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.

Encore Episode: How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast]

4 Heart-Defending Disciplines

The podcast is currently on hiatus while we design a new and improved show. We’ll be airing some fan favorites in the meantime and will debut the new format in the new year. So stay tuned! Today, we have one of our most popular episodes to share with you. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discussed the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it.

It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential clients, and customers. What is this critical leadership asset? It’s our heart. Today I’m sharing four disciplines to keep it in shape.

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Are Limiting Beliefs Keeping You Trapped at Work?

Why Some People Get Stuck—and How You Can Get Free

A year after the New York Times published a brutal exposé on Amazon’s 24/7, on-the-job culture, the retail giant announced it was experimenting with a thirty hour workweek for some of its employees.

As far as I’m concerned, this is great news. When I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, and other leaders, I regularly hear they’re working fifty, sixty, even seventy hours a week. This level of overwork imposes huge costs on personal productivity, health, and more.

What No One Ever Told You About Work-Life Balance

How We Got It Wrong and What to Do About It

When it comes to work and life, most of us know what it feels like to be out of balance. But do we know what it feels like to be in balance? It’s not a trick question—even if it seems so at first.

A few years ago, I took my mentoring group on a ropes course. For one of the challenges, we walked a long stretch of rope that wound around several trees. We had to hold onto each other as we worked our way across the line.

Here’s what I remember most of all: When we were balanced, it never really felt like we were. Our legs constantly moved and wobbled, and we strained to grip each other and the nearest tree. But we stayed on that line a long time: making little corrections, adjusting our weight, and trying to stay upright.

How to Vacation Like a Pro [Podcast S08E03]

7 Steps for Recharging with Intention

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss some of our best tips on getting the most out of your time away.

Taking a break and recharging is vital for your individual and family health. However, you’ve probably realized how much work goes into planning family vacations, everything from booking airfare and hotels to getting your business ready for your absence. In this episode, we give you practical steps to vacationing like a pro.

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend

Power up by Unplugging

The weekend gives most of us the chance to downshift and recharge. But how often do we seize on it to catch up or get ahead on our work instead?

If researchers are right, more than ever before. Not only are we working more hours on the weekend, we’re cramming the time with more chores, errands, and other to-dos. “[T]he data support the theory that Sundays . . . are becoming ever-more harried,” says one report.

The Four Disciplines of the Heart

How to Fight Back When You Feel Discouraged

A few years ago I met with a leader who was in the process of losing heart. I have seen the look in his eyes a hundred times before. (I have seen it in my own mirror on more than one occasion.)

My friend was under attack. He had just discovered that one of his board members was campaigning to unseat him. Worse, one of his children had just been diagnosed with a chronic disease. As a result, he was struggling with the typical symptoms of stress: insomnia, indigestion, and back pain.

He was ready to throw in the towel. And who could blame him? Life can be brutal sometimes.

Achieve More By Sleeping More [Podcast S07E06]

8 Tips to Reclaim the Rest You Need

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss eight tips for reclaiming the rest that we so desperately need.

We sometimes allow ourselves to get derailed by what we assume is discouragement but is actually just a lack of sleep. When we’re tired, we don’t have access to the same kinds of emotional and intellectual resources as we do when we’re well rested. In this episode, we discuss how you can actually achieve more by sleeping more.

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How to Boost Your Energy [Podcast S06E08]

10 Practical Ways to Put a Spring in Your Step

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to boost your energy.

Life is demanding, right? We could all use more energy. Today we’re unpacking ten practical ways you can engineer more energy into your day.

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How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast S05E10]

4 Heart-Defending Disciplines

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it.

It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential clients, and customers. What is this critical leadership asset? It’s our heart. Today I’m sharing four disciplines to keep it in shape.

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3 Winning Elements of Pope Francis’ Leadership Style

Understanding the Source of His Influence and Impact

During his recent trip to America, Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. And the truth is leaders of all kinds have a lot to learn from him.

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Francis is enormously popular. But whatever we personally think about this particular pope—pro or con—or the Catholic Church, it doesn’t change the fact that he has been a standout leader worth studying.

What makes his leadership style so effective? Based on what I’ve seen and heard, I’d say it comes down to three primary elements.