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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.




Practice Makes Perfect for a Professional Speaker


For a professional speaker, practice makes perfect

When it comes to being a professional speaker, practice makes perfect.

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

There are many things that could go wrong with a speech. Take the time to practice your speech with friends or family beforehand, and ask them to look out for the following errors.

Excessive Use of Notes

Great orators are able to stand in front of thousands and just speak; they have a natural rhythm and their narrative is inevitably engaging. However, we are not all great orators; sometimes we just need a little helping hand in the middle of our speech. There is nothing wrong with using notes; they can be essential in keeping you on track. However, it is important to avoid slipping into simply reading your notes to the audience. If you do that, you will sound wooden, and spend all of your time looking at the notes instead of the audience. Practice your speech and you will begin to use your notes as guides, rather than as a script.

Visual Aid Out of Sync

Many people realize midway through their speech that they have failed to keep their PowerPoint presentation up to speed. There then ensues a frantic display of clicking as the speaker tries to catch up. This looks unprofessional and does little to benefit your speech. Practicing beforehand allows you to know what each slide is saying, so you are far less likely to slip up by failing to click.


It is vital that you project your voice and avoid the temptation to mumble. Try getting your family to sit in another room whilst you practice your speech. Speak slowly and clearly, and try to ensure that they are able to relay what you are saying back to you. Perfect your flow and your speech will be a success.

Make sure that your audience is not the first people to hear your speech in full; practice makes perfect.

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