without alcohol because I know we will have alot of cocktails at the hens. I am such a week drinker. Cant handle anything!

Now: back to my cozy Sunday. Wonder if I can get this man next to me to watch some Sex and the City with me? I saw that he secretly enjoyed watching it back at Bart and Kali’s place. haha
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A genius way on how to learn to stop procrastinating

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So today has all been about rain. Rain, rain and then some more rain. It got me thinking about procrastination, here is why. You know how we humans have the tendency to use anything – in this case, rain, as an excuse to procrastinate things we know we should be doing.
Well I’m no different. In fact this is one area in my life, that if I could radically change, I would. This is, for me, one of the least qualities I don’t like about myself. One that I would pay to stop.
In fact, learning how to stop procrastinating was a factor that got me into the genius world of NLP in the first place.

But here is what’s funny, and slightly frustrating; when you learn something, and you know that this is a quality you want to change about yourself.  One that you actually can change, and you still don’t follow true and execute the techniques you’ve learned….this can be the most infuriating thing ever.

Today is Friday and I had set as a goal for this week to be up and running with one of these online projects. And still non of them have replied back to me with a position. And the one that did, said that my “skills” are too average, that alot of people have the same. I don’t stand out enough”. So I have spent most of today doing online tests to prove I am more “desirable” than their average clients.
This might not be procrastinating. I actually did alot of tests, and they take on average 40 min each. But my goal is to become one of those genius people who get much more done during their waking hours. They get up like 5 am and work towards their goals until late at night.

If you feel any of this resonates at all with you, then go ahead and click Play on this Youtube video on How to Stop Procrastinating.
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Restaurant Guzman y Gomez in Parramatta

Yesterdays madness dinner. After volunteering in the city I went back to Parramatta to pick up Ambrose. Apparently Restaurant Guzman y Gomez had a opening promotion where they were giving out food and you could pay whatever you wanted, as long as it was gold coins. They were telling me that the line had not stopped since midday. We arrived at 6 pm and the line was still going. But it was fun, and the queue went fast. Both me and Ambrose chose their burrito bowl with pulled pork. I tried to make it into a Persian dish by adding a ridiculous amount of cilantro. I am not much for restaurant version of Mexican food, I do like tacos you make at home but if I have the option I have never chosen a Mexican restaurant. However, I would go back to Guzman y Gomez for a burrito bowl, I liked it.

After our chaotic dinner we went back to the creepy little motel in Parramatta where we had parked our car earlier that morning.  We got a insider tip that the receptionist at this place did some side business of her own, by renting our the motel guests car empty spaces to people for 8 bucks. hahaha genius.
An hour of gangster rap singalong in the car later, we bough some blueberries, ice-cream and organic Greek yogurt and had all that as snacks in bed while enjoying an episode of Bob’s Burgers.

Getting up this morning at 5:45 am was hard but I managed to get alot done so I am happy. Because I spend most of the morning talking on the phone with my family, my cousin, my mum and my aunty. It is literately impossible to have a short phone conversation within my family. Maybe that’s why I thought myself to wake up super early… I would not have anything done other way!

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Good morning from The Shed

Good morning from The Shed in Paramatta. Yes this is where I am hanging out nowadays. Well, first time but yes..
We decided to drive today and due to lack of parking spaces in Paramatta, well in whole of damn Sydney, we asked Ambrose’s boss. She recommended a Motel (!?) nearby. We called to confirm and this grumpy yet husky voice told us the drill. You get in, park your car, visit “Nicoletta” at the reception and you pay 8 dollars. In Cash, she was very specific about the cash. We Could not stop laughing. This crappy Motel was the dodgiest place parking so far. And there was no normal way out of once you parked your car so we had to hunch and half crawl out from their “garden”.

Now Ambrose left for work and I am finishing my almond latte with cinnamon at The Shed. Lovely staff, makes such a difference. And great coffee, very very important 🙂
Alrighty now, (internal joke for Jasmin) time to find my way out of this place back to the city. Today is volunteering day and I am really looking forward to it. You guys have a good morning.

