All too often it seems running and work are fighting for your time and attention. Whether it’s getting up well before the sun rises to get in some miles before your commute, turning down an office happy hour to make it to a run group on time, or missing your favorite race for an out of town conference, it can be hard to give both the attention you would like.
While it’s good to separate your de-stressing hobby with your day job, there are a few ways to combine the two and make running work to your advantage in the office. Enter….sweatworking!
*This is a guest post by Dan Chabert
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I’ll focus on my health when I get that promotion.
I’ll stop working at night and on the weekends when I get through this project.
How many times do you make these excuses, only to see your health, productivity, and relationships suffer?
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Are you a business owner that puts your health on the backburner until you make X amount of money?
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You know you need to eat better.
Your doctor may have told you that your blood pressure, cholesterol and/or blood sugar are getting too high.
Your pants are a little too tight, and your jacket is getting snug.
But with all the travel, unlimited per diem, airport eating and business dinners, how do you know where to start for healthy eating on the road?
A healthy diet promotes good health, and wellness is tied so closely to efficiency that 77 percent of lost productivity is attributable to health-related issues, according to a recent study. Furthermore, those who did not regularly eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables were 66 percent more likely than healthy eaters to say they had experienced a decrease in productivity.
Do you feel stale in your business and stuck in the same place?
Are you in need of a vacation or change of scenery?
Guilty of always saying…..”someday I will X?”
Stop saying someday and get all of them on a working vacation.
I’m sure some of you are already thinking that a working vacation is an oxymoron. I disagree. For two years in a row, I’ve taken two clients each to Secrets Resort in Huatulco, Mexico where we spent a week in luxury paddleboarding, kayaking, playing water volleyball, snorkeling, dancing at night and eating incredible, fresh, foods.
“We also spent 1-2 hours a day deep-diving into their business working on processes, new systems, and behaviors. We strategized over meals and walks on the beach. We were out of our normal routine and gave our mind, body, and soul new perspectives that breathed life into our business.”
Todd, President, B&M Steel, 2-time intensive attendee
Week two was attended by Wendy Gates Corbett, of Refresher Training.
“I’ve been on ‘working vacations’ before. But this one was different. Having worked with you as my productivity coach, I knew the ‘working’ part of this working vacation would be different.
We focused on these areas:
- Regaining control of my inbox, so I process email effectively.
- Creating a process for scheduling tasks, especially those related to specific emails in my inbox
- Creating a process for my VA to input business card contacts into my CRM
- Deciding which tasks I could delegate to my VA
We not only discussed these areas, but we also worked on them—literally going through my inbox and my tasks, one by one. I not only knocked out the things I wanted to, but we also created processes that, going forward, will help me stay in the driver’s seat of my business. Staying confidently and definitively in the driver’s seat of my business will propel my company to the levels I desire.”
My own luxury working vacation.
As for me? I spent the third week on my own working vacation with no clients. My husband flew down, and I worked a max of 90 minutes per day. I kept up with email by reading, acting and responding, but delayed my send until the day after I got back so the conversations wouldn’t continue (OOO message was on that week).
I spent no time learning by watching webinars, reading business books or doing business-building exercises, but instead just thought. As Tony Robbins says “knowledge doesn’t mean shit if you don’t do anything with it.” I was taking an Information Vacation, which I do four times a year, and didn’t learn. I processed what I already knew and just marinated in it.
These three weeks were also an information detox in that I watched/listened/read no news for a month (and friends/family didn’t update me on it), which was significant given the political climate when I left the U.S., and I didn’t turn on the TV once.
When I got back, my week was an explosion of good things. I took Monday as a Get Shit Done day where I still had my OOO message on but caught up with work tasks. I put out two new business proposals, signed on one new client and felt completely jazzed about my prospects.
Luxury Intensive Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 is in development. I have the Huatulco resort booked for next February 2018 and Wendy is coming back for round 2. If you are interested in a working vacation Luxury Intensive that’s fun in the sun, out of your element and will send you back home riled up and ready for business and personal growth, contact me today about a 6-day fall trip to Jamaica or Mexico and the Huatulco retreat in February. Need something shorter and domestic in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina? I can arrange that too. Send me an email to be notified and complete your application. Let’s start a conversation.
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