How to Make Your Weekend a WOW Experience

My Five Ingredient Recipe for Total Rejuvenation

Every year comes freshly stocked with 104 weekend days. That’s 28 percent of all available days in the year. It’s like a full quarter! The trouble is that we treat our weekends like a slush fund to bankroll more work. We’re forfeiting a tremendous amount of time we could invest in better uses.

Almost a third of Americans work on the weekends, and I bet the number is even higher among entrepreneurs and executives. Based on what the research tells us about rest and rejuvenation, there’s a competitive advantage in bucking the trend.

You’ll actually be more productive if you unplug. But that’s easier said than done for some of us.

Why Sandbagging Your Goals Kills Your Productivity

6 Steps to Lead Your Team to Peak Performance

I’m a fairly conservative person but not when it comes to setting new goals for myself or for my business. We may think setting conservative goals is wise, but it actually makes us and our teams less productive.

Too many leaders believe they’ll accomplish more if they lower the bar and set goals they can easily hit. We call that sandbagging. It might seem smart, but it’s a recipe for underperformance.

Why Skipping Lunch Is Bad for You and Worse for Business

2 Reasons to Take Advantage of the Lunch Hour Dividend

Did you skip lunch last week—either by gobbling down something at your desk or forgoing food altogether? The odds are good that you did.

A 2012 workplace survey by Right Management found just one in five employees take actual lunch breaks. That’s a problem because both the lunch and the break are good for you.

How to Break a Habit That’s Holding You Back

7 Steps to Overcome the Obstacles and Get What You Really Want

We’re several weeks into the new year at this point. If you set some significant goals, you might be feeling the challenge of sticking with them. That’s especially true if you’ve got a bad habit holding you back.

Do you have a habit you’re struggling to break? Sometimes it can feel impossible. We’ve all been there. According to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, 41 percent of respondents said it would take a near-death experience to permanently break a bad habit!

How to Make Your Non-Fiction Reading More Productive

Record These 8 Elements to Maximize Your Reading

I’m a serious reader and have been most of my life. Most leaders I know are. We realize there’s a major ROI on time dedicated to reading.

As I’ve blogged about before, reading makes us better thinkers, improves our people skills, and helps us master communication—not to mention the rest and rejuvenation it offers.

We can gain a lot of rewards from reading, especially if we’re intentional about how we read and record our takeaways.

The Surprising Benefit of Being Inflexible

How No-Exception Priorities Protect Your Productivity

When I coach people on reaching their goals, I advise them to be flexible on their strategies. The goal might be sacred, but we can change strategies as often as we need.

But that’s not a blanket endorsement of flexibility. In fact, flexibility can significantly damage our productivity if we’re not careful. How?

How to Become More Consistent in Your Daily Journaling

Life is a great teacher. But you have to pay attention and take notes if you want to be a great student. That’s why I made journaling a regular part of my morning ritual several years ago.

Journaling helps me clarify my thinking, process my feelings, and make better decisions. It’s also cheaper than therapy! But like most people, I haven’t always been consistent.

How to Make Positivity Go Viral in Your Organization

5 Ways to Avoid Catching an Emotional Cold

We’re used to hearing about people getting sick at the office. Someone brings in the cold or the flu, and it spreads. But that’s not the only thing that goes viral in the workplace.

For a couple of decades now, researchers have been studying something called emotional contagion. It’s important for leaders to understand because of the effect it has on our organizations.

The latest findings show us why you have to keep a close watch on the mood of your team. Managed well, it can energize your team to achieve results. Managed badly, it can poison all your efforts.