Category Archives: Work/Life balance

Organize Your Day For Success

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According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive.5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

I’ve always been a morning person, so reading articles like the one linked above suit me and make me feel pretty good about myself.  Now that I have a child, though, I do a lot before 8 am…but I don’t know how productive and successful I’m being.

Before the little one gets up in the morning, I pack her lunch, pack my pump, and put all work related stuff that I did the night before while she was sleeping away.  Then I have to get myself together (clothes on, teeth brushed, etc.) and sometimes, on amazingly sweet mornings, I can read a book for about ten minutes.

Alas, none of that is mentioned in the article, but it is good and I think I can make some adjustments to my schedule to fit some of it in.

Before 8 am, you should…

…exercise.  I don’t do this, I should.  I always say I’ll do it later, but we all know I won’t.  Pre-baby, I was all about working out before work, I’ve got to get back there.

…map out your day.  I was introduced to the Steven Covey method of organization early on in my professional career and it’s helped me tremendously.  I’m all about my to-do list.

…eat a healthy breakfast.  This is one thing I’ve gotten much better about post-baby.  Since we eat breakfast as a family in the morning, I can’t skate by with a donut anymore…I’ve got to set a good example!

…visualize.  I’m a church girl, so taking a moment out for prayer in the quiet moments of the day before things get crazy is pretty essential for me.  But I suppose whatever you do—meditate, journal, or just plain positive thinking—is a great way to see yourself and your day the way you want it to happen.

…make your day top heavy.  Do the crappy stuff first.  You won’t do it later, I promise.

Most of this stuff can be done with an infant in the home, which means it’s super doable.  Let’s get out there and be successful!

On The Inefficiency Of Multitasking

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This post from the Harvard Business Review’s blog is spot on, you should read it.  In The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time, the author talks about multitasking and why it really doesn’t work.

Consequences of multitasking
I’m a to-do list kind of lady, it helps me stay focused.  There are times when I can’t help but to get side-tracked from checking things off of my list.  Players may drop in the office, or my boss may pop in to chat about something, or an email may chime in demanding immediate attention.  But most times, I can script my day and I try to get as much done (I thing at a time) as I can.  Without my to-do list, I think I’d fall prey to multitasking.  Here are some downsides:

  • We become partially engaged in multiple things, but rarely fully engaged in one.
  • We increase our time to finish each task by 25%.
  • In a word: burnout.


I wrote about it in You Think You Can But You Can’t: On The Evils Of Multitasking if you’d like to see more info.

Changing group expectations
Part of society’s multitasking problem is it has become built in to our culture.  I get work emails and texts at nine, ten, or eleven o’clock at night.  Of course, I choose to look at my phone to check them…but why are they even being sent?  In my post, Step Away From The Computer: Why Unplugging Will Keep You Sane, I talk about creating time for ourselves by creating electronics-free time.  Here are three ways that we can help our teams understand the beauty of doing one thing at a time:

  • Maintain practice discipline.  We’ve got to show our players that they can be focused for an extended period of time…and not resort to their crutch phones to entertain them.
  • Stop expecting immediate responses.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets annoyed if I send an email or text and don’t hear back right away.  As if everyone in the world is sitting around staring at their computer or phone waiting to hear from me.  Not only is this attitude selfish, it’s a little arrogant as well.
  • Encourage rest.  Talking to our players about the benefit of resting, of really doing nothing should be something we deem important.  Physical, as well as mental, rest is essential for balance.


Changing personal expectations
How can we adjust our personal expectations so that we can find balance in our lives?  I wrote a post called, Take These 3 Steps To Become A More Effective Leader, based on a great article from The American Scholar called, Solitude and Leadership.  You should check it out, because it talks about how to counter this attitude that we always have to be “on”.  Here are three things we can do to change our personal mindsets about multitasking:

  • Do the most important stuff in the morning.  It’s funny, everyone here at work says the same thing:  I get more work done in the morning before everyone else gets into the office.  What if we planned our days in that manner?  We could close our office doors for an hour or so and be super productive.
  • Schedule strategic/creative time.  This way we’re not always reacting to situations, but being proactive.  I’m a big fan of assessing my seasons…I can’t do that if I’m always running around like my pants are on fire.
  • Take real vacations.  Going to Spain, but constantly checking your work email and texts doesn’t count.  A real vacation could be taking a week off to tend to your garden and not worrying about work stuff.


