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Your Summer Assignment is Here!

As we move into August, many families are taking vacations before the start of school.  Summer time is usually a time for more fun and relaxation for both parents and kids out of school.

Some of the best family memories are made during the summer; going on vacation, seeing relatives, camping, or making projects.  Kids seem to sprout like weeds during the summer months as their daily activities change.  Most of us have family memories to look back on and remember as we become adults.  I can remember my Dad declaring one summer day, “We are going on a picnic today and EVERYONE is going to have FUN!” in his loud declarative voice.

What families do and the traditions they have reflect their values.  I did not realize until I was much older the values that I got from my family.  As I matured, I began to develop my own values and … many of them were my family’s values.  Work hard and make a contribution, be generous, continue to learn new things as you grow, be honest and always respect others.  These were not just things my parents told me I should do – they were the things that they did too.

We all have our favorite childhood memories to look back on and share with our children.

As parents, we might assume that our day-to-day lives and special memories convey our values clearly to our children.  But that isn’t always the case.  A colleague of mine has a great way of articulating this, “Children are great observers, but lousy interpreters.”

As a Certified Family Coach, I often hear from parents “Of course my children know our family values.”  Then, when give an assignment to ask their children what their family values are, they are surprised at the responses they get.  Most simply put, values are chosen guiding principles to be lived in every area of life.  Values show up at home, at work, at school, on the playground and when you are alone.

Here’s a great activity for your family before the school-year routines return. Reflect on the last 7 days and write down things that stand out regarding:

  • How you distributed your time over those 7 days?  Work, recreation, service and supporting others, learning something new, housework, sleeping, exercising, time for TV, etc.
  • How much time during the week did you spend in each area?
  • What were the things you wanted to do but did not take time to do?

As you identify where and how you spent your time, what values do you connect to those activities?

For example;  if I am spending time studying in pursuit of a college degree, I value education.  If I volunteer weekly at a homeless shelter or food bank, I might value service or compassion.  If I am regularly planning family activities or opportunities to get together with extended family, I might value family.

A fun family activity that you can do is plan a time as a family to talk about what you value most.  Have everyone in the family share.  Kids might say… fun or sports. Start with sharing what values are in your own words including what it looks like to live each value.  Make it a fun activity – take a 3×5 card for each value and place the word on one side and and describe how you live it on the other side.  Then decorate the cards.  You can put them in a box and pull one each week to focus on “living” and “seeing/experiencing” that value for the week.  Values are to be lived and experienced; the ultimate walking the talk!

Enjoy the rest of the summer, sharing family time together, making memories and living your values.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Creating Meaningful Dialogue

Empowerment from Source Point Training | February 15, 2017

Rodney King, after the Los Angeles Riots in 1992 said, “Can’t we all get along”. Human beings are born to be connected; and yet we are living in a world today that seems to spend a good deal of time expressing all the ways that we are different in culture, age, life experiences and economic means.

The last decade in America has challenged us all to accept changes in ways that many had never expected.  With change comes resistance, always.  Change means that we must be willing to let go of the way that is, was or always has been.

My niece, who is a school principle, shared this video with me recently about a school in England that is teaching Oracy.  As I watched it, I thought how great it would be if all adults could take the time to go back and re-learn the art of meaningful dialogue.

How many times in the last year have you found yourself becoming frustrated or even fearful at what you hear people say around you?  Maybe at work you sense a lack of alignment or even competition in the way that people share their ideas.   How do you have meaningful dialogue with your co-workers?

In social situations with friends that you have known for years, do you find yourself checking out or even having judgments about what they are sharing? Sometimes, when we know people really well, we stop listening to them and assume we know what they think about things.  Or perhaps in the last year with the political climate you realized that you have very different beliefs about where we are headed as a country.  Maybe you find yourself becoming upset when you attempt to share your point of view and you’re interrupted by someone sharing their perspective.

