Energy for life

Play Badminton in Your Slippers

Do you remember the goal of energy management? Do you remember why you need to get enough sleep, eat right, move your body, hydrate and take breaks?

Energy management is at the core of the work I do because doing something better than you are doing it now will take energy. You can’t jump higher without it.

And in the long run, the things you do to manage your energy now will improve your quality of life.

My guide in Beijing took me to the Temple of Heaven and Earth Park in the middle of the city. It astounded me – the park is a massive playground for adults and it’s packed with 60 to 90-year-olds. Continue reading…

Eat, Break and be Merry

Do you remember the 9 Habits for High Productivity Days? # 8 is take breaks and # 6 is make time to connect.

Do you realize how easy it would be to do both on a regular basis if you made a habit of going out for lunch with colleagues?

North Americans have to be hit over the head to take a lunch break. People think there’s honour in being the lone hero who powers through. From where I stand, it looks less like honourable heroism and more like light-headed, energy-sucking solitude. Continue reading…

Ditch Your Regrets and Be Bold

I turned 50 last month. Yup. The big 5–0. Do you remember when I wrote, My Life is More Than Half Over? When I turned 45, I asked myself two important questions that I’ve used as touchstones for the past five years.

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“What do you really want to get done before you die?”

“Buddy, your life’s freakin’ half over, what are you going to stop tolerating?”

Five years later, a group of 60, 70 and 80-year old guys at my health club have me asking a new question.
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The Case for 5 Minutes of Gratitude a Day

Gratitude is an attitude – a mental and emotional, even spiritual acknowledgment that something’s going right.

It’s also a capacity booster.

This isn’t a new age thing. It’s practical. And you might even thank me for it.

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Recovering from pushing too hard.

I’m writing from the Kootenays, BC. I had planned to take the mountain bike ride of a lifetime this week but I strained some back ligaments while training. Now, I’m on the shelf and off the bike for a bit.

Yup the coach overdid it a little. So, I thought I’d eat some humble pie and share my lessons learned. Continue reading…

Who’s expecting?

What would you do differently if – starting today – you were pregnant?

Now gentlemen, I want you to think about this too. Go with me here.

Since one of my clients became pregnant, she’s been looking at energy management in a new way. With a little someone depending on her body, energy management seems more critical. Continue reading…

Breakfast in a Blender

How’s your day going so far? How did it start?

One of the ways I get to know my clients is by asking them to walk me through a typical day. I get them to start with their wake-up routine and we move all the way through to when they go to bed.

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Make Time for Energy Over the Holidays

In all honesty, how familiar is this scenario: Over the holidays, you rush from one social commitment to the next throwing back the eggnog and butter tarts. Before you know it, it’s January 2nd. You are physically and emotionally spent, wishing you had an extra couple of days to recuperate, and oh yeah, you are 5 – 10 lbs up. Happened before? Continue reading…

What is your heart (monitor) telling you

About 10 years ago I did the Grouse Grind for the first time. It is a grueling 2.9-kilometer uphill hiking trail, which Vancouverites use to train and earn bragging rights.

I happened to mention my achievement to a buddy and he promptly asked if I knew that every year some poor 40- or 50-something dies of a heart attack doing the Grind. Yikes! Continue reading…

Family and Fishing

Oscar, Meg and FreddieThe time I spend with my family at the cottage inspires me. It fuels me. And it regenerates me. Oscar, Meg and Freddie are my magic beans. And the fun we have together is clearly good for me. Continue reading…

You can make opportunities to take a break

My summer is off to a great start. I’m up at 6AM watching the World Cup before I start work and I go out with a buddy for lunch to grab a mid day game. Go Germany! I admit to getting swept up in the action.

And last weekend I competed in the infamous Test of Metal mountain bike race with 999 other racers. It is a 67-kilometer cross-country mountain bike race with over 1,200 meters of climbing. The pros complete it in 2.5 – 3 hours. Mortals like me take 4 – 6 or more.

