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Life Coaching and Multitasking – How It Helps Me

2015. 01. 24.
Anna Jankovich
Anna Jankovich
Coaching Transitions

Life Coaching and Multitasking




Like many of us, I have always multitasked, both at work and at home. The more I have to do or was given, the more adrenaline I would get.  There is a saying along the lines of “if you want a task done, give it to the busiest person,” that has always been me.

During one of my Life Coaching trainings, in Oslo, I remember one of the trainers asking us, “How does multitasking look like for you? Take a moment and draw a picture of it in your head and step into that feeling.”  I had an image of me juggling many balls at the same time and walking around between work and home, looking up and down and feeling a slight pain in my neck and shoulders.  I could feel my heart beating strongly and eventually my arms and legs getting sore from being in the same stance the whole time.  I also felt the moment I could let one ball go, soon to be replaced by another and continue. I felt tired.

Next question, “How do you WANT to picture multitasking?” Immediately, I had an imagine of calmness.  I pictured myself in my own space, with sunlight, music, a comfortable chair and many different coloured baskets around me, each with its own task.  I wanted to be aware of what was around me and I did not want to feel any strain on my body.  The picture was becoming clearer and clearer. I felt calm.

Managing time is not about squeezing as many tasks as possible in a day. It is about making clearing space to make time for yourself, for your family/social life and your rest.

This is one of the most common issues I encounter with my clients, during our Life Coaching sessions, as they seek new tools for multitasking their challenges between work and home.  In Life Coaching, clients create their own plan of action and I hold them accountable for it, which proves to be very effective and I myself learn along the way.

Here are 10 Successful Tools my clients have created for themselves and achieved:


  1. PostIts: prioritising tasks by different PostIt colours into 3 categories ie. “important, need, want” and sticking them on a visible space.  As a task is completed, a PostIt is removed. Great measuring tool!
  2. Time Slots: allocating their tasks into time slots and sticking to them, one at a time.
  3. Turning Off Tones: switching off any message signals from their devices.
  4. Informing Others: writing a message/email informing senders that they are not available to reply until a given hour (this also manages their expectations).
  5. Moving: in between tasks to exercise, stretch, get some air, change rooms, take a walk, a quick meditation.
  6. Asking Themselves:  is this really the wisest way of using my time?
  7. Learning to Say NO: not easy at all and accepting that it’s OK that they can’t do it all.
  8. Motivation: imagining how they will feel when the tasks are done. Music, audio books while driving, quotations, articles are all tools they use.
  9. Recording: taking notes how much time a day they take to shower/dress, have another cup of coffee, use social media, chatting to others, working, shopping and then analysing it.
  10. Decluttering: cleaning up a desk, a room, an office which gives them more time to spend working, and less time searching for what they are looking for.

Thanks to Life Coaching and to some of my client’s tools,  I am achieving this calmness slowly and because I want it so badly, my awareness reminds me of it.   My achievements are greater, more efficient, focused and organised.  I have to admit that it is not always easy. However, it does get easier everyday! Life Coaching and multitasking go hand in hand.

One thing that I can promise you, there are 24 hours in a day to do what you want. So what do you need to do to reach this fulfilment?

Smile, You Are Not on Camera

2015. 01. 18.
Anna Jankovich
Anna Jankovich
Coaching Transitions




Since I became a Life Coach, I have become much more aware of the power of a smile.  Smiling has always been an emotion, an expression, something that usually comes naturally, without thinking. I never really gave much more thought to a smile than that.

Now, as a Life Coach, I have become conscious about smiling.  What is the first thing you notice when someone smiles at you?  Do you smile back? Do you ignore that smile? Do you wonder why they are smiling at you? Do you feel comfortable? How do they make you feel?

