Monthly Archive for January, 2011

The more you do, the more you can get done

When I talk to my clients about productivity, efficiency and effectiveness, I triangulate or combine the Pareto Principle, Goal Setting and several other strategies in a concept I call Voluntary Simplexity. It has its foundation in the movement from the 1980s called Voluntary Simplicity that was made popular with the International Bestseller “Your Money Or Your Life”.

When you apply it, it slows your life down, much like the slow-motion effects in the movie The Matrix.

Imagine being able to live life with that level of confidence, peace and serenity, all without compromising results but improving them. Have a look at my personal mastery website and you’ll see the holistic approach I take to business growth.

Neo And Agent Smith in The Matrix

Neo And Agent Smith in The Matrix

Get some sleep!

A new survey*, commissioned by Virgin Active Health Clubs has uncovered the lengths tired Australian workers will go to in order to catch up on sleep. Results show that a whopping one in three workers, an equivalent to more than three million Australians have taken a sick day to catch up on sleep, with a further one in five workers (21%) admit to finding a quiet place to doze off while at work.

The research also points out that Australians are keen to improve their lives with a massive 89% wanting to change their daily routine to achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. The most common area in which Aussie workers would like to do this was more exercise (81%), followed by a healthier diet (66%) and more sleep (60%).

Sleepy Person Coffee CupsThe Natural Sleep Reporter and Sleep Expert, Elizabeth Shannon commented on the findings, “Millions of Australian workers are underestimating the effect that lack of sleep can have on your body. In addition to reducing motivation and productivity at work, there are also many related health risks, such as increased stress and anxiety, weight fluctuation and sexual dysfunction associated with sleep deprivation.”

Results from the Virgin Active ‘sleep’ survey also showed that the average worker is getting about six hours sleep a night, approximately two hours less than the suggested eight hours. To add further fuel to the work/life balance debate, it was also highlighted that as many as 62 per cent of workers believe a regular 20 minute lunch time nap would make them more motivated and productive in the workplace.

Elizabeth Shannon is not surprised that Australians would welcome a daytime snooze with the majority of workers (63%) interested in a 20 minute lunchtime nap if there was a safe, comfortable and affordable sleep environment close to their work.

Luckily, Virgin Active Health Clubs recognise the tired trend and have entered the market with sleep pods – a comfortable, safe solution to catching up on sleep and a step in the right direction towards worker productivity.

Virgin Active opened its first Australian club in Frenchs Forest in December 2008, followed by a Melbourne CBD club opening on the popular Bourke St in September 2009. It was here Australians first got a taste of the Virgin Active sleep pod experience. One year on since the clubs launch, over 3,500 Melbourne workers have taken advantage of a quick 20 minute daytime nap, helping them recharge and stay alert.

“I’m a huge advocate of sleep pods and the effects that a regular nap can have on your health,” Elizabeth Shannon said. “With the correct ambient noises, 20 minutes of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep can equate to approximately 1.5 hours of normal sleep, quite impressive when it’s only a short period within the average lunch break.”

“I believe that if people made more time to take a regular nap, they would feel the vast benefits within a few days. For busy people, daytime naps are a brilliant way to clear the mind whenever it’s overloaded, and let the subconscious go to work. A quick snooze allows you to come back to tasks fresh, re-energised and with improved decision making, paving the way for sharper thinking and clearer insight,” Elizabeth Shannon said.

Officially opened in November 2010, the Virgin Active Health Club, Pitt St Mall Sydney has been specially designed to take a whole new approach to getting fit and feeling great. With a non-intimidating atmosphere, friendly, tailored work out plans, helpful staff and cutting edge facilities such as sleep pods, members will definitely be on the right path to achieving a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Those who are keen to ‘work out’ with Virgin Active or would like further information on its new Pitt St club can visit www.virginactive.com.au/pitt.

* The independent survey was conducted nationally by Galaxy Research on behalf of Virgin Active in August 2010. A total of 1003 adults between the ages of 18-64 were surveyed across Australia.

Internet use on vacation: Good or bad idea?

I’ve blogged about taking workations and playcations on this or another one of my many blogs. Simply put, it’s about combining work and pleasure so you can establish more of a work-life balance. That being said, I am not advocating you work like a dog, then take a vacation and keep working. What I’m advocating is PLANNING to work through a few days “off” so that you’re not stressed before you leave and when you get back.

There is an all-important nuance here that it must IMPROVE your work-life balance – if it doesn’t, then disconnect completely. Chances are you don’t have the discipline to do this, but if you do, I can tell you it’s an amazing liberation which EXTENDS the time you can ‘afford’ to be away. Instead of taking the weekend off (2 days), you can plan to take 3, 4 or even 5 days off – WITH NO LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY.

Having your cake and eating it too!

Internet Use On Vacation - Dr Marc Dussault

The path of least resistance if often the one with least reward

Personal Development, Peak Performance, Career Development, Coaching, MentoringPersonal development and peak performance principles often are a combination of dilemmas and conundrums wrapped up in paradoxes.

On the one hand you want and should aim to get the best result with the least amount of effort and yet to grow, you need to stop cutting corners when seeking shortcuts.

How can you tell the difference between the two?

I don’t know a sure fire way except that “you know in your gut” – intuitively – when you’re being lazy versus being efficient.

I recently had a client ask me the following question:

After recording an interview with a specialist, how he could leverage it beyond using it as a new employee training tool?

If he gave it a serious effort role playing a final exam question whereby 70% of his grade depended on the list he could create in 3 minutes or less, chances are he would come up with 80 to 90% of the list that I would propose.

But he didn’t.

Was it because he’s lazy?

Yes.

The challenge we all have is to catch ourselves when we are being intellectually lazy. Like any other muscle, the brain (intellect) needs to be exercised to grow stronger, more capable. We can only do that through mental exercise.

This was an ideal opportunity. A missed opportunity.

As his mentor, I responded with this blog post AND the suggestion to do as suggested above. It would have been quicker and easier for me to give him a to do list, but that would create a dependency that I don’t want to initiate.

I believe in the Socratic method of guiding, mentoring and coaching leveraging an Exponential MasterMind Experience to embolden and enrich the sensations and associations whenever possible (I shared this blog post with other Platinum Program Members months ago).

The next time you’re gut tells you you’re cutting corners, use the opportunity to step up to another level and ask yourself the question “I know I don’t know, but if I did know…”

You might just surprise yourself!