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SUCCESS Magazine Editors Rate Change Your Day, Not Your Life 5 Stars (Highest Rating)

Andy’s book entitled Change Your Day, Not Your Life was featured on Success’s Magazine’s Book Summary website. The editors did a fantastic job of getting to the Core of the book.  To find out more information on the review or success magazine please visit the following sites. www.success.com and www.successbooksummaries.com

BOOK REVIEW BY THE EDITORS OF SUCCESS MAGAZINE 

Success Mag

SUCCESS Magazine gives Andy’s new book 5 of 5 Stars!

Change Your Day, Not Your Life Five of Five Stars – A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well
by Andy Core (John Wiley & Sons, © 2014, Andy Core, 245 pages, $23.00, ISBN: 9781118815984)

A few things you’ll learn from this book:

  • How to build positive behavioral momentum
  • Why a pattern creates a tailwind
  • Why it matters what you do first
  • Why motivation is momentum in disguise

 Why don’t I do what I know I should?

According to Andy Core, this is a common question most people ask themselves. It’s often posed by those having difficulty staying motivated, energized and focused on their priorities. Can you relate? You want to be more productive, more energized, more joyful. You even know what to do, but you’re too tired, too distracted, too busy or too worried to find the motivation to change your life.

In his new book, Change Your Day, Not Your Life, Core comes to the rescue with his key to life change: You must stay in the day. Changing a life is too overwhelming. Core asserts that choices for change need to be made daily, behaviors need to be practiced daily and rewards need to be felt daily to effect true change. If you want to bring about complete work/life integration where you spend your days living, not struggling in a tug-of-war between work and life, you must stay in the moment

Practical and engaging, Change Your Day, Not Your Life provides a menu of proven strategies. Core offers easy-to-follow instructions for strategies that are successfully used by Thrivers—people who have found the joy of complete work/life integration. DOing First, Big-Box Management, and learning to jettison your junk hours are just a few of the tactics Core combines with exercises, activities and bite-sized tasks to help you start making changes today.

Core teaches how to build patterns into your days by identifying and tying together multiple triggers. For example, if  your morning alarm clock triggers you to get out of bed and lace up your walking shoes and, if the lacing triggers you to head outside for your daily exercise, you are building a pattern that becomes instinctual to you. This behavior gives you confidence, added energy, and sets you up for ongoing positive behaviors throughout your day. These daily patterns, in turn, build positive momentum for life.

Practical and positive, Change Your Day, Not Your Life is for anyone—entrepreneur, corporate leader, employee or homemaker—who desires greater productivity, more energy and deeper satisfaction in life. Putting Core’s strategies into practice will not only change your day—but will, in fact, change your life.

About the Author

An award-winning lecturer, author, television host, and expert in human performance, Andy Core has spent the past 23 years mastering what it takes to become energized, healthy, motivated and better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society. Core’s personal focus on total life management equips him to deliver the unique message of Change Your Day, Not Your Life.

Action always changes the way you think.

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Fostering a Work Environment that Works

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

There are a lot of things we want from our job. Money, benefits and time off are all important goals, but perhaps one of the most sought after requirements in a job is that you like being there. So for managers who want to create a culture of employees who enjoy their job, here are a few tips.

Practice an attitude of transparency

If you mess up, admit it. If you are confused or overwhelmed, ask for help. Thank others for their honesty when they do the same. This way, fear won’t be the driving force that motivates people and collaboration will be the norm. The point of working in an office is to be a team. This requires regular interaction, honesty and the knowledge that you won’t be fired for imperfection.

Stop Bitching

That being said, it’s important not to complain. Venting does not make you more productive, less stressed or more motivated. Instead it creates negativity and wastes time. A positive culture is vital, and if you or your coworkers spend your energy complaining, this is impossible.

Laugh

I have a theory that productivity corresponds with laughter. Joking around with your coworkers increases energy and revitalizes motivation, making work feel less like work. Especially if you’re the manager, it’s good to goof off a bit, and lead the trend.

Work hard, but with Attitude

Everyone is different. And the best way to like your job is to be accepted for your unique self. As long as the work gets done and done well, any personality should feel welcome. This allows for a vibrant workplace that is comfortable and positive.

 

Creating a Daily Vacation

mister-rogersIt’s January, and the holidays are officially over. For many, the next months will be dedicated to work without the hope of a vacation and may be the hardest part of the year to enjoy. To stay motivated, some may focus on when the next getaway is, but it’s more beneficial to develop a daily habit of renewal.

In the article, “Recovery, Work Engagement, and Proactive Behavior: A New Look at the Interface Between Nonwork and Work,” the study found that if you practice recovery rituals on a daily basis, your work engagement and productivity levels will increase. Therefore to maintain positive motivation both at work and home, we must create a mini vacation on a daily basis. Forming this habit is a simple exercise that requires three easy steps.

