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5 Ways to Slow Down Time This Summer

July 2, 2014

This post was first published on my website blog.

This past spring, I was invited to speak at a library on the topic of  “Time Management”.  I accepted the invitation with the caveat that what I would really be talking about is “self management” — i.e. managing ourselves within our time. There really is no such thing as ‘managing time’. We can, however, manage ourselves differently so that we experience time differently.

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Like most people, I get how fast time goes these days and I often wish I could get more of it. You know – more time to get more things done;  to do more of the things I enjoy; to have more time for less ‘doing’ and more thinking time…..and so on. Since I can’t get more time, I try to find ways to slow it down. Or rather,  to slow down my experience and perception of time fleeting so quickly.

Ahh yes, the speed of life.  Do you feel this way too?

With summer here when the ‘living is (supposed to be) easy’….I thought it would be fitting to offer a few ideas on how to ‘slow down’ time so you can get the most out of this lovely (albeit short) season. And to be authentic, I won’t proclaim to have mastered these strategies nor will I ever likely fully do so. The idea is to live in these strategies and do your best each day to be aware and to catch yourself in the moment. That’s working towards ‘mastery’. So here you go – try these out.

5 Ways to Slow Down Time This Summer (or any season):

1) Focus Time

Multitasking and distractions are big thieves of  time. And we let these thieves into our lives – daily.  We juggle  activities; answer emails at every ting; invite or allow distractions of all kinds to intrude. Not only do these habits make your valuable time less productive (yes, less), it also zaps your energy because multitasking spends way more brain energy then focused thinking.

Conversely focus brings the gift of fueling ourselves. Focus fuels our brain capacity and creativity; energizes us and keeps us sharp. And with the right kind of focus activity, it can put us in a state of flow — a delicious state that leads to more engagement, well-being and happiness and a feeling of time ‘well-spent’.  And while time in flow can fly by (we get lost in time) this is usually a good, energizing  ‘time-goes-’fast’ experience vs. a depleting fast.  And you can likely get more done. Those flow states usually involve using your top strengths. You can read more about strengths and flow in a past blog post here.

These days, there’s so much to juggle with the loads of work and life but there’s plenty of opportunity to rein in the gratuitous multitasking and distractions and ramp up a bit more of focus time in your day. Maybe it’s taking 20 minutes of uninterrupted time to write that report or think about a plan or start to flesh out a creative idea. Try it out this summer and see if you experience a shift in how you feel about time.  And you can read more about this in an excerpt from my book, Ease, here.

2) Get Present

While this idea is related to focus, it deserves its own mention. How often do we allow our minds to be someplace other than where we actually are and are meant to be. Perhaps you are at a meeting but thinking about something else (the work that beckons? or concern about another matter). Or away from work (family time, friends, etc) but your supposedly ‘off’ time gets robbed as you worry or think about something else. Did you miss your son’s winning pitch at the baseball game because you were on your smart phone dealing with work?

Reality can certainly pull us away at times but if you can catch yourself in a reactive (and unnecessary) moment of ‘inattention’ and shift to a state of attention you will overcome an insidious robber of our time. From tuned out to tuned in — you will likely be rewarded with more moments that you truly wouldn’t want to miss this summer.

3) Reality Test Your To Do List

I’m often guilty of putting too many things on my to-do list and when I do that I know this can trigger the perception of  ‘not enough time’  which is an energy drain to say the least.

Keep that ‘not enough time‘ gremlin at bay and take a harder look at your own expectations of what can get done in any given period of time. Learn to right-size your daily (and weekly, monthly) goals and to-do’s. This will also invite you to learn to say ‘no’ more often. More about this and more in my book, Ease.

4) Leave Margins

Using time wisely doesn’t imply you should pack in activities to the fullest of your day’s capacity. In fact, the opposite is what many of us need. Leave margins to ‘get there’, ‘do that’, or deal with contingencies (traffic, etc) — or just to think and recharge your batteries. This will give you more spaciousness and a feeling of enough time vs. not enough.  And paradoxically, you will probably get more done and do it better as a result.

To do this well, learn to master  your schedule better: deliberately leave some  ‘white space’ around the edges (and in other places) ; make space for breaks  to recharge (even tiny ones help) — even when it is ‘crazy busy’.

