What Would You Do With A Break From Work?

What Would You Do With A Break From Work?

What would you do with a break from work?

Not just a long weekend or two weeks of paid vacation, (which is usually spent on a trip that’s anything but restful.)

Instead, we’re talking about an extended period of time away from your day job: a month, six months, maybe even a year. We’re talking about a sabbatical.

When we think of sabbaticals, we often think of academics taking a year off from teaching for research or writing. But what if the concept of sabbatical is more universal than we think?

The word “sabbatical” actually comes from a Biblical concept called “the Sabbath,” which means “to rest” or “to cease.” Wikipedia gives us a more modern definition: “In recent times, "sabbatical" has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something.” Sabbaticals can be about more than rest: it’s about giving yourself space to get those creative juices flowing and inspire fresh ideas for your job. What we’re often craving is creativity.

Now, you’re probably thinking something along the lines of “that sounds great, and I could totally benefit from an extended break from work, but I have to pay the bills, I don’t have anyone to take over, I don’t want to risk being replaced at work…” and the list of reasons to keep slogging away goes on.

Yes, taking more than a few weeks away from work is unrealistic for some people. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an idea with merit, and more possible for you than you might think.

Here are a few ways to work the concept of a sabbatical into your life, whether you can afford a months-long break from work or not:

  1. Understand why you want to take a break. Yes, there’s likely an element of burnout. And so you may just need some genuine rest. What else would you like to do? Travel? Learn a new skill? Help out a family member in a transition? Make a list of all those things you want to achieve in your life: which of them will require some dedicated focus?

  2. Have a conversation. If your workplace is like most in America, the idea of a sabbatical is - at best - never discussed at best and - at worst - taboo. Try opening up a conversation about it. Your employer might be more open to some bounded time away than you think. (Additional tip: when you have this conversation, don’t just say you need a break. Highlight the benefits to the company like a renewed sense of focus or improved skills (for example: if you’ll be using the time to travel, you’ll get a better pulse on the international market)). You may not walk away with 6 months off paid, but you may have planted a seed that over time will grow.  

  3. Actually make use of regular “sabbatical” opportunities. You may not be able to take months off from work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stop, rest, and refresh your mind each workday. Fewer than 20 percent of American workers regularly step away from their desk at lunch, and over half never use their paid vacation, often because they feel it isn’t allowed in their workplace culture. You may think never taking a break makes you look more productive, but in reality regular breaks make you more productive at work. Whether it’s a quick lunch away from your cubicle or a brisk 15-minute walk around the block, making sure you take at least one break each day can build a sabbatical mentality into your workday and get your creative juices flowing. Then build up to taking a full day off from email and social media.

Ultimately, whether hard working individuals start taking advantage of sabbaticals or not, it’s time to change our culture of relentless overwork.  If we want to spark the creativity required to solve the real problems facing our world today, we need to recognize that our bodies and our minds were not made for endless, grueling workdays.

We need more examples of successful professionals taking sabbaticals to inspire others to slow down, rest, and remind our workplaces that allowing workers to take a break can benefit their bottom line, too.

Is it time for you to take a sabbatical? What can you do to build some rest into your workday? Leave a comment and let us know!

Four Steps to Stop Procrastinating by Tax Day

Four Steps to Stop Procrastinating by Tax Day

April 15 is just 20 days away. Have you filed your taxes yet?

Maybe you were eager to find out how big that tax refund will be (or learn just how much you owe Uncle Sam) and filed your taxes last month. Good work! But for most Americans, taxes are messy, dredging up financial realities we try to ignore but once a year. We naturally procrastinate, filing them at the very last minute.

If we’re honest, we procrastinate a lot, about all kinds of things… especially at work.

While procrastination can feel like a major personal shortcoming, procrastinators aren’t alone: we’re psychologically hardwired to put off difficult tasks and decisions. It’s another symptom of “fight or flight” - we’ll do what it takes to avoid an emotionally draining or mentally complex situation, making excuses along the way.

Of course, procrastination can be lethal at work. Apply these tips to help you have the greatest impact during your workday - or even to finally finish your taxes!

Prioritize

The first step to tackling procrastination is to accept your internal resistance to completing the task. Often, the overwhelm of everything on our to-do list paralyzes us. Instead, ask yourself what is the one item you must accomplish today. Just get yourself to do that. And oftentimes crossing just one thing off your list can give you the momentum you need to keep going.

