Your working conditions can have a greater impact on your sense of well-being and on your productivity than you might realize. When you're not in the right environment for you, it doesn't matter what you do, things won't be quite right. Even the people you love will not be as lovely to you if you're not in an environment that nourishes you.Read More
Good self (or body) care is not an after-hours event, but a regular practice of mindfulness that starts with careful consideration of the projects, clients and work you pursue or accept and ends with awareness of your body’s need to move, eat and rest.Read More
Picture a rubber band for a moment. With very little tension it sits there “doing nothing,” lying on your desk somewhat formless and lifeless. At first glance, you might think it's not very useful in this state. However, I'd like to think that the rubber band at rest could be equated to the moments in our lives when we are quiet and calm, either in a meditative state or enjoying a good night's sleep.Read More
Compared to the allure of, let's say, doubling your income in 90 days, improved self-care practices are not usually as interesting or compelling to business owners. However, deliberate, routine self-care practices ultimately translate into focus. Focus makes a real difference in achieving sustainable business growth. There’s an old story in the coaching world, or perhaps it’s an urban legend; I am not sure. It’s a story about an executive who was lamenting his lack of time for golf. He hired a coach to help him become better organized and more productive so that he could take time off for golf one afternoon a week. Much to his surprise, the coach told him tostart scheduling his weekly golf date first. Low and behold, upon taking this one action, the executive found it easier to organize his priorities and improve his focus during the hours remaining for work.
What’s at work here? Happiness, perspective and rejuvenation. The less time you give to work, the less time it will take. The happier you are, the greater your interest and motivation to work when it's time to work. The more refreshed you are, the easier it is to make decisions about what's really important to success. And so on and so on.Read More