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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.

News Release: New book (Ease) — Manage Overwhelm in Times of Crazy Busy

December 24, 2013

News Release:

(Note: republished from my Big Cheese Coaching blog)

 

Are times of ‘crazy busy’ now the new normal? According to Eileen Chadnick, a leadership and work-life coach and author of a new book, Ease, the season of rush is now year-round. Demands of work and life continue to accelerate to unprecedented levels.  In Ease, Chadnick offers strategies to manage overwhelm in times of “crazy busy”.

 

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“Overwhelm has become an equal-opportunity issue. Leaders of all levels and employees across the board are confronted with unprecedented levels of demands at work and in life. To successfully navigate the challenges of the day, we need to ramp up skills – not just the technical skills of work but also mental, personal, and emotional skills,” says Chadnick.

 

“With the right practices, one can develop new habits and more productive approaches to manage the loads, rein in the stress, and experience greater personal and professional well-being.”

 

Ease: Manage Overwhelm in Times of “Crazy Busy”:

 

In Ease, Chadnick deconstructs overwhelm from a mind-brain-body perspective and provides a toolkit of ideas that are deceptively simple yet draw from the wisdom of neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and the science of positivity. Three major areas addressed are:

 

1)      Mind Full: Organize and focus with the brain in mind

 

2)      Mindful: Develop conscious and empowering mindsets

 

3)      Mood matters: Leverage the positivity advantage

 

“Ease offers strategies that are straightforward and not at all difficult or complex. While some are even embarrassingly simple they are compelling reminders of what we may already know but often forget to apply in moments of stress and overload,” says Chadnick.

 

Despite the simplicity, Chadnick’s guidance provides an overlay of neuroscience with some basic brain-friendly principles giving rigor to the approaches.  With each ‘tool’, Chadnick shares stories from her own life as well from a decade of coaching clients. Bringing a light-hearted tone to her narratives, Chadnick shares how making potato knishes helped defrost a brain freeze; how keeners can better manage the ‘paradox of choice at the buffet of life’;  how we can all benefit from injecting more micro moments of positivity in our daily lives – and much more.

 

Readers will:

 

  • Learn to organize the burdensome loads and pre-empt the ‘Mind Full” syndrome.
  • Work with more “brain in mind” savvy and become more ‘mindful’
  • Develop more empowering thinking.
  • Leverage the positivity advantage and become more resilient, creative and resourceful.
  • Experience more ease and well-being in work and life

 

“Ease is about more than getting things done. Ease will help you reclaim your spark even in times of great challenge and crazy busy,“ says Chadnick.

 

About Ease:  Ease is available in most major online retailers in North America and comes in soft cover, hard cover and an e-book. See www.Easerx.com for more information on how to get Ease; and to read advance testimonials.

 

About the Author: Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC is a certified coach and principal of Big Cheese Coaching in Toronto. She coaches leaders and organizations towards achieving greater personal, professional and organizational well-being.  She draws from emotional intelligence, the science of positivity and neuroscience. She has more than 20 years experience in diverse careers including professional coaching, communications and fitness.  See here for a more detailed bio.

 

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

 

Preview copies of Ease are available. Photos available (author photo, Ease book, etc.)

 

GET IN TOUCH:

 

Eileen Chadnick (416) 631-7437

 

Eileen@bigcheesecoaching.com 

 

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3 Ways to Get Ease. Literally. My book is here!

November 18, 2013

Note: This was first published on my Big Cheese Coaching blog

I just received my first hard copies of my new book, Ease , last week! I’ve had many people share with me they were looking forward to reading Ease so here I am with the good news:

It’s Ready. Come and Get It! (please and if you like 🙂

This is so very exciting for me. See the pic below of me signing my first book for Terry Fallis* who has so generously provided some publishing savvy tips and guidance to me — and took the time to read Ease and offered some advance praise.

Terry Fallis shows Eileen the tricks of the tradeTerry Fallis shows Eileen the tricks of the trade*Terry Fallis shows me the ropes – how to properly sign a book! Terry is the award-winning author of The Best Laid Plans and cofounder of Thornley Fallis Communications.

Ease is now available to order from several major online book retailers. In the weeks and months ahead, Ease will be available at thousands of online retailers globally. Right now, many of the major retailers are posting it. See links below.

There are three formats: hard copy (my favorite); soft cover and e-book. Currently not all online sites are posting the e-book just yet (but more will in the weeks ahead).

If you go to a site directly, rather than searching for ‘Ease’ type in “Eileen Chadnick” and it will take you to the Ease page if it’s posted. Better yet, check out these links below and they will take you directly to the Ease page. Note: pricing varies so look for the best deal!

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

i-Universe

Books-a-Million (Bam)

There are and will be more availability in the weeks ahead. Do check out my book website ‘buy’ page for more details on retailers and delivery timing (especially if buying Ease as a holiday gift).

Would love to hear your feedback! Please share and help spread the word.

Here’s to a TGIM work life with abundance and Ease.

Eileen

Update on Ease (my book)

October 28, 2013

Note: this was first published on my Big Cheese Coaching blog

 

UPDATE ON EASE – Pre-launch News:

The T’s are crossed. The i’s are dotted. The book is now in the stages of design, production and….drum roll please: closer to launch.

For those of you subscribing to my newsletter, you have heard me talk about a book I’ve been working on for quite some time. Much of the past months (year) have been about writing, editing, etc. Well it’s time for a shout-out:

COMING SOON!

Ease Book Cover V2 (as of Aug 27)

(Book Design Concept by H2 Marketing Central)

The front cover concept above is not yet 100% final because we may be tweaking the words on the bottom and I’ll have more to share as we finalize the back cover too.  But it’s pretty close.  And a huge shout-out of thanks to H2 Marketing Central who designed this cover concept. Looks good eh?!

In the meantime, I’ve been receiving some stellar advance praise — I can’t wait to share with you (stay tuned for an upcoming post on this).  And more good news: Ease has also been awarded an ‘Editor’s Choice” from an independent panel associated with the publishing company I am working with. This is a thumbs up on the editorial quality — I’ve gone the self publishing route so this is a very important stamp of approval by a panel of industry editors. Well – that puts me at ‘ease’ to say the least!

Gotcha curious? Make sure you come back and visit soon….I’ll be sharing more news about the launch of Ease in the weeks ahead as we get closer to take off.

So what’s Ease all about? If you haven’t heard me speak of this before read on for a little description….

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EASE

Do you ever find yourself asking, “Where did the day go? Where did the week go? Where did the years go?” Do you look at the stuff you have to do and ask, “How the heck will I get all this done? How will I survive this week, month, year? Where did all the fun go?”

Do you sometimes feel bogged down and overwhelmed by it all? We live in times of unprecedented busyness. Having too much to do in work and life seems to be the new normal these days.

Ease offers strategies to manage overwhelm in times of ‘crazy busy’.
The heart Ease is a toolkit that you can customize for your own personal and professional well-being.

Ease offers hundreds of deceptively simple ideas and tips backed up by the rigours of neuroscience, emotional intelligence and the science of positivity. You can pick your spots with simple ways to make work and life flow with more ease, productivity and fulfillment.

More than just getting things done – Ease will help you reclaim your spark even in times of “crazy busy”. 

  • Learn to better organize the burdensome loads with a “brain in mind” approach.
  • Become more mindful and develop conscious, empowering mindsets that will energize and empower you.
  • Develop the positivity advantage and become more resilient, creative and resourceful.
  • Experience more ease and well-being in work and life

Coming soon! It will be available from book vendors across North America.

Stay tuned for more…..

Eileen Chadnick