5) Choose Joy Over Angst

Well, nothing robs us of quality time more than negativity (worry, frustration, angst). A day in a funk is a day wasted. Sure, stuff concerns us, challenges us, gets us down – but focusing only on the negativity will guarantee to feed into the ‘scarcity of time’ experience.

Instead, learn to master the art of positivity – and make room for it especially during times of duress. This will not only broaden your capacity to deal with the tough issues and even boost your ability to generate more positive outcomes  — it will also give you back ownership of your time.  By having the choice of how you want to be at any given moment, you ‘own the moment’.

Own the Moment! Embrace it or waste it.

Hmmmm…..

SO HOW DO YOU DO ALL THIS?  “Sos” for you….

Well, for starters, check out my book, Ease – Manage Overwhelm in Times of ‘Crazy Busy’. It is filled with concrete tips, ideas and tools to support you in these and other strategies to help you take charge of your time, your effectiveness, your mood and mojo.

AND COMING REAL SOON: EASE TALKS!

I’ve been talking about these and other related themes in workshops, presentations and even the media and now I’m offering an opportunity for a deeper dive with you that will be really accessible; ‘ease-y’ to participate and filled with loads of practical tips, strategies and inspiration!

This first offering of Ease Talks is a series of tele-based seminars that will will help you deal with ‘times of crazy busy’ with more resilience, success and even personal mojo! We’ll dive into the themes from my book, Ease, as well as learn a bunch of new stuff (beyond the book).  Whether you’ve read Ease or plan to – this will take you on a ‘deeper dive’ and you’ll find your time very well spent coming away with more ‘tools’ and inspiration for your personal and professional well-being.

Notably, I will definitely be including content on how to hone the Positivity Habit…one of my favorite areas! It’s worth noting that positivity is not just a ‘nice-to-have’ – it has been scientifically proven to bolster our chances for success and well-being on so many levels (mental, emotional and physical).

Scheduled to start late August (with the first call on me – complimentary) and more of the details coming soon. In the meantime,  you can read more about the program here.

Hope to ‘see’ you there!

For now, I’m wishing you a happy start to the summer. May your time be plentiful, well-spent and filled with joy, well-being and lots of ease along the way.

Webinar: Need a Boost in Your Career Mojo?

March 26, 2013

Do you love your work, like it – or maybe just tolerate it? Want to get a bit more mojo out of your worklife? If so, listen up! I will be presenting a webinar (complimentary and hosted by Canadian Professional Accountants Association/CPA)) on May 14 at 12:30 ET. The CPA has generously offered to make this available to the public. And if you can’t make the date you can still listen/view the recording anytime afterwards if you have registered. All you have to do is register here. Note: it will take you to the website and ask for your email (takes just a quick moment). Your email will not be shared — not even with me.

Details:

Do you see your work as a job, career or calling? There is no right or wrong answer. And your position doesn’t have anything to do with how you see and experience your work. However, the latest research shows that how you orient yourself to your work can have a direct impact on your level of job satisfaction. Understanding your own orientation to work can help you better manage your career and successfully craft the right work situation for you without necessarily changing jobs.

This webinar will shed light on powerful research about meaning and work – and will offer you strategies to help you get more meaning and satisfaction from your work-life. Be prepared for more than a few surprises of what you thought were conditions for happiness and fulfillment at work.

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Hope to ‘see’ you there! Register here!

And if you do want to join my mailing list – please note that the CPA will not be sending me emails so you would need to send me a separate note or click on the ‘join’ button on this site. Thanks!

And check out my new Big Cheese Coaching website where you can find more news (and more links to free webinars!).

To Career Mojo and a TGIMworklife!

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Do You Need a Title or Authority to be a Leader?

April 24, 2012

A big part of my coaching practice is related to leadership development. I coach leaders – of all levels – to bring the best of themselves to work (and life). My focus is to help individuals (and groups) optimize their personal, professional wellbeing and to recognize the impact they can have on others — and learn a whole bunch of personal/professional skills along the way.

But do you have to be an ‘official’ leader to lead? Do you need the authority to influence? The title – and formal position?

I don’t think you do. Authentic leadership is a skill and not a position. And it is essential for anyone who wants to bring their best to their work and life. 

This is the theme of a workshop I am facilitating tomorrow at the Administrative Professionals Conference in Toronto- called “10 Ways to Lead.”

Here’s a shout-out of thanks to Dr. Gail Levitt of Levitt Communications Inc. who invited me to this particular conference opportunity. Gail is a professional colleague whom I respect greatly – we share this similar philosphy about leadership.