Block Out Your Time

One procrastination tactic is to let every beeping notification, every new email or interruption by a coworker distract you from what you need to accomplish. Try blocking out your time each day, starting with an hour to accomplish your most mentally challenging task. Put it on your calendar, let your colleagues know. Then schedule an hour after lunch for catching up on your inbox and consolidate meetings in the afternoon. By scheduling your time in blocks, you can prevent distraction and make sure you accomplish your top priorities.

Schedule Breaks and Rest

Mental exhaustion is real, and the more tired your brain, the easier it will be to procrastinate. As you’re blocking out you schedule, make sure you include regular breaks at least half an hour for lunch (away from your desk!). Take a walk to get the creative juices flowing. Then, at the end of the day, turn off your devices and truly rest. You will feel more energized and ready to tackle your priorities tomorrow.

Manage Burnout

Mental exhaustion can easily grow into full-fledged burnout, especially in our always-on, 50-plus-hour-workweek culture. Assess how you currently spend your time: how many hours per day are you working? And how many of those hours are truly focused, efficient and most importantly: effective? Think of how many hours you could take back from your workday if you stopped procrastinating. By rethinking your workday, you can accomplish more in less time and prevent not just procrastination but long-term burnout. Not sure where to start? We can help!

It is possible to stop procrastinating, accomplish more than ever before and truly enjoy your workday. By implementing these four steps, you can stop procrastinating by Tax Day and maybe even give yourself a “refund” of a few extra hours in your day!

Why Your Workplace Needs More Diversity

Why Your Workplace Needs More Diversity

February is Black History Month, and we would be remiss if we didn’t address the importance of race and culture in the workplace. If we want to both work hard and live well, understanding differences in how we act and think - and why - is crucial.

We all laughed at Michael Scott’s bungling of “Diversity Day” in the second episode of The Office. But there’s always truth in comedy, right? Frankly, honoring diversity in the workplace is easier said than done.

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Do You Love Your Work?

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Do You Love Your Work?

It turns out the origin of Saint Valentine is a little… well, nebulous to say the least. Nonetheless, we use the name to celebrate love on the 14th of February! I remember my parents buying us small gifts for Valentine’s Day, I’ve celebrated “Galentines” Days, and I now enjoy the nudge Valentine’s Day provides to tell my husband, children and friends how much they mean to me.

I hope you are able to love and be loved next Wednesday!

That love is part of the “why” behind MatchPace. I love my family, and I also love my work. But I struggled to do work I loved in a way that didn’t interfere with my ability to be present with my family. I didn’t want to be away from my children 40-50 hours a week, but I found it hard to find a part-time professional position because in our workplace culture, “part-time” usually communicates “partial effort.”

But I know that’s not true. This study of nearly 2,000 white-collar professionals in the UK in 2013 showed our time spent doing actual productive, content-related work is less than 3 hours each day. Other studies show 61% of our time at work is spent managing our work, not actually completing it.

So instead of part time communicating partial effort, “full time” should communicate too many unproductive hours that could be spent on other important priorities like family, volunteering and hobbies.

And those wasted hours drive talented people from the workforce. Long, unproductive days burn them out, make their relationships complicated, and make it difficult to invest in their health and wellbeing. Most people can’t afford to take part-time jobs because of the associated pay cut, but hours at work that aren’t associated with productive outcomes in a full-time job keeps them from the things that are so important to them.

I bet you have many things you love: a partner, or children, or a cause you love to volunteer for. And I’d guess you don’t want to spend 50% or more of your day wasting time at work: tasks that take longer to accomplish than they should, or surfing the internet, or meetings that are no longer helpful, or waiting for your boss to ask you to do something urgent.

I don’t want people to sacrifice personal relationships for work. And I don’t want people to give up meaningful work because of they don’t have time for their personal relationships.

So in the spirit of MatchPace, let’s share a little more love this month by loving our jobs, working hard at them, and then living well and loving the other things in your life that are important to you.

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Don't Set New Goals Before Doing These Four Things

Don't Set New Goals Before Doing These Four Things

Earlier this month, we encouraged you to start 2018 by looking back at the year behind you and asking some key questions to evaluate your goal-setting track record and set yourself up for success.

Have you set any goals for 2018? It’s not too late - the best time to start is now!

Whether your goals are in place or you need a jump start, here are four strategies to creating no-fail goals that will catapult you forward in 2018.