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Japanese Gardens

Ambrose…look at him hahaha He was as fascinated- if not more, than all the children there together.
They all had special fish food so I had to go to their little boutique and get him a bag.

I am not gonna pretend to be cool, I was very excited as well!  If you find someone that share your enthusiasm for patting fishes at a Japanese Garden, I say you should stick to that person. hahaha

They had such big mouths and the children (and Ambrose of course) were all putting there feet in the water and let the fish suck on there toes. I draw the line there… super creepy.

These fishes were not shy at all, all they wanted was the food. Some of them were huge.

Okey here you got (sorry) around 1 million pictures from yesterdays unplanned date at the Japanese Gardens.
This is a great place to visit if you are ever up the coast.  Or if you are planing any special event, I saw that you can hire the venue for weddings and such.
Anyway, Sunday we woke up to more rain. We had a shower, went and got some take away breakfasts and went for a drive around the coast. Up to Terrigal, Erina, East Gosford and on the way back to the house, we Somersby. I like all of these places but if you only have a short amount of time, I would say pic Terrigal for sure.
My second suggestion would be this place – The Japanese Gardens located at East Gosford. I only took pictures of the colorful fishes but the whole place, even though it’s quite small, is really pretty.

Other than the Japanese garden they do have an art gallery, a restaurant and a cafe’ at this place. All lovely if you are after something different. A Japanese Garden might not be the first thing you think of when you think Sydney’s coast.

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How to enjoy the weekend in Sydney

Saturday is here which is great, although it is raining, and they say that this is going to be a “wet” summer. But we decided to get out and make the most of and enjoy the weekend anyway. First stop, brunch – This Little Piggy’s.
This has now become a little enjoying the weekend tradition in our family. Family nowadays me & Ambrose. Hahah smallest gang, but we do alright.

Ambrose brother Leonard came by and joining us as we had our brunch under the rain. Luckily is not cold here in Sydney when it rains so perfectly fine to still sit outside. Quite cozy actually.

After running some errands we both went to do some exercise, I went to the gym to and Ambrose went for a long bike ride along the river.
The evening came and we ditched our original plans – Ice-skate Disco ( yep this is one way we do enjoy our weekend here haha) and went to see a movie instead. Blade Runner. Have you guys watched it yet? Soo good. We were both into it from beginning to end which is pretty hard because it went for 3 hours.
After watching this movie you will probobly appreciate nature and our planet more. Go see this movie and you understand what I mean.

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4 little tips on what to choose to improve your day

There is so much power in focusing on the little things. If you really thing about it we might have, if we are lucky, around 70 years on this planet. If you are not careful and really conscious, you might just have life as something that just passed you by.
I don’t mean all this “be positive and fake happiness all the time” bullshit. I mean the only real power we have over our life is our ability to choose.
This morning, as I was working on statements to use on our social media for our Sister2Sister program, I thought of these little, but powerful tips :

– As you open your eyes in the morning, make sure to carefully choose your thoughts. Decide how you would like your day to be. What are your goals, not for your entire life (although also important) but only for this particular day. This goal includes things you want to have achieved, feeling you want to have and all the small progresses before you the end of the day. Mine for today is: to start a 7 day challenge with this , just to see if I can do it. Complete the 3 things on a “List of Importance” me and Ambrose promised to do for eachother. One hour at the gym.

– Use the fact that it is easy for us to trick our brain into a change of habit for ourselfs. Our brains can be divided into the conscious and the unconscious part if you will. Learn about this and put it to the test. Smile, even if you don’t feel like it. Change your body posture and your body movement to represent a posture and movement of pose, grace, confidence and joy. Do this enough and you be surprised how your thoughts and emotions follows whatever your body does. It is real “easy”. Whatever we do often enough, even if it is not “real” at that moment will cause our subconscious to actually believe we are just like that. This is not religion, this is not hokus pokus. This is a fact. Use it.