I’ve always believed that leadership is not limited to one’s title. In fact, when I started Big Cheese Coaching in 2003, I chose the name “Big Cheese” to reflect my belief that we can all be ‘Big Cheeses” regardless of our positions if we access and develop our potential and hone our authentic leadership.

Sure there are oodles of skills to learn to be a great leader — and I love diving into those ‘buckets’ — but my message is: we all have a leader within. Own and hone your leadership and you will have a greater chance of leading/living your life by design and not default. Now who wouldn’t want that!?

Here’s to the leader within each of us!

TGIM Work+Life

Eileen

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Webinar: Bogged Down and Overwhelmed?

February 29, 2012

UPDATE (DEC 2013):  if the topic of managing overwhelm is of interest to you – I just launched a new book called, Ease – Manage Overwhelm in Times of Crazy Busy. You can get it at most online book retailers. Read here for more!

WEBINAR: Bogged Down and Overwhelmed? Tips and Strategies to Help Cope With it All. March 27th at 12:30pm (EST) — or listen to the recording anytime if you register. Cost: Free! Courtesy of CICA/CA Source Webinars.  Register here!

Email overload? Work pressure piling up? Too many requests – not enough time? Yeah, me too.

Having too much to do in work and life seems to be the new normal. The pace and volume of work-life demands is at an unprecedented level these days.  So when the CICA invited me to do another Webinar this year and asked me to suggest the topic, I thought this would be timely. Everyone I talk to these days seem to be juggling so much on their plate and dealing with frazzle, stress and overwhelm. And I have to confess – I do too!

The CICA (CA Chartered Accountants of Canada)  has been generous and opened up registration (for free) and for all. Thank you CICA!! You don’t have to be an accountant to join in. You simply have to register here. If you can’t make March 27th at 12:30 – no worries! If you register, you can listen in to recording afterwards at your own leisue.

I will be sharing oodles of tips and strategies. Some that I’ve learned from own practice having to cope with an incredibly busy work and life. As well, I’ll be drawing on great content I’ve learned in my studies in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. How to stay productive and on top if it all when each day gets busier and busier? How to maintain your optimism, resilience and Mojo? How to tame that darn Overwhelm Gremlin — and more!

Want to flourish — even when it’s crazy, busy? Sign up and join in!

Oh and by the way, if you are interested in some of the other CICA webinars I’ve done on ‘Giving Feedback’; “Addicted to Yes? Learn to say ‘No'”; “Beat the Worklife Blahs” then check out the archives here for recordings.

To a TGIM WORK+ LIFE — even when it’s too busy!

Eileen

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Step out of Judger Mindset to Give Effective Feedback

February 13, 2011

Further to my earlier posts on giving feedback, the Globe and Mail invited me to write up a Mentor Minute on this topic. Have a look if you’d like:  http://t.co/FTZy25D 

And see earlier post on my Webinar on this topic – if you missed the Webinar, you can still catch it via recording. See this page (workshops and webinars) for links to the Feedback webinar and a few others.

To feedback that fuels — and a TGIM work-life!

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Invitation (free Webinar): Giving Feedback that Fuels Success

January 12, 2011

UPDATEthis one hour webinar was first presented on January 27th . If you missed it, the recording is still available (and free!). Read on. 

Do you cringe with anxiety when you have to give someone some tough feedback? Do you avoid it? Or maybe you hold your breath, suck it up and try to get over it as quickly as possible. What about positive feedback? Do you give acknowledgement regularly? Meaningfully???

If  you said yes to any of these questions, then mark the date (January 27th at 12:30pm ET) and attend a free, one-hour Webinar that I’m presenting called: “Giving Feedback That Fuels Success.” Generously hosted by CICA as part of its Careervision Webinar series, it’s open to anyone who is interested. All you have to do is register in advance (takes a few seconds). You can listen live on the date, or access the recording anytime after.

Giving meaningful feedback is an essential part of a manager/leader’s role — but it doesn’t come naturally for many people. But with the right skills, know-how and attitude, feedback conversations can be turned into opportunities to develop people, improve performance and even build more trusting relationships.

See you there!

To a TGIM work-life!

