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One of the first lessons that I learned as a consultant was “just because I can, it doesn’t mean I should”. For example, just because I can do my own taxes, doesn’t mean I should. I’ve found hiring an accountant saves me time (that I can spend with clients) and saves me money.
In my personal life, just because I can change a tire, doesn’t mean I should. AAA arrives quickly and does a great job. It saves me from the frustration and getting really dirty. Besides, it’s a membership benefit.
But most importantly, just because I work from home and can work anytime, doesn’t mean I should work all the time. Today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos reminded me the same goes with technology. Just because I have great technology that allows me to work anytime, doesn’t mean I should work anytime.
I don’t draw a lot of boundaries between my work and personal life, but I do have a few that are pretty sacred to me. Like I rarely look at my phone during dinner. Unless it’s to Shazam a song at a restaurant or settle an argument about trivia with Mr. Bartender (I usually win). LOL! I also don’t spend weekend nights on the computer. Right now, you can find me eating nachos and binge-watching old episodes of Chuck.
Enough about me. The point is, each of us needs to put some serious thought into our time. And how we’re going to spend it.
Establish priorities. This sounds so simple, but I find it’s really hard. So many times – especially in a work context – we’re told everything is a priority. Take a moment to ask yourself, “What are the 3-5 most important people or activities in my life?” Be specific. Maybe it’s coffee in the morning with your partner. Or helping the kids with homework at night. Or being able to have one-on-one meetings with your team.
Set boundaries. Don’t interpret the word boundaries to mean a lot. You can have just a few boundaries. Or lots of them. The choice is yours. Your boundaries also don’t have to be set in stone. Maybe over the summer months, you’ll have more boundaries and in the fall, fewer boundaries. But have boundaries. It’s healthy to have boundaries.
Make time for yourself. In the process of establishing priorities and setting boundaries, don’t leave you out of the equation. Where in your priorities and boundaries did you carve out time for something that you like to do? Just for you. Maybe it’s listening to a podcast. Or having a cuppa tea on the back porch.
Technology is a wonderful thing that can give us flexibility. We can quickly take care of a work emergency and get on with our fun. But we must be careful not to let those 5-minutes here and 10-minutes there rob us of our time to relax and recharge.
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Author: hrbartender
Date/time: 14th June 2019, 18:03

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One of the most interesting (and engaging) speakers during this year’s Qualtrics X4 Summit was Dr. Peter Lovatt. He’s a psychologist and former professional dancer. Now you might be saying to yourself, that’s an unusual career combination. Exactly what I thought when he introduced himself. But it totally makes sense for employee wellbeing.
In his research, Dr. Lovatt shares that dance can benefit individuals with Parkinson’s not only physically and emotionally, but cognitively as well. Now carry this idea forward to the rest of us. When we dance, we feel more energy which can have a positive impact on activities such as problem-solving.
What impressed me about Dr. Lovatt was his ability to quickly engage the crowd. I try to keep my dancing to the confines of my home where I won’t embarrass myself. (ha.ha.) Dr. Lovatt was scheduled to speak on two mornings. The first day, he spoke right before President Barack Obama. You would think the audience would be totally disengaged and focused on “the main event”. Not so. Dr, Lovatt immediately captured everyone’s attention talking about his research and the relationship between movement (i.e. dance) and our wellbeing.
On the second day, Dr. Lovatt was scheduled to come on stage right before Oprah Winfrey. Trust me when I say this…he was a rock star with a fan club going into day two. Dr. Lovatt continued his message of using movement to improve our wellbeing. I wish I could share our conference experience with you, but I have the second-best thing. His TED talk.

I wanted to share Dr. Lovatt’s message with you for a couple of reasons.
If you’re planning an event, he’s someone to think about as a speaker.
His TED talk is worth watching and sharing.
But probably the most important reason is that movement is important. I get up every day and see articles about stress, burnout, and the importance of wellbeing. I’m sure you do too. What can we do to make sure that we’re getting movement during the workday? Maybe it’s time to build in a 5-minute dance break. You can have a company-wide dance activity. Or just close your office door and boogie to your favorite tunes.
A little bit of dance might just benefit us all.
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Author: hrbartender
Date/time: 24th May 2019, 18:03

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