Dispelling Those Time Management Myths

A year from now you will wish you had started today.  Karen Lamb

Interested in joining a women’s group, but don’t think you have the time to devote? Are there important things you want to do and projects you want to start, but can’t seem to get to them? To help you find the time to do the things you want to do, let’s take the time to dispel some commonly held beliefs about time management.

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Plant the Seed and Watch It Grow

Spring is a perfect time to plant seeds…

Whenever you gather women together, it’s a way to honor female relationships. The group’s energy is powerful and developing this energy with a solid vision can build stronger lives for everyone. A group can accomplish more together than individuals can do on their own. The world has more possibilities when we join together as a group to nurture ourselves and others.

In its early stages of a group, you may not be aware of all the tiny seeds of interaction that are being planted to help form the group. Over time, these seeds of connection, watered with commitment and respect, blossom into strong and nurturing relationships within the group.

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The Essence of a Women’s Group is Trust

Trust – Firm reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, or character of a person or thing.

In a successful women’s group, the members must all trust each other enough to be able to open up and share their experiences freely. As we know, without sharing there will not be growth. But how can women in a diverse group learn to trust each other? How long before they can open up honestly?

The secret to building a trusting relationship is to start small. Begin with small acts and gestures of trust and build it up from there. It will take awhile, but there will come a time when the members of your group will not hesitate to open up to one another.

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Listening Is An Essential Skill

Listening is an absolutely essential life skill. It’s even more important as a skill for someone who is part of a successful women’s group.

Listening is a way of building rapport. When you listen to someone, you learn more about them. You understand what’s going on in their life, how they think, where they’re coming from, what experiences they are drawing on and more. In turn, the person you are listening to feels that you understand them better; they are thankful for the support and the empathy you are providing them, just by being a good listener.

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Brainstorming Creativity

If you are the moderator of a women’s group, you will come across multiple instances that require creative and critical thinking. For instance, a member might have a problem that she hopes the group will help her solve, or the group might wish to discuss and analyze a book or movie. Regardless of the reason behind the need, there are a few techniques that can help in stimulating creative thinking.

Brainstorming is one of the best ways to stimulate creative thinking and it’s fun. Brainstorming is really a method of generating ideas, while judgment is put on hold.

Practically speaking, when you start to brainstorm, one person must be designated to take notes. Members can volunteer for this position, or they may be assigned the note-taker position on a revolving basis. It helps to have a stand up easel or pad and colorful magic markers so that the note-taker can write everything down for all to see.
In order to brainstorm, a playful environment must be created to stimulate the creative ideas. Even if the topic at hand is something very serious, refrain from getting bogged down or trying to be very somber. Playfulness stimulates creativity, so create the right environment – have some snacks on hand and make sure the seating is comfortable.

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Self-Help Group for Women

If you are considering starting a women’s group, you might contemplate starting a self-help group for women.

As women, we all face stressful situations daily and want the most out of our lives. What better way to empower other women than to start a self-help group.

Although the name might sound a bit “new age”-ish, a self-help or personal development group for women is really just a way for women to get the most out of their lives. It’s a way for women to come together to improve their situation through discussion and activities. Even if you don’t want to start a group that is solely about personal development, you might want to incorporate some self-help issues into your meetings.

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Women’s Group Topic: Gossiping

Over the years our women’s group has discussed many exciting topics, yet at the last meeting the topic of “gossiping” initiated interesting and energized responses.  We even got out an old-fashioned, giant-sized dictionary to locate the definition of gossip.

To jumpstart our discussion, we were provided with an article entitled “7 Tips for Giving up Gossip” by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, “The Truth About Gossip”.

Dictionary.com definition
gossip: 1. idle talk or rumor, esp. about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars. 2. light, familiar talk or writing. 3. a person given to tattling or idle talk.

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Women Coming Together

Many people joke about how when women get together they can become jealous, competitive and “catty”. Such a negative stereotype certainly ignores the incredible bond and sisterhood that women generally share with each other.

Women experience so many things in life that are common across the board and tend to be common across different cultures and even across age ranges. This is why forming a women’s group can be something amazing for virtually every type of woman out there.

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Are You Creative?

Most of us are reluctant to believe that we are creative beings.  Our perception is that only individuals who perform art like writing, painting, and pottery are creative.  It’s just not true.  We are always creating and now is the time to acknowledge this ability.  We are all unique so our perceptions help us see the world different from another person.   This difference is fuel for creativity.

Everyone is born creative and that ability may go dormant,
but it’s still there…
sleeping and waiting patiently for us to wake up.

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10 Questions To Ask Yourself

Are you contented with your life with the ways things are, or are you seeking more insight and understanding around what is important to you?

Do you allow yourself to play with the thought that there is something deeper and more meaningful for you to express in this lifetime?

We all are faced with problems and sometimes they are all we seem to have.   We have left behind our ability to dream, yet that ability still lives within us, even if we block them with our ‘to do’ lists.

Are you open to just asking the questions?