– Surround yourself with those who lift you up, those who want you to succeed. Positive people, hard working and genuine people. People who might not have alot but are always striving for more. People who believe in possibilities, in you, in themselves, in life. Again, we only live a short time on this planet, there is no room for anything less. Sometimes unfortunately, this means getting rid of people closest to you. I don’t mean hating anyone, blocking people out or never speaking to loved ones again. But I absolutely don’t believe you need to constantly hang out with a draining, negative and selfish person just because he or she is your close family member. Wish them the best from a distance. Christmas and birthdays are enough.

– Be open-minded. Be cool enough to try different things. Just because you don’t understand something or it sounds weird doesn’t mean it does not work. All this The more I read and learn about our brain, specially our subconscious mind, the more I think its crazy, bizarre and well, alot of ” I cant see it therefore I cant believe it” kind of stuff. But what if it is real? My biggest fear in life is that I am about to die and I then realize that it was all real, that I could have done a difference for myself, for my life on my own. That’s my biggest fear in life.

I mean can all these people be wrong about this: Jim Carry, David Lynch, Oprah, Mirranda Kerr,Tony Robbins, Jerry Seinfield, Deepak Chopra, Ray Dalio, Martin Scorsese, Dr Oz, Russel Brand, Ellen Degerenes, Gisele Bundchen, Hugh Jackman…….Really?

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Walking on Sydney beaches

Good evening beautiful people. We just finished dinner and are sitting down with some red wine and dark chocolate in front of David Attenburg’s lovely Planet Earth series. Right now its about polar bears, my absolute favorite animals!
Me and Ambrose dad agree that David Attenbourg’s has lived the ultimate life. Just imagine what he has seen and experienced.

I picked Ambrose up from the station with our swimwear, we drove to Umina beach, hoping for a dip. But it was too cold in the water. Instead we took a walk on the beach. Oh Sydney beaches, walking on Sydney beaches must me on many peoples wish list. And I understand you. I remember all those travel shows always recommending all these amazing Sydney beaches, or Australian beaches I should say. They sure are beautiful.
If you have the opportunity, you should experience these Sydney beaches. Come visit us !
Yes, I say “us” now. Very close to my Visa 🙂

Okey I need to say goodbye for .now. My show and chocolate are waiting. Have a great Thursday. xx

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Kimberley & Nour’s Birthday Party’s

Here comes the stories on last night. And what a night it was! I honestly cannot remember laughing that much in a very very long time. It was fun from beginning to the end. We double booked and therefore had both Kimberley and Nour’s Birthday party’s going on last night. So we did what we had to, run between the 2 party’s and it clearly we made it work.

So we started here, at Jackson and Kimberley’s house. It was breakfast and cocktails at 10:30 am.  The cocktails were delicious (and strong!) After my 5th frozen strawberry, mint and lime daiquiri Kimberley brought out the champagne and mimosas and I knew I had to slow down a bit. Crazy Australians haha they sure know how to drink. I am still learning it feels like.
It was great meeting their friends who flew over from Brisbane. Such fun bunch of people, I had pain in my stomach from laughing so much with these people.

After a couple of hours of cocktails and laughter they went off to catch a boat and we went on to the next party, Nour’s birthday. We were a bit early so went to a couple of pubs with Kappa. Went back to his house for him to get changed. This took forever, here I am stuck drinking wine watching kappa ironing his shirt and Ambrose collapsing outside. I probobly mentioned this before but Ambrose needs like 18 hours of sleep and he probably only got 17,5 hours the night before. So he had to catch up some sleep… Zzzzzzzzzz

Finally we got to here – Cafe del Mar on the harbor in Sydney. Beautiful place with yes more delicious cocktails. Luckily we all ordered some finger-food.
I often remind myself how lucky I am that Ambrose’s friends are amazing. I really like ever single one of them. And all there partners. I am so lucky.

