“I lived through the experience of a complete and wholesale life renovation myself. The steps that I outline in the book saved my life and sanity and are the foundation for my coaching program,” Rader said. “I wrote this book because I want to continue to share these tips with others to help them redefine what health, wealth, and success truly mean.”
A nationally recognized productivity and health expert, Rader has written three books – including an Amazon bestseller and her latest book, which comes out on November 18th, is now available for pre-order.
Rader’s latest book has become an instant hit with business leaders and entrepreneurs, hailing its ease of use and practical advice. Companies and business owners have pre-ordered the book for use in corporate training programs and end-of-year gifts for staff.
Readers who reserve their books, by pre-ordering now, will receive a video tutorial, hosted by Marcey Rader, that provides an inside look at why most people fail at habit change and is a foundation for the Work Well. Play More! Masterclass launching in January 2020.
Marcey Rader is an Amazon best-selling author, sought-after productivity coach, accredited health and wellness expert, and renowned keynote speaker. As the founder of Marcey Rader Coaching and Work Well. Play More!®, she helps individuals and businesses kick their lifestyles back into balanced gear – without sacrificing health. She packs presentations with actionable advice and real-world wisdom, decluttering the mind, body, and business, one habit at a time. Her speaking roster's alive with engagements for Fortune 100 companies, startups, and everyone in between. Audiences from North Dakota to Dubai, manufacturing to biotech, learn to escalate their energy, conquer the calendar, master tasks, and extinguish email. To learn more, visit https://www.marceyrader.com/
About Work Well. Play More!® Whether you’re a team of two or a 500-person department, Work Well. Play More!® offers productivity, health, and performance workshops, along with coaching and training on-demand tailored to your team, department, or the entire company. Work Well. Play More!® delivers interactive, engaging workshops that can change your company culture on the spot – for the better. We go way beyond theory to provide practical, real-world, in-the-weeds application. To learn more about Work Well. Play More!®, visit https://www.workwellplaymore.com/
If you're ready to become more productive, declutter your spaces, and embrace healthy living, continue reading.
If you're all set, don't feel the need to change and are good with the status quo. Click away.
Engaging in just one unhealthy behavior can decrease productivity in all areas of life. About a decade ago, I decided I wanted to change 100 things in my life in the areas of productivity, clutter, and health. Sound daunting? It wasn't. Because along the way, I became obsessed with reading every book on habit change I could, even becoming a National Academy of Sports Medicine Behavior Change Specialist, downsized my house twice, and started a business helping others do the same.
Oh yeah…and when I thought I was the healthiest person in the room? That decade in my 30s of kicking ass on the trails and in my job turned itself on me and kicked me in the ass, to the tune of three autoimmune diseases.
And need I mention I went into menopause at 36?
In the six years I've had my business, this is one of the top three things I'm most proud of. I've written the ultimate book for real-life, no-jive, actionable steps to transform your body, mind, and physical and digital spaces.
This easy to use and adaptable guide will show you how you can kick your productivity into high gear — while Working Well and Playing More!
Looking for clear steps, goals, and habits, without feeling restricted? Look no further.
Here's what you'll learn:
How to uncomplicate your life in three areas: productivity, organization, health & wellness
How to make step-by-step behavior changes that fit your lifestyle
How to use a whiteboard or an app to stay motivated and committed to change
How to keep notifications from being a distraction throughout your day
How to process email like a task
How to increase focus and get more done
How to boost the productivity of meetings
How to create healthy boundaries
How to declutter your desktop (both virtual and physical)
How to organize key spaces in your home
How to increase mental clarity by decluttering your brain
How to implement simple, healthy eating habits
How to make movement a regular part of your life
How to create healthier sleep habits
How to practice mindfulness
The best part is you can approach this book like the menu at your favorite restaurant. The habit changes are sorted by category (productivity, decluttering, and health) and level of difficulty (Novice, Pro, Master). Go ahead! Pick and choose, mix and match, and, above all, do what works for you.
Opening my first author proof of the book.
Coming up after the launch
I have a photo shoot scheduled in February to do a new cover that I'm excited about but didn't want to wait that long to release the content. I'm too amped up for it.
Besides the hard copy and Kindle version, I'm releasing it on Audible. It will be my first foray into the audio world, and I want to make my listeners happy because I know not everyone enjoys reading. But here's how I made it better than other books….I can't stand when I'm listening to the audio, and the author refers to links or resources that I can't write down and don't want to rewind to find that mark later (I could be running or driving!). So, I made a hidden bonus chapter online with all of that. Complete with discounts. Sign-up for it when you get the book.
