Virtual Training Success Story
When a team decides to invest in themselves, they shrink their inbox with an Email Extinguisher course and work in their line of genius.
A team of nineteen people from an international non-profit wanted to learn how to communicate in a more meaningful and productive way while focusing on the tasks that moved the needle. They decided to invest in a 45-minute Email Extinguisher virtual training session with Marcey Rader and the Work Well. Play More! Institute. Marcey had performed two lunch and learn sessions on Email Extinguisher at the company, and they were intrigued by how this could help their team.
The team was located in California and had a few remote workers, so virtual training was ideal.
Marcey sent out a Productivity Scorecard to see where the team struggled with their email and the most significant pain points. She performed a 45-minute remote session and asked each person to make one commitment to change within the next thirty days. She then resent the Productivity Scorecards at days 30, 90, and 180 from the time of the training.
Marcey focused on email reactivity, treating email like a task, streamlined communication, and settings that optimize workflow. The email check-ins gave Marcey insight into what they were struggling with, and her personal feedback helped them along the way.
The results of the scorecard speak for itself. Before the webinar, 47% of people suffered from email reactivity and telepressure most of the time. In 180 days, that number was zero! Initially, 57% processed email as a task rather than reacted. In 180 days, over 90% of the team used this method. Initially, no one had a system for RSS feeds or newsletters, and in six months, 45% had a system. Lastly, 47% of people were able to entirely unplug on a day off. In six months, that number was up to 86%. Studies have shown that employees who are able to fully disengage come back to work more productive and energized.
All of this came from one 45-minute virtual training. Seventy-three percent of the team agreed that they experienced a difference in team communication after taking the course.
Thank you for the training. I must say it’s given me pause about how much I’ve given over control of my work life to be in responsive mode.
– A.M, Senior Research Epidemiologist
I’ve been doing pretty well with Only Handling It Once. It is making a difference and helping me focus my work based on priorities and not based on my inbox.
– S.R, Research Epidemiologist
Investing in the Work Well. Play More! Email Extinguisher virtual training has proven to be a worthwhile investment for this team. To see the full scorecard results, click here – Productivity Scorecard Summaries.
Would your team like to shrink their inbox and start working in their line of genius? Contact me to find out how!
Are you a business traveler and spend all your time working because you are constantly catching up?
Do you sacrifice sleep responding to one last email and end up jacking and crashing on caffeine and sugar your entire trip?
Traveling for business can be hard on your body and your soul if you let it.
When you were diagnosed with your autoimmune, stress-related illness or chronic disease, did you say Why Me?
Did you put your life on pause to reflect and figure out how to fight or manage it or did you stick your head in the sand so deep that you may as well not even be diagnosed at all?
Updated on 24/June 2020. At the age of 39, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease, early-onset menopause (from the age of 36), nervous system fatigue, autoimmune Raynaud's Disease, pernicious anemia, osteopenia, and gluten-intolerance.
What a way to start my first year in business! I had next-to-nothing insurance, turned 40, and had what I thought would be more time to race and train.
You can read about my diagnosis here and here, so I won't go into it in detail. My posts on Hashimoto's Disease have been my most shared posts. After my article about it being a gift, I received emails and calls from numerous people who said: “that's me.”
I honestly see it as a gift. I wouldn't trade it for a yard with real grass, meeting Oprah or Jubala almond lattes' for a lifetime.
I went through 40+ hours of training through every course I could find. I read more than ten books and already held health coaching certifications. I wanted to share what I learned with my clients and help them to prevent relapses or manage their illness effectively.
My Top Three ways I control my Hashimoto's Disease are:
- I take Naturethroid, which works well for me. It's important not to take any thyroid medications near doses of magnesium (this means your multivitamin too) and calcium and take it in the morning on an empty stomach. I had four doctors before this was explained to me and I've had two clients not know either was important.
- I take my heart rate variability using the Oura ring. This measures the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system activity and predicts when my body is stressed before I realize it.
- I prioritize sleep over everything. Even if it's 8:30, if I'm tired, I'll go to bed. There is no shame in my sleep game.
One of my rock star clients, Melissa Kennedy, co-founder of Everleigh Body, got her gift while we were working together. After battling fatigue and general malaise for months, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease. What are her Top Three to control her health?
As an intrapreneur turned entrepreneur my passion, ambition, and drive are my biggest assets, but they are also my biggest barriers to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Add in the complications of an autoimmune thyroid disease requiring more rest and an eating lifestyle change, and you get a life of extremes…a pendulum swing of blowout productivity vs. physical and emotional burnout. Then rolls in Marcey…
Marcey's Three Big Wins to Balance my Extreme Lifestyle:
- Creating an absolute “No” list of canned responses ready when approached to do something that wasn't serving my interest. I didn't have to think about it. The decision and emotional guilt were taken away.
- Developing a work transition routine to help me stop working and start living every day. These 15-minute activities to transition from work to life were a real game changer. I started shutting down at 6pm to cook a healthy dinner, walk my dog, or garden on lovely spring days. Later I realized I didn't miss anything by shutting down at a reasonable time and gained so much in return.
- Asking where my fun was? One time, Marcey asked me what was good and fun today? I paused and listed a litany of work accomplishments. She replied, “That's awesome, now what have you done for fun?” I didn't have an answer. I immediately realized I had lost my fun. Marcey put me back on track.
You may think I'm pushing it with thinking that Hashimoto's can be a gift, but if nothing else, it is a learning experience about extreme lifestyles. It's also a way to look inward and reset. What can we learn from this to help make our lives better and my outcome healthier?
No health issues? Lucky you! Do you know a friend or colleague that might benefit from this article? Please share it with them. They may need motivation and help to see things differently.
To learn more, watch the recording of my webinar on how to Work Well and Play More with Hashimoto's Disease!.
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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.
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