Full disclosure, I couldn’t even get through writing this post without checking my phone. As organized as I am, I can still be distracted by the various beeps and chimes of my phone.  How much quicker would we finish our to-do lists if we didn’t let outside things grab our attention?  I don’t know about you, but I’d like to find out.

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I Believe It Is Possible: Work-Life Balance

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The other day, my eyes were really heavy while driving…like I could have fallen asleep right at that moment if there were a bed handy.  The only problem is?  I was on my way to work!  Is work/life balance possible?  I think so!  Here are some of my thoughts on work/life balance, which is a hot button topic these days.

5 problems and 5 solutions to the work/life balance conundrum

I have a good friend, let’s call her Patricia, who is always lamenting why her career isn’t where she wants it to be.  She’s got a lot going for her…smart, beautiful, well-liked by others.  But if you hang out with her, she’s talking to you, texting people on her phone, listening to a webinar…all while trying to figure out what’s happening on Dr. Phil.  Besides feeling a little slighted that you can’t be the focus of her attention, you can understand why she’s not where she wants to be.  She’s all over the place all the time!  If you know a Patricia (or if you happen to be a Patricia), you should read You Think You Can But You Can’t: On The Evils Of Multitasking.  It gives five ways to combat technology and regain control of your life.  Speaking of technology…

So what do you have?  A work cell phone?  A personal cell phone?  And iPad?  An iPod?  A notebook?  A laptop?  And are they all sitting on your desk surrounding you?  Coaching is stressful…our jobs are a bit ridiculous when you really sit down and think about it.  So we’ve got to be intentional about creating time for ourselves and for our family and friends.  Step Away From The Computer: Why Unplugging Will Keep You Sane talks about some ways we can decrease our stress and create some great relationships as a result.  Speaking of making time for ourselves…

The issue of work/life balance is a hot topic amongst employers all over.  In my mind, true balance isn’t an option while I’m in season (I’m a Division III coach, we don’t get “help” with stuff), but I look at the year as a whole and strive for balance over the long haul.  I believe there are some things I can do for myself and others that will make each part of my life more enjoyable, in season or not.  The Great American Hoax: Work/Life Balance gives us four things we can do in order to achieve balance.  Speaking of making my life more enjoyable…

Do you think that sleep is more important than food?  If you asked me that question, I’d probably say, “it depends on what the food is!”, but check out What’s The 1 Thing You Need To Be Exceptional?.  I learned that lack of sleep lowers our ability to function so much so that Amnesty International has deemed sleep deprivation as torture.  Lack of sleep is so entrenched in the coaching culture that we accept it as normal.  But is it?  Check out this post to find out what burning the candle at both ends can do to us.  Speaking of not getting enough sleep…

5 Signs You’re Burned Out…And How To Turn It Around gives us five examples of what burnout looks like, but also three ways to beat it.  I think it’s always a good idea to take an honest look at how we’re going about our business and figure out how long we can operate like that without losing our love of the game.  The coaching profession is inherently tough, let’s do what we can to insure that we last as long as we can!  Speaking of lasting in the profession…

Women are able to lead Fortune 500 companies, but it’s still a commonly held belief in athletics that once a female coach gets married and has kids, that that’ll be the death of her career.  A great article, found on Harvard Business Review’s website, asserts that women must choose “a partner in part on the basis of whether that individual will be supportive of their power quest.”  In this case, the power quest is being successful in athletics…which is possible for the woman who has a supportive home base.  Read 3 Ways To Keep Females In Coaching and Athletics Administration to find out more.

Hopefully that will get us all thinking about how we can balance our multiple responsibilities in a healthier way.

6 Reasons I Love Coaching Sports

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I’m often amazed at how much I can write about coaching and never talk about a drill or an offensive scheme or a defensive strategy…there’s just so much to our wonderful profession.  To the point, there’s leadership and learning how to be great when greatness is required.  There’s also a place for coaches to practice what we preach and learn a little balance.  That’s just a bit of what the end of the A to Z series was all about.  Click away to read some of the alphabetical goodness!

The A to Z series: Letters U thru Z

It’s not often that I get to use the word “ubiquitous” and The 3 U’s Of Leadership was one of those times.  Leadership is a big topic and there are many thought leaders out there on the topic…this is one of my entries into the fray.