1. Know your value. The purpose of goal setting isn’t just to keep you on track and help you grow and perform. Your goals also demonstrate and increase the value you bring to your role.  Is your value intensive (a specific skill you’ve cultivated - being a communications expert or an expert chef) or extensive (you’re a connector and motivator helping to move projects forward or keeping track of all the things going on as the family logistician)? Both types of value are uniquely important to an organization, and will affect how your goals look.

At both MatchPace and in my family, I have goals for the growth I want to see this year. In both places, the value I’m looking to add is to be more “present” - more focused, more available, less scattered. This helps me set the right kind of goals for the year. Instead of trying to grow a specific skill set, my goals are focused on prioritizing and managing my time and increasing my productivity.

My role in those organizations is extensive. In both places I am a “jack of all trades.” At MatchPace I am developing relationships with clients, running engagements, involved in communications and the financial operations. At home I am making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time, fed, and dressed, as well as being involved in our family communications and our financial operations!

My greatest value to both places is to be present and focused, and to be aware of most everything going on. I am not our communications expert at MatchPace (but Caitie is!) and I am not the laundry expert in our house (but we have someone who is!).

2. Acknowledge what you’ll say no to. This is a tough one for me, but likely the most important. I always want to add more and more to my life: more goals, more adventures, more time with people I love. But instead, I add more things and end up overwhelmed.

To support my value to MatchPace and my family, to be more present, and more focused, one thing I’ve recognized is it means I need to get more - and better - sleep. It means I have to say “no” to other things, like puttering around after the kids go to bed. I like that time alone, and Andy and I are doing things like getting lunch ready for the next day or straightening up,  but the truth is we spend it doing low-value activities and don’t actually feel wound-down and ready for quality sleep. Of course, those daily chores have to get done at some point, so what else do we have to give up to make space to do those things before 9:30 at night?

It’s hard to give up something else that has a value to you, but in the name of accomplishing the more important goal, you have to make the hard decision and know what to cut out so the time you do have is spent wisely. We don’t have an answer yet, but we know we have to give up some things in our days to make space in our evenings, so we can sleep better and be more present.

3. Find the right metrics. Use your evaluation from 2017 to help shape not only the goals you set for 2018, but how you measure them. If my goal was to “get to bed earlier,” that’s not really something I can keep track of. But if it’s to be totally ready for bed (defined as lunches packed, teeth brushed, in bed reading) by 9:30 is something I can measure. Keep it simple, keep it measurable.

4. Create your own scorecard. Don’t just set new goals and forget them. You need a plan in place to monitor, adjust, and most importantly communicate your progress toward those goals. Not only will a scorecard based on metrics that fit your value and goals help you stay on track, if you share your progress with your supervisor, your spouse, or a friend, they will have a clear picture of how you are doing and how they can help. To keep this blog from getting any longer, I’ll save the science behind building habits for another time. But here’s a score-card you can use to mark off each time you work toward your new measurable goal. Keep marking them off (don’t freak if you miss a day) and before you know it, you’ll be hitting those goals!  

With these steps, you’ll set yourself up for goal-setting success in 2018.

Ready to Win 2018? First, Look Back

Ready to Win 2018? First, Look Back

Here we are, a week into 2018! Have you made any resolutions? How are they going? Still going strong, or have you already “screwed them up?” Maybe you think if you didn’t set your resolutions on January 1, it’s too late to bother (like me!). Or are you someone who doesn’t bother with resolutions because you think they’re silly, or just a chance to beat yourself up?

There’s something fresh about something new - a new year, a new job, a new place to live. It’s a opportunity to reflect, to consider, and to try to do things differently.

So even if you think New Year's resolutions are silly, you likely still feel a slight pull to consider what has come before and how 2018 might look different.

Even if you don’t call them “resolutions,” are you ready to do the work to achieve bigger and better things in 2018? When you’re intentional about refocusing and setting smart goals, a new year can mean a fresh start - with or without resolutions.

Take a few minutes and look back to 2017 (no, it’s not too late!). Most of us think of December, or the end of our organization’s fiscal year, or our own birthday as the time to reevaluate goals. But often those times are full of distractions - parties, gifts, end-of-year financial reports. Then you miss the window and think it’s too late.

The reality is it’s always a good time to evaluate, so don’t let the fact that you didn’t get to it in December stop you from taking a look back now.

