Self-Coach Sunday 67: Take A Power Nap

If you already meditate, good for you! If meditation doesn’t work for you then consider calling that time a power nap. Set the scene: pillow, comfy throw, relaxing music or sounds of waves, closed eyes, or whatever makes you feel relaxed.  The point here is to do nothing. You can even fall asleep. If thought pop up in your head, have a pen and pad handy to jot them down and clear them out. Now, just lie there until you feel like getting up.

This time may offer a much needed clearing out, or a welcome of new ideas. You may even get answers to things that you have been pondering. The point is really to take time to meditate, relax and do nothing.  But if something does come up, keep note.

See if you can find time to sit. You can work in a daily power nap and make some space for creative thought to flourish.

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Self-Coach Sunday 65: Under-promise and Over-deliver

Do you need to build a reserve of time? Then under-promise and over-deliver. In order to under-promise, you will need to give yourself twice the amount of time you think you’ll need to get something finished. To over-deliver means you will complete the project ahead of the promised deadline and turn it in early.

This tip alone will help you reduce your stress level. You may also become know as the person who always get things done ahead of schedule. This may even lead to a raise or bonus. This works in every area of our lives from work, to home, to cooking, with kids, you name it. Keep expectations low and surprise them.

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Self-Coach Sunday 61: Take A Sabbatical

If a weekend or week-long retreat isn’t doing if for you, take a sabbatical. You may be able to negotiate some time off work even if your employer doesn’t offer you a formal sabbatical.

A sabbatical is more than a vacation, it is a time to rest, relax and experiment with new skills ad risk-taking. The idea is to step outside of your day-to-day routine and find out what is most important to you. This is also a good time to reflect on what is going well in your life and what might need to change. Use this time to learn more about yourself. Live outside the box, and don’t worry what others may think. Sometimes we need to get off track to get back on track.

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Self-Coach Sunday 60: Get Some Perspective

Still trying to find your path in life? You may need to take a retreat from your current life and get a broader perspective. Go outside of yourself to see what really fills you up.

Here are some ways to take a retreat:

  1. Pack your bags and head to a B-n-B or cabin in the woods
  2. House sit for a friend
  3. Get out of the house – go to a cafe, restaurant, park, library, etc.
  4. Go on a yoga/spa retreat or to a ranch
  5. Go to a monastery or abbey

Try to go away or at least leave your house during the day for at least three days, if you can. Even one day can make a difference. Be sure to pack a  journal to record your thoughts. Keep it simple and don’t pack too much. During this time, get creative and find some way to get perspective on your life.

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Health & Wellness Wednesday 1: Routine for Better Sleep

Want to be an all-star at work? Improve your sleep routine! Experts say that getting more sleep can help your work performance – and getting too little can degrade it.  In Forbes, Moira Lawler talks about several recent studies about the effect of sleep – or lack of it – on work performance. She notes:

A study in the journal Sleep found that subjects who racked up just six hours of snooze time per night for two weeks functioned as badly as if they were deprived of sleep for 48 hours. Here’s the thing: The study’s subjects actually thought they were performing well—not just skating by but actually doing an all-star job.

Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important to our overall health, but for many, the trick is how to get enough in terms of both quantity and quality.

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