The Pyramid of Success and I are tight…we go way back.  The pyramid is designed to be a team’s road map to success.  While the peak isn’t competitive greatness (it’s success, silly), it’s certainly a strong measure of success.  I’d be hard-pressed to think of a team as successful if they weren’t also competitively great.  V Is For Victory: Cultivating Competitive Greatness talks about the three steps needed in order to be great when greatness is required.

As coaches, we’re all high achievers and think that we can do it all…but we can’t.  There are only so many hours in the day and only so many things that are truly high priority each day, we’ve just got to figure out what those are.  W Is For Work/Life Balance: How To Stay Sane In Season is a good reminder for all of us to remember that some stuff is going to get done while other stuff doesn’t…and that’s okay.

There’s a talent show on television that’s searching for the person with that “it” quality…something beyond just having ability.   That’s what the X Is For X-Factor: The Secret Of Success was all about.  We often know it when we see it, but what is the x-factor?  Read this post to find out!

I believe that sports are great for all kids.  The kids who are super athletic and love sports, as well as the artsy kids who think they’re not good at sports.  Why?  Because I believe in the lessons that sport teaches and they’re beyond just winning and losing…though that’s part of it.  Y Is For Youth Sports: 5 Reasons Kids Should Play Sports gives us five solid reasons why sports should be a part of every kid’s life.

As the title suggests, Z Is For Zenith: 8 Top Posts Of 2011 is about the articles that received the most love from the readers this year.  I won’t write a review of a review, you’ll just have to check it out to see for yourself!

That was the A to Z series, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  There’s so much to love about being a coach, I’m just happy I get to write about it here.

W Is For Work/Life Balance: How To Stay Sane In Season

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Please join me for a fun series.  My mission, and I’ve chosen to accept it, is to write a post based on each letter of the alphabet.  The English major inside of me is very excited about this project…and my inner nerd is even more fired up!  Keep checking back as I tackle the intangibles of sport…from A to Z.

“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” ~ Jim Rohn

What a great quotation!  Coaches work crazy hours and long hours…but let’s make sure that we’re getting the most from those hours.  I understand that telling this to an in-season coach is like poking an angry bear, but I’m doing it anyway!  Let’s strive to stay balanced so that we’re bringing incredible value to each hour we’re in the office.

4 things we all need so that we  don’t “lose it” while in season

  1. Organization.  I’ve found that most times when I’m feeling overwhelmed or like there aren’t enough hours in the day, I’m just flying by the seat of my pants instead of having a plan.  If I start the day thinking, “Oh my gosh, I’ve got so much to do and it’s all super important and there’s no way I’ll finish it all”…I’m going to have a bad day.  Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.  I have to remind myself that it’s impossible for it all to be super important (super important defined as having importance and a deadline)…that way I don’t forget to get my practice plan finished for the day.
  2. An understanding partner.  If we’ve got a family at home, they’ve got to give us a pass sometimes.  We may not be able to mow the lawn, or shovel the driveway, or make dinner, or vacuum the rug, or whatever the chore is that we’re supposed to do.  For me, I like to make dinner for my husband and family.  But sometimes it just can’t be done.  While I worry that if I don’t cook, they’ll just have pop tarts for dinner, I’ve come to grips with the fact that pop tarts won’t kill them…not right away at least.  A helpful partner is huge!
  3. The ability to stay present.  When I’m home, I’m home.  I’m not on the computer trying to get more work done.  I’m not on the phone calling recruits.  I’m not thumbing out texts to my team.  I’m talking about how my day went or sitting down to a nice meal (of pop tarts!) or dominating a game of Sorry with the family.  I’m gone too much to not be home when I’m at home.  Maybe you don’t have a family, but you’ve got amazing friends who miss you when you’re in season…maybe you can grab a cup of coffee with them for some non-shop talk.
  4. A willingness to shrug it off.  At the end of every day, I have things left on my to-do list.  When I come into the office, I move the old stuff to the new list.  This is one of the gems from Franklin Covey’s planning system.  I prioritize, do what I can, call it quits when necessary…and do it again the next day.  Sometimes I end up completing a task just because I’m sick of writing it day after day!  Some days, I check a lot off of my list.  Other days, I chat with my team and with my coworkers so much that not much of the list gets completed.  That’s okay, chatting is good for the soul!  There’s always tomorrow.