The clock turned 8:30 pm and like two Cinderellas it was time for us to join party number one again. Kimberley had made reservations at a restaurant called Meat District Co.
The guys were already on it as we walked in. After 5 hours celebration on a boat, and with us celebration with Nour at Cafe del Mar, it is safe to say that was one hectic dinner party hahaha. Actually surprised they did not kick us out.

After many hours we had way too much fun for any of us to want it to end so somehow we took ourselfs to a place called SlipIn, I was told this is the place Princess Mary met the prince of Denmark. Now after being at the SlipIn No idea how and why a prince was hanging out at this place?! We went in and the whole place was packed with Indians, without exaggeration, it was maybe 85 percent Indians. I blended in but my white friends looked like they were reporters from National Geographic lost in Mumbai hahaha.

So it was time to take some Ubers back to the house for whiskey, story telling and playing video games. The last thing I remember was laughing before falling asleep on Ambrose’s chest.

Thank you Kimberley and Nour for organizing such great night.

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The coast

A couple of days ago it was sunny but cold. Me and Kimberley drove up the coast to have breakfast with Mia and her new gorgeous little girl Millie. I especially love her set of full hair. Looks like she is wearing a wig hahaa.
I really wanted to cuddle with her the entire breakfast but I think all the noise and new people bothered her a bit because she was crying when I was holding her. Stopped crying and fell asleep with mommy of course :)!

We never get to see Mia because they live in Brisbane so I was really happy when she texted me and said they were spending the weekend in Sydney. We planed a breakfast date straight away.
Took them to the Coast175. You can find more information HERE. Its a great cafe’ just one street away from the beach in Ettalong. They have great coffee and a really good menu. I’m sure I have written about this place before, we go here quite often.

After catching up with Mia we headed over to Terrigal. This place is one of, if not The best place around the coast. At least in my opinion. We wondered around the area a bit, I wanted to show Kimberley as much as I could since she never been. When we were done with the beach and looking at bikini’s we sat down for a drink and live music, right by the beach so of course this place was crowded.
Now that summer is coming I cant wait to go back for a whole day. We planed that when Ambrose and Jackson (her partner) are back, we will come here for a day snorkeling followed by dinner and drinks at this place.k to the house

Now I think I will head back to the house. I have been in Umina having breakfast and trying to learn more about the work I will do. I have a HIIT class I am going to at 4pm so need to get some lunch before. Yesterday I tried a class called BodyPump I think. Today I can hardly walk like a normal person so I think it was a good class.
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one real and one fake blond girl

 

I just had a shower and cant wait to start the day. Its sunny outside so I am excited for this Sunday to get started. Today’s plans are to drive up the coast with Kim and show her that part of Sydney. She is originally from Brisbane and so she has not been up there. Our fist stop, after a take away coffee of course is to meet up with my friend, who also lives in Brisbane, for breakfast.
Mia and Tim recently had their baby and I cannot wait to meet her in person!
Afterwards we will probably drive around the coastal area and stop and maybe Soldiers Beach but also Killcare. Two of my absolute favorites. Cannot wait to show Kim.

Here are some pictures of our day in Balmain yesterday. We picked up our coffee, well I did, Kim doesn’t  drink hot beverages. And she don’t like red wine, chocolate nor shellfish!? Crazy girl. Anyway, she drove me to this place just by the water and we went for a walk in the sun, taking in this beautiful view. The colorful houses made me feel like I was back in Europe. Doesn’t it remind you of Denmark or Holland?

After it was time for lunch. We walked up and down Darling Steet to try and find a place but it was so hard. Every damn place looked amazing! In fact that whole street was just amazing, cant wait to be bring Ambrose here.
Finally we picked Kafeine. We both salads, I think Kim had satay chicken with crispy noodles and I had pulled duck sallad. Both very very nice.
Now: Off to the coast. xx

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