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If You Attended the IFCA Conference…

October 18, 2010

On Monday, I presented the opening keynote presentation at the IFCA Conference A group of about a 100 communications professionals who work in the financial and insurance industry in North America gathered in Montreal for their annual conference. The topic of my presentation was “TGIM Work-Life” (sound familiar?).  It was a great group and I had a superb time exchanging ideas about ‘what it is to love your work’ and strategies for a TGIM work-life!

I promised I’d put together a package of past posts that reflect further on the ideas I presented. 

Here they are – enjoy! (and no worries if you were not at the conference, they are relevant for anyone interested in creating more success and fulfillment at work and life).

BY THE WAY…I also just discovered a cool new feature available now on this blog (thanks to WordPress!). If you send a comment on any of my posts, you will have the option of subscribing to this blog and receiving all future posts by email. Cool, eh? 🙂

The Perils of TGIF  

Tips to Make the Bigness of Monday Just a Little Lighter

 The Lizard Who Wouldn’t Eat (strengths)

Thank Gd it’s Monday

 Happiness is Contagious

 Bring Thanks to a Thankless Culture

 Ramp up the People Part of Your Leadership

 Finding Flow: Intense Work but Without the Struggle

Coaches Don’t Always Demand More Push-Ups (About Tribute Communities)

Are Smart Goals Dumb?

 To a TGIMworklife every day of the week!

Eileen

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TGIM worklife – especially this Monday!

October 16, 2010

Looking forward to Monday morning! Giving a keynote on TGIMworklife at IFCA’s annual conference.  See www.ifcaonline.com for more.

Will send a note on Monday with an update and a package of posts that reflect some of the themes in my presentation.

Back soon!

Eileen

To a TGIM Worklife….

Giving feedback that fuels success.

September 12, 2010

Giving feedback is a critical part of a leader’s job. I’ve written quite a bit about the importance of positive feedback and acknowledgement (see a few links below). But what about those times when you have to give some critical feedback? Perhaps an employee is falling short on their performance or their attitudes and behaviour aren’t up to par? How do you deal with those situations? Do you see feedback as a necessary evil and something to get over with quickly? Or do you see this as an opportunity to invest in your people and strengthen both the performance and maybe even engagement.

Canadian HR Reporter invited me to contribute an article for these scenarios. It’s just been published and I’m delighted to share it with you: Giving feedback that fuels success

I’d love to hear your feedback and any additional tips and experience you may have had. In the meantime, I am getting ready to deliver a workshop to a group of leaders at an organization related to this very topic this week. I will be focusing on “Performance Development” and teaching coaching skills that can be very helpful in the continuum of leadership development and particularly the leader’s role in developing people. We will be focusing on both actualizing conversations as well as those seemingly more difficult situations.  More about that in future posts.

Other articles I’ve written that you may be interested in:

 Ramp Up the People Side of Your Leadership

Bring Thanks in a Thankless Environment

That Time of the Year – Performance Reviews

To a TGIMworklife!

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Only Two Spots Left…

June 13, 2010

News from UNretiredLife…..

I can’t wait! I am counting down the days until my Retirement 2.0 Workshop on June 24th (with a follow-on program) — and putting the final touches on a really exciting program. What I’m most excited about is that I’ve got a great posse of people coming…..and before I forget, I want to share that I have just two spots left!

I call this “Retirement 2.0″ – because the “R” stage of life will be a very different version from what old versions of retirement used to be. As such, it calls for a very different kind of planning ……so this workshop will be UN-like any old retirement planning workshop too! What else would you expect from UNretiredlife?!

JUST TWO SPOTS LEFT! If you are interested – you will be getting this program at a very significant discount (as it’s a Pilot from the Big Cheese Lab). As well, you will be joining a great group of people who come from a variety of professional backgrounds and range in age from age 50  to about age 61. Mind you, these are not limits to the age range required – just a representation of who has said ‘yes’ to this invitation so far.

No worries if you feel you are many, many years away from full time retirement. In fact, most of the group participants are in the same boat. They are quite a few years away from the full-time “R- stage of life (retirement/UNretirement) but are getting ready to make (or plan for) some changes – perhaps from their current work-life and want to explore what’s next for them in the years ahead for both work and life.  As well, we’ve also got some people who have just stepped away from their first career and just starting to explore this new stage of life. They have lots of road ahead and want to explore their possibilities for both work and life too!

Get in touch if you’d like to hear more. ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT!

Remember, it takes planning to create a TGIMwork-life in all stages of life.  Are you ready?!