If we want to stay in coaching for the long haul, we’ve got to take care of ourselves.  Use these tips so that you can stay sane and try not to lose it.

E Is For Effective: Coaching More Than The Game

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Please join me for a fun series.  My mission, and I’ve chosen to accept it, is to write a post based on each letter of the alphabet.  The English major inside of me is very excited about this project…and my inner nerd is even more fired up!  Keep checking back as I tackle the intangibles of sport…from A to Z.

We know that we’ve got to be effective in practice and on game day…I’m sure at the beginning of our coaching careers, we all thought that was all we had to worry about!  Then we learned the truth, there’s more to coaching than the X’s and O’s.

On the surface, these topics may seem awfully close to tangibles…don’t worry, I can find the intangibles in the most concrete subject!  Let’s look at six areas where we must be able to carry our weight as coaches.

6 areas that require effectiveness from coaches

Recruiting.  Whether you’re a high school or college coach, recruiting will be your team’s life blood.  Having a well thought out coaching philosophy is essential in order to recruit new student-athletes onto your team.  Why do you do what you do?  What do you expect to accomplish?  What skills should your student-athletes expect to receive after their time with you is complete?  Knowing the answers to these questions will help your current players be advocates for you with their future teammates.  Check out this post: The 1 Thing You Need To Be A More Effective Recruiter.

Athletes.  As those NCAA commercials tell us often, most of our athletes aren’t going to be professional athletes.  So why should they play?  If the only goal is to become a professional at the sport and we’re telling them ahead of time that more than likely they won’t be…what’s the point?  I’d say that the intangibles they receive from sport are invaluable!  They learn to win and lose with grace, leadership, deal with various personality types, they’re high achievers, they understand how to put other folk’s interest ahead of their own.  That sounds great, right?  Check out this post: 5 Reasons Why Athletes Are More Prepared For The Real World.

Administration.  As coaches, we have to advocate for our players, our teams, and our programs.  That Advocacy will require us to do our homework.  Do the other teams in your conference have full-time assistants and you only have a part-timer?  Does your team travel in vans while the other teams get fancy wifi busses?  Does your locker room look like an middle school disaster while other teams have rooms with gorgeous wood-paneled lockers and big screen tv’s?  Are your facilities comparable with your competitors?  These are all conversations we should have with our administrators.  Check out this post about what administrators should want for their departments.

Alumni.  Alums are not only powerful because they have the loot, but because they have a voice with our institution’s leadership. They’re the folks that can put in a good (or bad) word about us as the coach and the direction our programs are going.  They can also be a resource for us.  Are you playing in a big game against an old rival?  How about asking your alumni to email the team about their recollections of their days on the court against that team?  Our alums want to help and to be involved, let’s give them space to do that!  Check out this post: The Making Connections Series: Alumni.

Faculty.  I think it’s pretty important that faculty respect what our athletes do every day in our gyms and on our fields.  These athletes choose our school not only for the great education that they’d receive, but also because they’d be able to compete athletically…that gives athletics an importance on campus that we don’t always feel.  Creating relationships with a few faculty members can go a long way to creating good will between academics and athletics.  Check out this post for more: The Making Connections Series: Campus.

Balance.  Finally, let’s show our teams that we can do our jobs with a bit of balance.  Of course there’ll be times when we’re in the office late making calls or watching video, but wouldn’t it be nice if because our athletes watched us…they wanted to coach?  If we can show them that we’re still able to work out, or knit, or hunt, or make dinner for the family, or whatever it is that we like to do…wouldn’t that be an awesome display of work/life balance for our teams?  Check out this post: How To Take Care Of Yourself And Give The Best To Your Team.

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Rediscovering The Value Of Sleep

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The coaching world is notorious for bad habits.  In season, we don’t eat healthy enough, exercise properly enough, or get nearly enough sleep.  Unfortunately, some coaches wear all of these things as a badge of honor, being sure to let everyone know that they were in the office until midnight and back in at six in the morning.  In a short TEDtalk (a little over four minutes) called How To Succeed? Get More Sleep, Arianna Huffington talked about three reasons why sleep is important for us.