Before you launch into “new year, new you” it’s helpful to evaluate what has come before. Some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Have you tried to accomplish other goals (or even the same goal) in the past?

  • Why did you or didn’t you hit those goals? Did you have systems in place to help you follow through, or did life’s curveballs throw you off course?

  • What strategies helped you achieve past goals?

  • Were your metrics (how you judged success) helpful? Did they provide you with the information you needed to determine if you made progress, and if not, why?

In our next blog, we’ll talk about how to hit those 2018 goals (we promise, it’s not too late to start!). For now, take a few minutes and evaluate your goal-setting track record so you can make adjustments and develop new systems to keep you moving forward.

All I Want For Christmas Is Time

All I Want For Christmas Is Time

I went for a walk with a friend a few weeks ago. She said her in-laws had asked what she wanted for Christmas. She sighed and said, “All I want for Christmas is time.”

She’s not alone. We’re working longer hours, concerned about the future, and struggling to check off our to-do lists each day.

The holiday season in particular is ripe with opportunity to feel overwhelmed and stressed by shopping lists, social commitments, family dynamics and the race to meet those annual goals at work.

Can we really give ourselves the gift of time?

The short answer: yes. When we view time as a valuable, non-renewable resource, we can start to organize our days, including our workdays, in a way that respects the limited time we have each day and give us some of those precious hours back to spend on family, friends, and making our world a better place.

Here are three steps to give yourself the gift of time this holiday season:

The Outcome-Focused Workplace: “Try It For A Week” Week

The Outcome-Focused Workplace: “Try It For A Week” Week

As workweeks stretch 50, 60 or more hours long for many Americans, we’ve got to wonder if these extra hours spent slaving over a desk or chained to our smartphones is actually helping us be more productive. In fact, research tells us that working excessive hours actually makes people less productive, not more.

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What if the solution to inefficiency and burnout isn’t simply working less, but working differently? How would your workweek look if your goal wasn’t to clock a certain number of hours, but to achieve specific outcomes and then go home and unplug?

Employee Burnout Is Sabotaging Your Workforce

Employee Burnout Is Sabotaging Your Workforce

Happy November! We can’t believe 2017 is rapidly coming to a close. On the blog this month we’re talking about burnout: why it happens and how to avoid it. Stay tuned for a special Thanksgiving-themed blog later this month, too!

Burnout.

We’ve all felt it. Exhausted, overwhelmed, depleted... burned out.

In fact, 95 percent of HR leaders reported that employee burnout is sabotaging their workforce.

What is behind such pervasive burnout? Are we simply working too many hours each week, or is the way we work the problem?

Here are some of the reasons why your employees are burning out like a firework.

Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Employees Engaged

Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Employees Engaged

We admit: our last two blogs have been pretty negative. But knowing that nearly 70% of American workers are tuned out at work, we felt it was important to help employers and managers understand why employees are disengaged and how employee disengagement hurts your business.

Now that we’ve identified the problem, it’s time to turn to solutions. We don’t believe employee disengagement has to be the new norm, so here’s how we can all be part of the solution.

Here's Why Your Employees Are Disengaged At Work

Here's Why Your Employees Are Disengaged At Work

Employee disengagement hurts your organization. From team morale to the bottom line there are emotional and financial costs to having a disengaged workforce.

Last week, we gave you five ways employee disengagement is hurting your organization. That’s the first step to attacking your problem - understanding why it is a problem for you. The next step is to understand why these employees are feeling unmotivated at work. Until you know that you can’t create an effective strategy for re-engaging those employees.

While each team is unique, the fact that so many people (70%) are anywhere from less than enthused about their jobs to outright seeking to sabotage their place of employment, means there are some key trends that can help you diagnose and treat the problem.

Take a look - do you think any of these issues are living beneath the surface at your organization?

Read the five common reasons employees are disengaged at work.

Five Ways Employee Disengagement is Hurting Your Business

Five Ways Employee Disengagement is Hurting Your Business

We’ve all heard the staggering statistic: according to Gallup, only 33 percent of all American workers feel engaged at their jobs. That means 67 percent - nearly 7-in-10 - workers in America are somewhat disengaged at work, if not disengaged entirely.

Look around yourself, at your job, or at the next business you walk into. Does your team have engagement issues? What about the team at your doctor’s office or your mechanic shop - where quality work greatly influences your life!