All of our lives are busy and many of us get wrapped up in our own thoughts that we simply forget to smile.  Sometimes, my children will tell me that I don’t smile enough.  Ouch, that hurts but they are right!  At that moment, I know I am not present and I am elsewhere and that is NOT the message I want to give them. Immediately, I take a few steps back, put my coaching hat on and reconnect with myself.  For a brief moment, I notice where I am, how I am and who I want to be. I take my coaching hat off and put on my parenting hat, feeling present and smile to myself first, stepping into that feeling.

A smile does not have to only be seen but it can also be heard. About 90% of my coaching clients is done through Skype, without cameras, and I can usually hear when they are smiling through the tone of their voices.  Think back to your own conversations with colleagues, clients, friends or family and how do you think they reacted when you smiled?

Smiling is not only an emotion or an expression, it is also a tool that can help you, both personally and professionally.  Several of my clients have challenges with colleagues and smiling has proven to be not only effective, but has brought them more fulfilment in their workplace.


8 Ways Your Smile Becomes a Tool


  1. Mirror Effect: you smile to people, they smile back
  2. Attractive: smiles always attract people, they feel welcomed
  3. Confidence: you look more confident and competent with a smile
  4. Reduces Stress: smiling reduces stress on your face
  5. Trust: relationships are based on trust, smiles encourage that
  6. Positive: you simply feel good about yourself and it shows
  7. Breaks the Ice: your smile is warm and can melt the ice
  8. Easier: the more your smile, the easier it gets

You don’t need to be happy or cheerful to smile.  You can be happy and smile for others in their lives, for an article you just read, a meal you just ate, a song you just heard, a pet you just crossed, a view, a comfortable chair, a clean desk…anything!

 Make smiling a part of your daily life.  Smile 25 times a day and feel where that impact is!



Keeping a New Year’s resolution year round

2015. 01. 04.



Day 7 of 2015 and probably “so far so good” with your New Year’s resolutions. You are feeling good, disciplined, and on the right track.  What happens to you next Monday when you are back in your second week at work, driving children to school again and plunging into a familiar routine?  How do you plan to keep this optimism going for longer than a few more days or weeks or a month? If you are Orthodox, you get a second chance next week, if you are not, maybe a good time to tweak your resolution?

Resolutions are about priorities and as we all know, we need to prioritise in order to reach our goals.  Through Life Coaching, I have really learned and understood this process and especially, to notice the impact multitasking has on me and my surroundings.  What happens to you when you are doing too much at once?  What do you notice?

My signals are clear; sore shoulders and neck, my posture slouches, I lose eye contact with whoever I am speaking, I eat too fast, I don’t smile, my answers are brief and I become quite bitchy – not good for anyone!  What are your signals?

When juggling all your balls, you need to decide which one matters the most, just like in Life Coaching.   You don’t want to just check a box after a workout or after drinking 1 litre of water or after having made small talk with a colleague, so you can feel good about yourself.  Or maybe you do?

Do you want a REAL long lasting change with a clear impact?

Here are my 7 suggestions for REALLY keeping a resolution:

  1. Meaningful Goal: choose what you really want and ask yourself a few times why you really want it?  For your children, grandchildren, your team, your company?
  2. Positivity: if your goal is positive, it will be easier to manage it during more challenging times as you know the positive outcome it will have.
  3. Focus: on the action and progress and not on the result.  Take small steps everyday and be consistent.  Notice that impact on you and how you process it.
  4. Present: be present in this moment, now.
  5. Saboteur: notice when your Inner Critic, your Saboteur, creeps us (read more Saboteurs love good plans, ideas, goals and will do anything to get in the way and tell you, you can’t do it!
  6. Captain: we all have an Inner Authority, a Captain, (read more ) who helps keep us on track. Who is your Captain?
  7. Accountability:  in Life Coaching, accountability is key and I hold all my clients accountable for their chosen actions.  Share your goal with someone and ask them to hold you accountable.

The choice is yours. Pick just one ball and focus on it and imagine where you will be in 3 months, 6 months and 1 year from now. How will that look like and feel like?

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