1.)    Evaluate

Recovery will be different for each person, but the first step is to recognize your current pattern when you leave work. Do you have a coming home ritual that allows you to unplug? Do you mentally leave work, or do you instead stay connected to technology and the stress of your job? Do you exercise or plop on the couch with your dinner and remote in hand? Can you talk to those who matter in your life,  or are you distracted and irritable?

2.)    Envision

After you’ve contemplated what your day looks like now, decide what needs to change. One important step is to “bookend” your day. Some call this the Mr. Rogers method because as we all remember, every time he entered his doorway, he put on his cardigan and slippers. Take this a step further, and instead of putting on your old man apparel, put on tennis shoes and go exercise. Yoga is also a great way to engage in recovery because it melds fitness with centering yourself in the present moment while it purges out your stress through breathing. Think of exercise as a stress filtering tool rather than a chore, and remember that it doesn’t have to be intense, it just has to be consistent.

3.)    Engage

After you’ve relieved your stress, then you can enjoy those around you who make your life what it is. Whether it’s your spouse, your child, your dog or your journal, truly participate. I often am greeted by daughters inviting me to dance when I enter the house. This ritual releases me from work and allows me to appreciate my family, my home and my life.

Also, eat your evening meal with intention. I know that every night can’t be a gourmet experience, but you can do better than fast food from a chain restaurant or your microwave every night. The experience of cooking is good for community building, health and happiness, and try sitting at the table rather than your couch. Doing so will support communication much more deeply, and connecting to your food will help you eat the proper amount and be satisfied.

Practicing the habit of gratitude will also increase your motivation. This is because being thankful for the bright spots in your day make it worthwhile. If you take time to reflect and appreciate, your gratitude will reframe your mindset into a positive outlook. Also, rather than worrying about work or dreading going in the next day, contemplate what you actually enjoy about your job. Choose something that you’re thankful for and say it audibly. Attitude is by far the most important factor in maintaining happiness.

In short, figure out what habits make you feel mentally at ease and positive. If you get home and do things that make you feel grateful for the life you’re living, you’ll more motivated and energized on a daily basis. These mini vacations are necessary to recharge your perspective and prepare you for work the next day.

So again, recognize your current status, decide what small habits you can change in your day to develop a pattern of recovery, and practice those changes. Doing so will change your mindset and give you a better sense of balance in both work and life.

 

 

 

Preventing Burnout In the Workplace

flexibleAt the beginning of the New Year, many CEO’s and managers will be considering what adjustments to make to the benefits package they provide their employees. This year especially, many may consider offering more intrinsic benefits. Over the past few years, it hasn’t been enough to offer salary and health care. Employees want to feel valued in a deeper way.

According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 63 percent of women define career success as having a job that allows them to balance their personal and professional lives. Men are less likely to value this, but still find it important.

This means offering employees flex-time to work from home, respecting vacation time and making sure new responsibilities are feasible before they are assigned.
According to a 2012 poll from the Society of Human Resource Managers, only 10 percent of companies offered formal flex-time.

However, this number is likely to increase. Technology is the main factor which will allow for such job perks. In many office settings, communicating with the fellow employees and/or clients is just as easy through outlets such as email, Skype, GoToMeeting and the phone. As long as the employee is organized, this option should work seamlessly.

Offering work-life balance benefits not only makes an employee feel more successful, but it can also attract top hires and keep them there at less cost to the business. Evidence shows that many people today are more likely to take a job, even if it pays less money, if they are offered flexibility. In addition, studies also show that overall moral will improve, absenteeism will decrease and motivation will be sustained if these benefits are offered.

David Posen, Oakville, Ont. stress doctor and author of Is Work Killing You?, explained the necessity of work-like balance benefits in this article by Harvey Schachter. “Work-life balance is not a luxury. It’s a necessity – for good health, energy and productivity. And there are serious consequences if our lives fall out of balance for too long. Balance is an antidote, a counterbalance, to chronic stress. Balance prevents burnout.”

To create a sustainable business, managers and owners need to maintain a culture that prevents burnout and promotes productivity. Proper work-life balance may be the best method.

 

The Secret to Building Relationships

Always be prepared to listen to others

Always be prepared to listen to others

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

One of my first jobs was at a restaurant with lots of different types of people who were extremely animated and outgoing. Working in that environment was intimidating in the beginning because most of the other employees didn’t care that a new person was there.

Rather than trying to compete with all the voices, I found that the best way to be appreciated was to listen. I engaged my new coworkers in conversation and let them talk. I didn’t try to entertain or show off my personality. I just listened, and in no time, I became a person that people wanted to be around.

People like to be heard, and they’ll like you more if you let them.

To better yourself and those around you, listening is required. But listening with the intent to talk is usually counter-productive. If all you’re doing is waiting for your chance to speak, you’re failing to demonstrate that you value what the other person is saying, and you probably aren’t getting the full message behind their words.

By listening and actively engaging in a conversation you can find out valuable information about people and business that will benefit you. Not only that, but the relationship will deepen with every conversation you engage in.

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