Chances are - your team, and organizations that you care about and need in your life, have an employee engagement problem.

Here are five reasons your employees might be disengaged and why it's hurting your business.

How to Achieve Your Goals Without Trying

How to Achieve Your Goals Without Trying

Earlier this month, we talked about setting SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. This is a tried-and-true strategy for setting goals that you can achieve and a plan to make them happen.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes setting goals simply isn’t enough for me.  What happens when you set SMART goals and find yourself getting frustrated or falling short?

Knowing what you want is one part of the equation towards accomplishing your goals. And systems can be the missing link between goals that remain unattained and those that are achieved or even exceeded.

Read how to implement systems that make achieving your goals painless. 

Why You Should Set "New Year Resolutions" in September

Why You Should Set "New Year Resolutions" in September

Several years ago, I started doing something a bit unusual: setting my “New Year Resolutions” in September. My birthday is in September, so it feels natural to start *my* new year this month. And September feels like a fresh start for many ways: a transition out of summer, when schedules and routines were relaxed for fun in the sun; back to school (or re-focusing at work); cooler nights and fresh autumn mornings.

In fact, I think you should be setting goals in September regardless of if you set them at the start of the year. This is a great time to reassess your progress for the year and realign how you’re spending your time to ensure you accomplish what is necessary by calendar year’s end. This is especially true at work, where you likely have year-end goals for yourself and your team (and maybe even bonuses contingent on achieving them).

But simply moving your goal-setting to September won’t guarantee you set good goals and achieve them. That’s why I rely on SMART goals - goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely - to help me make a plan for success. Here’s an example. (Click to read more!)

What Does Labor Day Mean to You?

What Does Labor Day Mean to You?

For most of us, Labor Day is the summer finale, knowing that once the holiday has come and gone, fall is upon us and it’s once again time to focus on school and work.

Growing up, we wouldn’t miss the first high school football game of the season on the Friday night of Labor Day weekend. It was also our last chance to get a new outfit for school, new binders or a new lunch bag. Finally, we enjoyed a quiet Monday at home before the big yellow school bus would arrive the next morning like clockwork.

But did you know there’s a greater significance to Labor Day beyond one last chance to savor summer?

Click to read how Labor Day inspires us work hard and live well.

Here's Your Brain on Task Switching

Here's Your Brain on Task Switching

Despite growing evidence and plenty of discussion around how multitasking is not just ineffective but actually bad for your brain, we can’t seem to banish multitasking from our workday. Notifications from multiple devices cascade through our ears, pulling us away from the task we’re trying to focus on. Open tabs in our browsers seem to multiply like rabbits. Suddenly, it seems like the only way we can accomplish anything is to do multiple things at once.


But is multitasking really the problem? As I prepared to write this article, I was pulled away by a phone call, multiple text messages, checking to make sure I responded to an email, and of course a pit stop on Facebook. Psychologists have dubbed this incessant barrage of tasks, necessary or otherwise, that draw us away from what we’re currently doing task switching. 

Read how task switching might be derailing your productivity and focus. 

Give Yourself the Gift of Rest

Give Yourself the Gift of Rest

For a majority of Americans, August’s arrival means time for vacation. This is the month many organizations quiet down as employees scatter to various destinations (or opt for a restful “staycation” close to home).

It’s important to step away from work for a week or two each year for some real, honest unplugging from your iPhone, email, and any other work. But we can’t expect a week or two of vacation to sustain us throughout the year. We also need to build consistent times of rest into our everyday rhythm.

So while you may be away from the office this month (or even if you work through August, it’s likely a bit quieter than usual), take some time to consider how you can build rest into your life on a regular basis.

Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Do You <i>Really</i> Know How To Rest?

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Do You Really Know How To Rest?

We’ve all heard the research: rest is important, and without it, we burn out. We know resting is a good idea (and have learned how burnout wreaks havoc on our bodies and relationships the hard way).

But resting isn’t just a quantity issue - it’s a quality issue, too. If you don’t know what kind of rest truly restores your mind, body, and soul, you may not be experiencing the quality rest you need. It’s time to think about what activities are restful for you, and perhaps more important, what isn’t.

Click to read how to not just rest, but rest well.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Workday

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Workday

The success of Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Uppoints to the overwhelm most people feel as a result of a life cluttered with possessions and commitments. But while there are many resources that help us simplify our homes and our personal lives, the conversation rarely goes beyond tossing out those old pairs of socks or the papers you’ve been holding onto since college.