3 reasons why getting enough sleep will make us better professionals

  1. Helps us see the big picture.  Whether you’ve got a couple of players battling it out for a position, or an opponent who presents a significant challenge, or just an athlete with poor technique…sometimes sleeping on it really does work.  As much as we hate to admit it, sometimes we’re too close to the problem and need to take a step back.  I like to chat with my assistant coaches and then all of us come up with an idea that we think will work to solve the problem.  We all bring it back to the group and come up with the best option.
  2. Releases the great ideas within us.  I’m a dreamer.  Not in the I-never-actually-get-anything-done way, but the I-wanna-change-the-world way.  All of our teams and seasons start with a dream.  We call them goals so that they sound a little more tangible than dreams.  I’ve woken up with great ideas about offensive and defensive systems, how to handle team “problems”, and even off the wall motivation techniques.
  3. Shows us that what’s good for us can be good for our greater community.  This is my plea:  coaches really do need to sleep.  We’ve got to be at our best so that we can be the best for our athletes, for our families, for our departments, and of course, for ourselves.  We’re not being selfish, we’re not being bad coaches, and we can still be successful if we get good sleep.


Changing the culture of athletics will require a paradigm shift, for sure.  But sleep deprivation isn’t the way to show we’re dedicated, creative, living healthily.  Neither should it be some sort of badge of honor we wear to show what hard workers we are.  Our team’s success and satisfaction with our program should be how we show our level of hard work…not when we clock in and out.

Want to hear more about sleep deprivation?  Check out my post, What’s The 1 Thing You Need To Be Exceptional?

Step Away From The Computer: Why Unplugging Will Keep You Sane

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Coaching is stressful…our jobs are a bit ridiculous when you really sit down and think about it.  So we’ve got to be intentional about creating time for ourselves and for our family and friends.  I read this great article over at bnet.com called, “How to Have a Healthy Digital Diet”, and I thought you guys would enjoy hearing some of the high points.  I think that as crazy as our jobs are, we’re adding more stress onto ourselves by our addiction to technology.  Let’s look at some ways we can decrease our stress and create some great relationships as a result!

6 ways to cut down on the feeling of stress in your life

  • Don’t send emails to the guy in the next office. We all know that context can’t be received via email, just like we all know that we’re super busy.  But are we really so busy that we can’t take time to walk down the hall and chat with a coworker?  Even if it’s just a follow up to an email that you sent.  Making a real connection could turn him from just a coworker into an ally.
  • Monitor your website distractions. Luckily I haven’t been bitten by the YouTube bug…I check it out and leave right away.  Same with Facebook and Twitter.  It’s too easy to get sucked in to seeing what folks have tweeted or updated.  Because of that, I have a strict no Facebook policy while I’m at work.  If I notice that someone has asked me something directly, I let them know that I’ll get back to them after work.
  • Use time management programs. Eek, these are scary!  There are apparently programs that will track how much time you spend on various websites and give you a report at the end of the day.  I don’t need written proof that I’m bopping around on J. Crew while I’m making recruiting calls!
  • Don’t leave “tech turds” on the table. I love that phrase!  You know those folks that sit down at the dinner table and promptly plop down their cell phone, face up, so that everyone knows just how important they are.  All it does is keep everyone from really connecting because our faces our on our phones rather than our dinner companions.
  • Spend more time in real relationships. How many couples come home and hop on the computer, giving their partner a cursory glance when they walk in the door?  Too many I fear.  How about we agree to take thirty minutes when we get home and actually talk to one another?  Crazy talk, right?
  • Set limits on cell phones and emailing. Most calls and emails aren’t urgent.  Now I do keep my phone on just in case someone from my team or from work calls late at night.  I figure it’s truly an emergency if I’m getting a late night call…it’s worth me picking up.  I’m not telling you not to call your mom back because you’re trying to wean yourself off of the phone.  I’m just saying that work is work, home is home…and maybe we could do a better job of keeping the two separated.


How hard to you think it’d be to go without Facebook, or Twitter, or your cell phone?  What if you didn’t use any of that stuff after 8 pm…could you do it?

What’s The 1 Thing You Need To Be Exceptional?

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Sleep.