I’ve never trained for anything so hard in my life.

I want to share something l learned from all this about rest and recovery. Continue reading…

Get ready for a whole different kind of tired

You and I are knowledge workers. We use our mental and emotional energy to do the heavy lifting at work.

Leading one-on-one meetings, delivering presentations, analyzing, writing, motivating, coaching – as much as these tasks can feed us, and give us a buzz, they can also drain our mental and emotional energy. Continue reading…

I learned about resting from racing

My journey to do the Test of Metal epic mountain bike race started on January 1st. I was thrilled to be one of 1000 participants who got a limited entry spot that sold out in 22 minutes.

The training on and off the bike began then. It really was fun to get in better shape and better at biking at the same time. It was a great feeling to be focused on a physical test like this at 46. It also took a toll on my family life. For the last few weeks leading up to the race, I was AWOL on the home front a few times a week for 3 and 4 hours rides. Continue reading…

Appearances matter

I can’t believe it has been a month since I launched the Jump Management Coaching brand.

Much as we may not like to admit it, appearances matter. The way that you present your company and yourself not only leaves an impression on the people around you – it has an effect on you. Continue reading…

Management and energy insights from the slopes

I spent last week skiing with my family at Whistler, and the holiday inspired me to write something a little different this month!

1. Try an idea out. Push it a few times, if it still isn’t working try another idea.

chris-and-kidsOur trip started with a plan. My wife and I wanted to take the kids on a spring break ski week at one of the family-friendly resorts in the Okanagan. Our friends had raved about them.

But when I started calling around to make reservations (a few months ago) every place I called had problems. They were booked, or they didn’t get back to us. Continue reading…

Fundamentals of Energy Management

  1. Values: know what matters most, and ask yourself if you have the energy to live the way you want to live.
  2. Nutrition: eat healthy meals and snacks to support your day, and know when treats help and when they hurt.
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Pick an event and go for gold

One way Olympic Athletes maintain focus is that they always train FOR something. They train for national competitions. They train for world championships. They train for the Olympics.

They summon the energy to get out there rain or shine because for them, exercise has a purpose.

You may not picture yourself taking the podium for the luge, but finding an event, or a physical challenge is a great way to shift your mindset from seeing exercise as a chore to seeing its purpose in your life. Continue reading…

Tap into an underexploited energy source: Your emotional energy

We all possess four distinct, yet interconnected sources of energy: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Most of us have a pretty good read on our physical and mental energy levels.

Energy reservesPhysical energy is about what your body can handle: you know your physical energy is low if you fall asleep on a conference call, or if you are dragging your butt to meetings.

Mental energy is about what your brain can handle: you know your mental energy is high if you’re able to analyze a dense report, or if you can make creative connections throughout the day.

Emotional energy is about what you can handle emotionally. It is often indicated by a person’s stress threshold, their breaking/boiling point, their ability to maintain a positive outlook, or their ability to motivate themselves and others. These are all critical factors for high performance at work and at home. Continue reading…

Holiday energy tips!

Do the holidays wear you out? Or are you already heading into the holidays wondering if you have the energy to do what everyone expects of you?

The holidays are fun, but they can also take a toll.

We race to get things finished up at work. Then there’s the shopping madness, the social engagements (pressures), and the family …fun.

My gift to my readers this year is a handful of energy tips that can help you get the most from the holiday season.

1.  Eat well Over the holidays treat your body to 80% light, healthy, energy boosting foods and 20% comforting, delicious holiday fare. And never “save up” calories by not eating, it will just backfire and you will overeat in the end. Continue reading…

My life is more than half over

Is your life more than half over? Mine is.

My 45th birthday was a couple of weeks ago. When I factor in family history, increased life expectancy, and everything I do to take care of myself, I still come up with 90 as a likely final buzzer. So as of 10 days ago, there’s just no getting around the fact my life is more than half over. Continue reading…