Do you ask yourself some of the big questions about being busy and balance? Why is busyness glorified? Why do so many insist on wearing busyness as a badge of honour? Why do we hold ourselves to such impossibly high standards?
I recently listened to a podcast hosted by Mia Freedman of Mama Mia fame, where she mentioned that she has amazing low standards for her life. Things like having friends over for dinner and having burgers on the menu. Not a homemade extravaganza, but take away burgers. I have to state now - I love this woman!
Now, for us mere mortals, we too can take the pressure off ourselves. If you're keen to ditch the overwhelm and get off that busyness hamster wheel, try these tips:
- Firstly, ban the “busy”. When you’re asked how your day is going, don’t automatically reply with “busy”. Using words like “busy”, “hectic and “crazy” can actually make you feel more overwhelmed! Change your language and watch what happens!
As you would be aware, every estate, like every person, is different. Yes, there are legal processes that must be adhered too & similarities between estates, however, we're fully aware that we're usually meeting executors & family members during extremely difficult times & an individualised approach is required.
That said, we are extremely process driven when clearing an estate. Our process flow looks something like this:
- An executor or family member will contact us for assistance. Usually, they're overwhelmed with what has to happen. They could be working full time themselves, living in different parts of the State (or world) & don't know how they are going to get things done.
Merry Christmas to everyone from Time Made! Whatever you're doing, I hope you have fun, are around friends & family, & make the most of the festive season. We are taking a few days off between Christmas & New Year, but otherwise, we'll be working. The phone is starting to run hot for our drop in house sitting service, where we come to your home, feed your animals, water the plants, collect the mail etc. Anything to make you look like you're at home when you're not.
If you're feeling a bit stressed coming up to the break, you may find these tips helpful.
- Don't feel like you need to go to EVERY Christmas party or function leading up to the big day. I suggest to my clients to be selective about what they attend. Do they really want to or need to go to every party? You don't have to roll into the Christmas break totally exhausted. It's ok to say no.
Clearing an estate can be a costly experience. Here are some tips that can help you expedite the process, possibly resulting in more dollars to be distributed through the estate.
- Locate the key financial documents. Make your solicitor’s job easier. Find the last Will, recent bank statements, life insurance policy, deeds, share certificates, tax returns – all the kinds of documents the solicitor will need to complete the estate administration.