If you pre-order the book or buy it on November 18, send your order number to firstname.lastname@example.org to get exclusive access to the video – Show your bad habits who's boss – a foundation video for the Work Well. Play More! masterclass.
Most authors would do a massive email campaign. I'm not. It's against every fiber in my being. I'm sending out no more than four campaigns and will rely on those, LinkedIn posts and my awesome pre-launch readers to share with the people they know would benefit.
Twice I have heard that, yes, they want their employees to Work Well, but they aren't so sure about the Play More part.
Really? Let's look at the data.
Taking breaks, especially ones that involve movement and nature, increase creativity and collaboration. They also help keep our pre-frontal cortex focused on our goal and decrease decision fatigue.
Detaching from work by playing and letting our brains relax can lead to more significant innovation and new ideas.
Stress is reduced because playing releases endorphins, which naturally make us feel good by giving us a mood boost. Stress reduction can also decrease sick days and presenteeism. Presenteeism is when your staff works while sick, unmotivated, or anxious.
Silly Man – I won't let my employees read that book. Me – Why? What didn't you like about it? Silly Man – I haven't read it, I just know I don't want them to think they can only work four hours. Me – That's not what the book is about. It helps you streamline your work and be more efficient. Maybe you could read it first. Silly Man – Nope. I don't need to. I need them to work harder, not less.
He would prefer his staff to be busy. I can be busy tying and untying my boots all day, but it doesn't mean I'm efficient or productive.
If you want to hire a speaker, coach, or trainer who gets you more output, but leaves your employees miserable, uninspired, and on their way to a bottle of Xanax, please hire someone else. You'll get what you want for a short time until your staff realizes there is a better way somewhere else.
If you want to hire someone who will help your staff become more efficient, spend time with their family at home, take that spin class they always schedule over, feel healthy, have more energy, and bring new ideas to the table because they have had some downtime…
I'm your gal.
Let me help you Work Well and Play More! They don't have to be exclusive. They go together, just like health and productivity. You can't have one without the other.
Earlier this month I stepped back in time by attending the Mixtape Tour – New Kids on The Block, Naughty By Nature, Salt & Pepa, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson. I had been looking forward to it for months. I don't often spend that amount of cash to go to a concert, even though I love live music, but I could not pass up reliving that part of my teen years. I even strategically bought tickets in the front row of a section, one from the end (because who would buy a single seat) so that I could dance. I found two people to go with me and counted the days.
It was an event. I listened to the Mixtape playlist on Spotify, letting it help me get home from a long drive from Charleston and Asheville. I remembered the steps I used to do in my living room while watching Friday Night Videos, and I even dressed up. The dressing up part was funny because I sent the photo to my virtual assistant, who is in her mid-20s and didn't see this as dressing up since it is all back in style now.
Unfortunately, one of my pals couldn't make it due to illness, and so it was just me and Jessica Coscia, who bought a special t-shirt for it. We arrived early and had great seats. The DJ got us pumped up, and then NKOTB came out and rocked the house. The crowd was mostly women in their 40s and 50s, dressed like the 90s, singing the lyrics like their hair scrunchies and acid-washed jeans depended on it.
Okay Marcey, what's up with the concert review?
There's a reason for the lead-in. I didn't know whether to feel pity or shake my head in disbelief at the mother and daughter beside me. The mother was about my age, mid-40s. The daughter in her teens. They both filmed the concert with their phones the entire time. The whole show, from start to finish, they watched through a tiny lens in their camera, rather than with their own freakin' eyeballs. We were not close to the stage, so it couldn't have even been a good video. They were one of the very few people not standing up or dancing.
People, is this what it has come down to? Experiencing events only through the lens of a phone? I see this all the time with parents, recording their children's performance or special moment, instead of watching it and living the experience now. I even heard a kid at a softball game tell her mom she didn't have to take a video, maybe because she wanted her to really see her. When she looked up to get recognition from her mom, she wanted eye contact, not the back of a phone. At the very least, have someone who doesn't care as much record it, if you are really going to watch it again.
I was telling my friend about the mother-daughter recording duo and my friend, who is much younger, said: “maybe they were live-streaming it.” Well, if so, I also feel pity for whoever is watching a two-hour fuzzy, blurry live stream from the nosebleed section.
I took one photo and a 15-second video for my husband just so he could see the stage set up and the perspective of our seats. Jessica recorded a few short videos and took a few photos, but we were present. Dancing, singing and living in the moment, rather than recording it to watch later (if ever).