The weight many people feel from all their excess possessions is similar to the overwhelm most people feel at work, too. Without quite realizing how it got this bad, our days are bursting at the seams with emails, meetings, reports, and interruptions, leaving us tired at the end of the day and wondering what we actually accomplished.

Just like you can simplify your home, you can overcome the clutter of your workday by applying the “KonMari” method:

  1. Understand your purpose. When you evaluate your belongings, Marie Kondo encourages readers to know their purpose and envision what they want their future life to look like. At work, you should clearly understand your role in your organization, why it matters, and what you need to do to fulfill that role. Keeping that in mind will help you focus only on the desired outcomes of your workday and what is necessary to achieve them.
  2. Tackle categories. Just like when you’re trying to declutter your home, when you group together everything you do at work in categories, you can evaluate and assess how necessary they are. Make a list of all your tasks, reports, and meetings, and you may see patterns that aren’t obvious when they are spread out over weeks or months. “Does it spark joy?” may feel like a bit of an unrealistic question at work, but “Is it essential to me accomplishing my role at work?” is a valid place to start. Are you flooded with unnecessary group emails? Are you duplicating information in reports to different people? By assessing your work in categories, you can identify the excess work you do each day that isn’t moving you forward.
  3. Decide what to keep. It can be overwhelming to open a drawer of shirts and think: which of these should I get rid of? It’s equally difficult with the elements that make up your workday. Thinking about shedding the negative becomes a negative exercise. Think instead about retaining the positive. Which things on your plate are critical to your job?
  4. Get rid of what you don’t need. Easier said than done, I know. But I think Marie Kondo is onto something when she suggests you thank your items for their service. Most of the things in our workday were originally put there for a purpose — someone had a sincere, positive intent when they invited us to a particular meeting, or when we decided to send a particular report. So be grateful for the purpose those things served, acknowledge that they no longer serve that purpose, and then let them go. (Don’t forget to communicate clearly with the rest of your team, of course!)
  5. Put things back in a way that makes sense, where they are easily reachable, without too many in one place. If you are able to schedule all your meetings on the same day, or at least schedule them in chunks, it will keep them contained instead of scattered throughout your day, causing you to lose focus. Build blocks of time for in your schedule for any major tasks you truly need to accomplish your work. When was the last time you had 2–3 hours to work hard on something without interruptions? Schedule an email block or two in your day, so you aren’t constantly looking at your inbox and shifting your focus on the fly. A word of caution: continue to leave margin in your day so you can be available for collaboration or communication you weren’t anticipating (as long as it’s useful!). Don’t block your schedule so full that you resent other people’s legitimate needs.

Are you thinking this is easier said than done? Maybe your boss evaluates performance based on how busy his or her employees appear, regardless of if they’re actually accomplishing anything. The key is to start small, and see how your mindset shift might transform the culture of your workplace.Prove to your managers that you can accomplish more each day if you don’t respond to every email immediately. Suggest ways to streamline reporting or suggest a “standing meeting” (simply a meeting without chairs) to discourage mindless chatter. When you suggest a change, include a trial period after which your boss can give you honest feedback. By being open about your desire to cut back on busywork and be intentional about how you spend your time at work, you are honoring the most important resource of your team: their time. In turn, you’ll gain new freedom to inject creativity and passion back into your work.

Give the KonMari method a try in your workplace, and see how “life changing” tidying up your workday can be!

How "Kairos" Can Make You More Productive

How "Kairos" Can Make You More Productive

If you’ve encountered languages other than the one you grew up with, you’ve likely discovered a word that captures an idea that doesn’t quite translate directly into your own language.

I like it when that happens. It introduces me to a new way of thinking, to a concept I hadn’t considered in the same way.

The ancient Greek language has two different words for time. Chronos refers to the kind of time we measure by the ticking clock. It’s the time we use as we try to meet deadlines, make it to appointments, or go to bed at a decent hour. We cite it in numbers: 8:45 a.m., 4:15 p.m.

Kairos, on the other hand, has a spiritual implication, a sense of significance. It represents time “in the moment,” giving everything into that moment and receiving everything it has to offer. On Kairos time, you are truly present, not rushing toward the next thing.

Which type of time energizes you? Which drains you? And most importantly, which is your default setting?

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