5 Choices Has Improved Many of My Days

I have to say that this course is probably one of the most applicable course to apply to day-to-day life both at work and at home.  I now receive a lot fewer emails (due to rules), have fewer Q1 and Q3 events, and somehow have more time for Q2 now! I have been able to not only work on, but complete big projects I had been trying to ‘find time’ for in the past. And, at home I have been able to schedule one on one time with all 5 kids and my husband each week since the class! Things are good! We have started using the time matrix in our staff meetings and each person talks about what Q1 and Q2 events they have going on each week and what items they need assistance from others on.  It has improved our discussions and efficiency at these meetings. I am also teaching this course to a group of 15 leaders today. Wish me luck! Thank you for providing such a good course that has improved many of my days since!

–Contributed by a 5 Choices participant

What a Change!

Working with my roles and my Q2 role statements really gave me some insight into my life. I saw that I wasn’t giving any time or energy to the roles that were most important to me. While I was fulfilling external obligations and doing well at work, I was not meeting my own needs, especially my need for a creative life.

Not only did I start writing again, but I implemented a shift in my health regimen. At the end of 5 weeks, I have 10 new blog posts, reworked a draft of a book, and lost 5 lbs. I look forward to the daily and weekly planning. I read my roles and my goals with pride because I have tangible proof that I am achieving them.

Thank you for these wonderful tools. They have led me to a richer life.

Laci, a The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity participant

A Walk and a Good Nap

When I woke up I instantly knew it was going to be “one of those days”. After a week of travel and accumulated missed sleep, I was dragging. I tried to work on various projects, but my energy was low and my ability to focus was almost non-existent. My multiple attempts to remedy the situation with caffeine and sugar produced a brief energy bump, but did nothing to improve my attention. Finally, around 2:00 p.m. and barely able to keep my eyes open, I was forced to take a nap. I felt guilty as I set my mobile alarm for 45 minutes and instantly fell asleep. 39 minutes later I was awake. No alarm needed. I still felt tired and hazy, almost worse than before I laid down. For a moment I felt a deep sense of regret. It seemed this small amount of rest just made me more tired. Knowing I had work to finish, I decided to take my remaining six minutes and go for a quick walk up and down the street. The fresh air immediately worked to clear my head. Moving my legs and my arms started the blood pumping and within minutes I felt like myself again. I went back to the office and completed more work in three hours than I had in the previous six.

It is funny the things we forget. When my kids were little, their moods and their actions warned me when they needed to take a nap or a quick stroll around the block. I was always proud of myself when I recognized the warning signs and found a solution before catastrophe ensued. Since my kids are all grown, it is certain that I am not a little kid any more. Yet, not much has changed. If I pay attention, I know exactly how to care for myself. I often ignore the signs or go for the quick fix. But occasionally I remember, to make the world right again sometimes the only thing I need is a walk and a good a nap.

Contributed by Suzette Blakemore – Regional Practice Leader – Productivity

Are you “Wired” and “Tired”?

As our work becomes more “global” and our “work/life balance” becomes more blurred and integrated, we must not forget that our bodies and brains need to be recharged with sleep whether we believe that our not.  Click here to read the Wall Street Journal essay, “Decoding the Science of Sleep”.

Contributed by Kory Kogon, Global Practice Leader – Productivity

Technology Etiquette in the 21st Century – What would Emily Post say???

So the first question is how many of you remember or know who Emily Post is?  Well…google it to find out!!!!

And….think about your own quality of life, friends, family, work and the choices we make.  Technology is joyful, enriching and has unlocked the world to us….and we must rule it, not let it rule us so it turns into the “law of diminishing returns”…

Click here to read a Wall Street Journal article on 21st century technology etiquette.

Contributed by Kory Kogon – Global Practice Leader – Productivity

Technology Addiction?

After defining my Quadrant 2 Roles and really thinking about what was important in my life I started looking at how I spent my evenings.  I noticed (and so did my wife) that I spent considerable amount of time on the computer or my smartphone.  This often meant less time with my family.  Realizing that this was not in line with my Q2 role relating to being a great husband and father I decided to cancel the data plan on my phone and reduce the time on the computer at home.  (I can hear the gasps from many of you because I’ve heard them from my co-workers already… how can he not survive without a smartphone?!)

I still remember that for the first couple of days when there was down time I’d reach for my smartphone to check email or read my favorite blogs only to realize that I was no longer “connected.”  Habits that had been formed over the past few years would not easy break.  It also has been slightly challenging getting used to not having the “convenience” of having data at my fingertips.  I’ve had to print out maps, call people rather than email/texting, and often go without information at times.

Well it’s been a few weeks and I am still alive!  Actually I’ve found I have much more time to spend with my children and our relationships have greatly improved.  I notice that I pay more attention to people around me at work or around town.  I also notice how many people have their heads buried in technology as they go from one place to another not noticing people around them.  I don’t think I’ll forever be without a data plan… but this has definitely been a good exercise about disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with reality.  It has greatly helped to refuel my fire and refocus my life around what I feel is important.

Submitted by Kurt Kirkham, FranklinCovey Client

Modeling Technical Behavior

In one of my classes, we were spending time on coming to terms around all our addiction to our gadgets.  Not being able to put them down, feeling the vibration on your thigh even when it’s not doing it, etc.

One women stood up and said, We have rules at home because we had to stop the madness.  I asked her what they were and she said, “we have a 4 year old daughter and we need to be a family, so my husband and I decided to put a basket by the front door and when we get home from work we both deposit our smarthphones in the basket for the rest of the night and get them in the morning as we leave for work.

After doing this for a few days….one evening they found their 4 year olds ipod in the basket….right between her parents two phones….Isn’t that moving?  Isn’t that loaded??  What a lesson and evidence of “modeling” .  I thought it was an extraordinary story….

Contributed by Kory Kogon, FranklinCovey Global Productivity Practice Leader