How Often Do You Have A Good Night’s Sleep?

I recently read a New York Times article, The Restless Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep,  about the growing sleep tech field. Seem “different” to use an app for a better night’s sleep? It’s the problem that matters. If an app helps one create a better night’s sleep or to monitor their sleep, more power to it.

Sleep is integral to your balance, attitude and health and essential to your success and fulfillment. A lot works against getting a good night’s sleep – stress, worry, physical unfitness, long hours at work. If you are having trouble sleeping and are experiencing negative impacts, how about directly addressing your lack of good sleep in the next month? Set a plan to monitor your sleep and create habits that allow you to rest. It’s a positive thing to do for your career success.

 

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10 Ways To Increase The Flow Of Your Work Day

Bringing flow to your workday brings a sense of ease, increases your productivity and reduces your stress. Creating flow can be challenging in the face of a fast pace, distractions and too much to do. Here are 10 ways to help you increase the flow of your workday.

1. Practice bringing yourself fully to the present moment once every hour and when you are feeling stress.

2. Take breaks every two hours, when possible, to re-center.

3. At least three days a week get a change of scene during your lunch.

4. Exercise three times a week during or outside of your workday.

5. Eat well and be aware of your sugar and caffeine intake during the day, so they do not disrupt your flow.

6. Set your priorities at the beginning of the day and follow them. If a crisis or something else disrupts your plan, make adjustments in the present moment.

7. Be realistic about the time it takes you to do something.

8. Develop awareness of the extent to which your mind rules your day both in positive and negative ways.

9. Make a commitment to flow and balance in your life.

10. Recognize and celebrate the workdays in which you flow well.

 

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Starting Over

At various times in life, you can find yourself starting over. It may be of your own choosing, accompanied by excitement for the change or it may be not of your choosing, accompanied by some fear or unease. Whatever the situation, starting over is starting over and it is best to make the most of it.

Here are a few ways to approach a situation where you are starting over:

• Identify both the promise and the peril of your situation in a realistic manner so that your perspective is grounded and factual.

• Decide what you need to begin – Support? New skills? A certain attitude? Allies?

• Have a plan.

• Keep your mind open and observe the realities of your new situation.

• Accept that there is an element of the unknown in starting over.

• Do your best and strive for excellence in whatever you do.

“What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.” – Billy Crystal

 

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What Stories Do You Tell Yourself?

In the early days of the coaching profession there was focus on the stories we tell ourselves. These stories impact our perspective, emotions and actions, as we build our careers and work every day.

Do you have a “story” that you tell yourself? Perhaps the story is that you are trapped in your current circumstances, that the world is against you, that there is no place to go or that you are underappreciated. Or, perhaps your story is that there are no limits, that you can do whatever you put your mind to or that the world will support you in your dreams. See the difference?

What stories do you tell yourself?

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Are You Where You Want To Be?

2017 is underway, are you? It is always a good idea to assess where you are in relation to where you want to be. Doing so, allows you to plan your moves accordingly.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

• Since the start of the year, have you been fulfilled in your work?

• What types of emotions have dominated your time at work?

• Have you been appreciated and challenged in your work?

• Is there something you want to change regarding your work?

Being proactive and keeping yourself going in a direction of your choosing prevents your being a victim of circumstance. Be an advocate for your best interests and you will get where you want to be.

 

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Absurdity

As you work, have you ever encountered a situation and thought, “this is absurd”? It may be a cynical reaction to the situation. However, it also may be a reaction worth paying some attention to. Absurd means wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate. That’s not too far out considering what you can encounter in your work, is it? You may dismiss an absurd situation as out of the norm, let it go or try to explain it away.

Looking carefully at a situation that strikes you as absurd, could give you some valuable insights about your workplace, let you see things as they really are or help you assess whether your organization is a match for you.

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” ― Albert Einstein

 

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How Are World Events Affecting Your Workplace?

You do not work in an isolated bubble, do you? The world that surrounds you has influence and impact on your workplace. Currently, there is a lot of change, uncertainty and even chaos in the outside world. How is this affecting your workplace and you?

There is value in putting some focus on this. What’s going on in the outside world is being felt by nearly everyone. In the workplace, this can impact productivity, balance, emotions and interrelationships. Take some time to assess how your workplace is responding and reacting to the outside world right now. Address what you see and find ways to keep your team together and thriving through it all.

 

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Indecision

Indecision is tough. Everyone, in varying degrees, experiences it. You need time to make a decision –  that’s a given. However indecision, if allowed to go on too long, can paralyze you.

How can you get through indecision? Here are a few ideas:

• Give yourself a break. Your decisions are not set in stone. They are only set in the present moment, with the information you have available to you. Know that your past decisions do not own you. You can change a decision if things change in the future.

• Trust yourself that you are ready to make a decision. Your mind may play games telling you that you are not capable or ready, but you are.

• Do your best to let go of an expectation that you will make a perfect decision. Such a thing doesn’t exist. You can strive to make the best decision possible for you and that is pretty good.

• Do your best to identify your fears regarding a decision. What is the nature of your fear? Is it real or made-up? Figure out how can you confront any fears you encounter. Act in spite of the fear, knowing that you have thought the decision out as best you can.

You alone walk your journey. Only you can keep your feet moving on your path. Walk at the pace that works for you and keep yourself in motion.

 

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Stamina

The new year has begun. Are you fit for the journey? How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?

Stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort. A key element of stamina is fitness – physical strength, mental acuity and emotional readiness. Also key is balance. To maintain your stamina, consider what keeps you going. Do you need a lot of sleep? What is the best balance for your life? How much physical exercise do you need? How do you preserve a positive emotional outlook? Do you need variety in your life to keep you challenged?

How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?

 

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