All posts filed under: Time Management

10 Tactics to Better Manage Your Energy and Time 

On Monday I talked about better managing your energy.  Below are my top 10 Tactical Ways I manage Energy and Time.  “Einstein is reported to have said that if he only had one hour to solve a problem he would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and the remaining 5 minutes solving it routinely.” Each Saturday morning for an HOUR (it’s a time I tend to be freshest) I re-organize my calendar for the next weeks ahead and ask myself:  Does this meeting serve my top 5 priorities this month, my team (direct team, boss and partner teams)?  How many mentor meetings do I have in the calendar? Optimal 2 per week.  How many peer collaboration meetings that provide me inspiration? Optimal 2-3 per week  I write a “Focus for the week” email to my team outlining our top 4-5 priorities for the week. They tell me it helps keep them on track and is a check for me against my responsibilities as a team leader.  I put my own oxygen mask on first. Starting …

Schedule Your Inspiration

If you don’t schedule it, it may not happen. I find my best days are when I connect with mentors, growth mindset peers or people I am mentoring. I have learned over time that life gets really busy and before you know it, 6 months have passed and you have not connected with some people that really inspire you. I schedule in bi-weekly and monthly meetings with these type of people so that every week I have inspiring conversations to look forward to. February Challenge – Schedule your inspiration. Defeating Average Daily. Colin

92% of New Years Resolutions Fail and Here is Why

92% of New Year Resolutions fail and this is why Resolution is defined as:   a firm decision to do or not to do something. Synonyms: The intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan; more Resolution is the inspiration, decision, the intention to make a positive change….and the achievement of that change are in Action, Commitment, Discipline.   Commitment is either on or off like an old computer program 1 (True) or 0 (False). How do you help fulfill a commitment to yourself? When the goal or habit gets tough, know who and what are in your corner. What is your why behind the goal? Is it strong enough?  I find thinking through and writing this out is helpful Who are you accountable to? It needs to be more than yourself.  Your partner? Are their people you can collaborate with that are looking for a similar outcome?  How are you getting momentum on your goal? What is one small thing you can do today? Email somebody and tell them, or book a meeting. One big thing you can do towards it? …

It took me 20K hours

There was a time in my life I didn’t read much or focus on learning. My 10K hours was spent trying to find shortcuts in life. I was smart of enough to get by, get good enough marks and do a good enough job…until I wasn’t. That’s when the next 10K hours began. It was slow at first, I had some small wins and of course many failures along the way. I had to decide if being Average was good enough for me. There was a lot of work below the water line, and finally, some ice started to shine through the top. I remember about the time I decided it wasn’t. I adopted “the hard way is the easy way as one of my mantras.”  I said yes to everything hard, gave every ounce of effort I had for an entire year. To see what was possible. I found out a lot. It starts with intent. A new season, a new year is coming round the corner. I’ll be writing this year about “Defeating …

My Interview on Netflix – Cheating Death

I had an interview earlier this year for a show called “A User’s Guide For Cheating Death” and episode 6 focused on mindfulness, well-being and how people cope with life in a stressful world.    My example is how I used mindfulness to cope with anxiety in Ultra races and how that can translate back into life. My part is 30 minutes in and I encourage you to watch the whole episode as Timothy Caufield travels all over the world to find experts who have the answer.   Enjoy.   Colin  

Is your smallest gear spinning?

I was listening to a great Gary V podcast with the former CEO of Home Depot Frank Blake last week and they discussed among many items including where leaders make mistakes in communication.  As Frank says “Your Job is to make sure the smallest gear is moving and the one that is closest to the customer.”   In many organizations that is your sales team and customer service organization.     Think about the gears on a large clock tower and how they spin, the biggest moves slow and as they get smaller, they spin faster.    If any gear is not catching (the messaging) of the one above, they are out of sync and the customer suffers.    Summarizing “many CEOs put out too many ideas and have not confirmed the field gets it before they move to the next.”   This applies to peer and business partner relationship as well.    If your gear is spinning but smaller not catching, then you are failing.    On Youtube On Soundcloud   Confirm you are in sync …

10 minutes of this per day will make you better

As I heard Tony Robbins say recently, “the mind is like a kite on the end of a string, and where everything starts is with breath. Control your breathing, you control how the kite flies.” We wake up each day, with the chance to start fresh, through your first few breaths. Be intentional about how you start it, instead of letting it happen to you! The holiday (Canada Day and Independence Day!) week is a good time to reflect. Even if you have a family, what you do for yourself impacts how you can support the rest of the team. As they say in case of emergency, “put your own oxygen mask on first!” I spend the first 20-30 min of each day meditating. Successful people I know spend at least 10 min asking themselves questions related to gratitude or visualizing what success will look like in the day. Whatever your method, make sure you are taking care of yourself first! Colin

Two questions that will help you break through the angst

There is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety in the world right now. People often ask how do you handle it? One, I am starting to put on less news on TV when I get home and do more reading and listening to music.  Two, I ask these questions at the end of every day. They are on my calendar.  What you focus on daily makes a big difference to your level of angst.  What am I grateful for? How could I have made today better? Too making each day better.  Have a great weekend! Colin   

Three things I learned from will.i.am

 When one door closes….create a new door. -Will.i.am   In this great Super Soul Sunday Oprah + Will.i.am interview you will hear about the future of social media and artificial intelligence and why Will considers himself a technologist and not a musician. “I create music but prefer to be in technology instead of the music industry.” Perhaps the amount of time he has spent with our own Marc Benioff has influenced him!   Will refers to many times in his career when one door closed, instead of brooding about a lost opportunity he focused on creating new ones.   Will shares “hip-hop and Jazz were created from a community who had nothing at the time and made there own way.  Without them, we would not have this wonderful music.”   What did I take away from this great episode?   1. Make your own luck  2. Appreciate the time when you struggle, it can be your greatest turning point 3. Break the mold – you can be a musician, technologist, philanthropist all at the same time, or whatever …

Are you slow twitch or fast twitch?

When you sprint like Usain Bolt you use fast twitch muscles. When you run slower like a marathon runner, you are using slow twitch muscles. Similar in business, I find there are people whose first instinct is to act (fast twitch) and others first instinct is to think and plan (slow twitch). Either method can work, and as people grow in professional maturity, a couple things I see. The fast twitch professionals are poised for action and if they stopped to take a breath and did a little more thinking and planning, their action-oriented style would increase in effectiveness. The slow twitch professionals are thoughtful and look for obstacles and if they leaned to action and let themselves be a little more uncomfortable as they stepped forward, they too would be more effective. Whichever way you twitch, get planning or get moving today! Colin