Research shows that most people, 95% to be exact, need seven to eight hours of sleep.  So why are we staying up too late and getting up too early and depriving ourselves of our much needed sleep?  Because we’re getting after it?  I’ve written here and here about being burned out…but that happens after a whole lot of sleep deprivation and can be prevented.  In an article on the Harvard Business Review’s blog, Sleep Is More Important Than Food, we can read about the effects of being stingy with our sleep patterns.  Lack of sleep lowers our ability to function so much so that Amnesty International has deemed sleep deprivation as torture.  Lack of sleep is so entrenched in the coaching culture (I have a coffee press in my office…primed and ready to go!) that we accept it as normal.  But is it?  Let’s look at what burning the candle at both ends can do to us.

Here are 3 areas of our lives that lack of sleep affects

  • Physical health. According to the article, Sleep Deficit: The Performance Killer, lack of sleep hurts us physically…everything from high blood pressure to obesity.  Everything I’ve read says we’re driven to require sleep by some mechanism inside of us, much like hunger pangs drive us to eat.
  • Team health. No one on your team will tell you this (because they’re afraid of you, Grumpypants), but you’ve been a bit irritable lately.  Lack of sleep affects our personalities and sense of humor…that player who always makes you laugh just won’t cut it when you’re tired from not getting enough sleep.
  • Work health. Here’s a quotation from the article:  We continue to live by a remarkably durable myth: sleeping one hour less will give us one more hour of productivity. In reality, the research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity. So we’re not being more productive on less sleep, we’re actually taking longer to do tasks (and making more errors) than we would while properly rested!  Think of it this way, we spend all day thinking and creating and generally exhausting our brains…and sleep is the time to revamp so that we can do it all again.


So go to bed, you’re not any less tough by giving in to the Sandman.  Your team, your coworkers, and your body will thank you!

You Think You Can But You Can’t: On The Evils Of Multitasking

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The Seattle Times had a nice article about multitasking called, Multitasking Hurts The Brain’s Ability To Focus, Scientists Say.  The title kind of gives away the gist of the article, but it talked about how our tech society is changing the workforce and altering our brains.  Every one of us thinks that we’re multitasking rock stars, but every article that I read on the subject seems to say that that is not true.  We’re multitasking ourselves into ineffectiveness.  Today, I’ll focus on two of the consequences and five antidotes to multitasking.

2 consequences of multitasking

  • Important stuff doesn’t get done and important people get ignored. The article talked about the power of the chime…you know the one.  It lets you know when you have an email or a text or a Facebook message.  The chime is so powerful that you will stop doing work that is interesting, important, and required of you just to see what’s behind it.  Think about the number of work stoppages each of those chimes represents and you’ll see why you get to the end of your day and wonder why nothing’s gotten accomplished.  And if your family is used to playing second fiddle to the chime, that’s bound to be a topic of intense convo in the future.
  • You get stressed out because of too much information. What if all of those chimes represented something that you’ve got to do…a “to-do” list item?  I think that it would get a little overwhelming.  It used to be that when you went home, you didn’t know what emails came to you after hours.  Now we find out right away…and to an extent that’s good.  But that just means we can never shut off our brains from what needs to be done.  And it all seems important…even when it’s not.


5 ways to combat technology and regain control of your life

  • Silence your phone. And put it out of site.  Amazingly enough, those Facebook messages aren’t life or death…and they’ll still be there later.  Even if it’s just for an hour at a time, that’ll be a super productive hour!
  • Set time limits. Maybe you say that you won’t turn the computer on before breakfast and it has to be turned off by nine o’clock at night.  Whatever your parameters, it’s good to have an idea of what’s tech time and what’s connect with actual human beings time.
  • Have a desire to get offline. One of the subjects of the article says that he has to battle the pull of his iPhone…he says that he has to work to suppress the urge to constantly check his phone.  And that’s the key: wanting to be present and focused on what’s happening now and not only what’s happening in the computer or in your phone.
  • Be a thinker. I wrote an article about leadership (Take These 3 Steps To Become An Effective Leader) that talked about multitasking being counter to thinking.  Meaning that we become so focusing on doing, doing, doing which keeps us from thinking and being innovative.
  • Organize your day. In 4 Rock Solid Ways To Get More Stuff Done, I talked about how to manage your time through organization.  The tips were: create to-do lists, do the stuff you don’t want to do first, put time limits on activities, and focus (which talked about the distracting chime!).


Give it a whirl and see what you think…and hopefully you weren’t checking your phone and email while you were reading this!

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