Part of the reason why I left Facebook and Twitter and why I'm not on Instagram, is because I don't want to get into the habit of only taking photos or videos wondering what other people are going to think or comment. I don't want to spend time posting about a concert while I'm at the show (when I could quickly post it later when I get home). I'm one of the few speakers who doesn't want people to tweet while I'm speaking because then I know they aren't listening to me because they can't do both of those at once. Note – I am writing this post two weeks after the event because, in this instance, real-time doesn't matter.
The Mixtape tour was nostalgic in dress, songs, and dance. It also made me yearn for the days when we went to concerts to experience the music and performance and watched it with our eyeballs, danced until our muscles hurt, and sang the words like we were the official back-up.
National Speaker Association Awards
This week I attended the NSA Influence Conference in Denver. During the awards banquet for Certified Speaking Professionals, I was so saddened by one of the recipients. She came on stage taking a selfie video, received her award still looking at the phone, and then as she was walking off-stage was either texting or tweeting.
Not once did she make eye contact with the audience and all of her professional photos will be of her looking at her phone.
I challenge you on your next vacation to take photos or videos and not post them immediately.
I challenge you to take them for yourself and not just for others.
I challenge you in your next situation where you are an audience member, to focus on the performance and be respectful to the performer, rather than take a poor video to post on YouTube or tweet in the middle of the show.
Experience the moment and see it with your eyeballs, not through a lens.
It's July 16, and I'm celebrating six years from getting my last paycheck as a W2. As the primary breadwinner with no experience in selling myself, marketing, or packaging what I would offer, being ignorant helped me take the leap. Here are six big things I learned along the way.
1) Hire a coach. All of my coaches have been with me at the right time, helping me with the right thing. It was my mindset, marketing, packaging services, profitability, or speaking. Friends, peers, and the interwebs can give you suggestions and ideas based on their experience, or what they think you are capable of. A coach can help you see what's possible and will push you to reach a destination you didn't even think about or know existed.
2) Join a mastermind or peer advisory group. I have been in invaluable groups that allowed me to learn from people within and outside my industry. Currently, I'm in two groups, a six-person professional speaker mastermind, and a Vistage peer advisory group. Being with people in my field (speaking) who get me and another of business owners and key personnel who are in a completely different industry allows me to get unique perspectives.
3) Be willing to pivot and change focus. When I first started, I concentrated on business travelers. I wrote two books on road warrior health and productivity and was even a spokesperson for two years for a hotel chain. After a couple of years, the people that were attracted to hiring me wanted productivity and health coaching, but without the travel piece. My attention shifted again when I was diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases. We can't know exactly who we will like working with or who will like working with us.
4) Stop networking with the spray and play method. Early on, I went to every event I could because I didn't have a big network coming from corporate and needed to meet people. I also had time then because I wasn't scheduled with clients. As my business grew, I had to flip that model and start being more strategic. Now, networking is hyperfocused for me. I have a better sense of where my ideal clients are and going to events takes time away from my client and project work.
5) You can be successful without playing the social media game. Yes, I am on a social media channel writing this, but LinkedIn is different (please don't change!). My decision to leave Facebook and Twitter in February, which sucked the joy from my life, is without zero regrets. Will I amass 10,000 on my list? Will I get 500 likes? Will I have a video that goes viral? Probably not. But I only need and want true fans. I trust that I'll be found and can build my community in other ways through LinkedIn, speaking, interviews, and writing.
6) Take time off. One of the biggest challenges I meet when working with my corporate clients in start-ups or business owners is that they don't feel they can unplug. It's my most frustrating conversation that I can't get people to take a real vacation or even 2-3 days off from checking their email. Not only have I done this successfully, but I have my fifth trip scheduled for February 2020 in Mexico for three weeks where I work from the beach and take an entire week completely off. Every trip my business has grown, and I've created a new product or service when I come back.
Year seven will be filled with a new workshop launching later this summer, followed by the accompanying book on productivity, health, and decluttering later this year, and an exclusive membership site to work through the book.
Thank you to everyone who helped me get this far. If LinkedIn is still around in 19 years, I'll write my lessons learned at year 25. Or maybe by then, the technology will allow me to just imprint it into your minds. 🙂
I'd love to know one of your lessons learned as a business owner in your first six years.
I'm Marcey Rader and I help individuals and teams declutter their mind, body, and business, one habit at a time. Join me for a virtual study hall during weekly Focus90 sessions or bring me in to help your company extinguish their email, master tasks, conquer the calendar and escalate energy!
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