As a group of people working together or those you socialize with, it is not uncommon to have this type of reaction to others.  This is why so many of us “protect” ourselves from other people’s judgments.  That’s why we play the game – “just go along” thinking it is easier to get along then rock the boat.

Organizations talk about collaboration and innovation to foster creativity but do most people really understand what is required to create the trust and willingness to share openly their ideas and opinions?

To have effective dialogue with others, we must first be willing to listen to understand.  Stephen Covey in his world-famous book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” identified Seek First to Understand as one of the 7 habits for people to be most effective.  But what does that require?  We must be willing to suspend our judgments and opinions about what others are saying.  We must be open to listen to understand another’s point of view.   This requires us to let go of our worldview, which includes beliefs, values and assumptions many times.

Second, we must be willing to share our point of view even in the face of resistance. Be neutral, focus on finding ways to express what we believe in a way that others will be open to listen.  Look first at where we agree and connect and then bridge to another point of view we may have.  Know your “hot buttons.”  These are certain words or ideas that will trigger you into reaction.  We all have them.

Third, look for common ground where we have shared purpose and values.  Communicate clearly what you both agree on before discussing what you see differently or where you disagree.

Lastly, be respectful.  Our worldviews come from our past and how we were raised, our life’s experiences, core beliefs, values and circumstances.   We can’t change another person’s worldview just by giving them more information about what we think or the evidence we have. Worldviews are shaped over time.  Stephen Covey often spoke about shifting paradigms.  As our world changes and evolves over time, we can begin to see new possibilities if we respect different points of view and accept that our world is always changing.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Coaching Health Care Practioners

COACHING IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS ARENA IS THE FASTEST GROWING AREA FOR PROFESSIONAL COACHES TO CONTRIBUTE TO CREATING CHANGE AND TRANSFORMING PEOPLE’S LIVES.

ObamacareIn the last 10 years, health care professionals using coaching skills to bring creative ways for patients to take ownership AND action towards life long health and wellness, have reduced personal health care costs and costs for employers due to the reduction of time off work.

Some of the recent trends in healthcare coaching were brought on by the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) that incented healthcare professionals to include health and wellness programs as part of their practice and to be able to demonstrate its effects and efficacy with patients.

Most health savings accounts now cover health or wellness coaching, and insurance companies are offering discounts on premiums for companies and organizations that include health coaching in their wellness programs.

Let’s face it, most people go to a doctor when there is something “wrong” with their health.  Traditional doctors diagnosis and prescribe. Many times writing a prescription that the patient truly does not understand; nor do they take time to study and review its use and possible side effects.healthcoach

Recently, I had an opportunity to visit a doctor in Hong Kong due to experiencing numbness in my right hand.  I spent 4 hours being treated and got relief; but less than 10 minutes of that time was with the doctor and staff discussing what caused this or what I could do to prevent this from occurring in the future.  I have had similar experiences with my own physicians in the U.S.  If patients are to take more responsibility for their health, and practitioners are now responsible for demonstrating how they are reducing health care costs for patients, then the value for developing coaching skills is essential.  All medical practitioners can make a great impact on patient costs and in reducing health risks associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, weight, autoimmune diseases, addiction and cardiac care with these coaching skills.

healthylunchSource Point Training has had the opportunity to work with the University of Southern Florida College of Medicine’s Masters Certification Program A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine) and with leaders of hospitals such as Sharp Hospital in San Diego, California, to train professionals on using coaching skills and tools in working with their patients.

Healthcare organizations who see the value of coaching, are looking for ways to facilitate partnership with patient and medical providers.  Today’s medical system is very complex, consisting not only of medical providers, but insurance, government, pharmaceuticals to name a few.  However, based on most organizations who have adopted coaching as part of their patient care, here’s what can be expected:

  • Develop health professional coaching knowledge and skills
  • Establish a coaching culture within the health care provider’s environment
  • Empower patient involvement in their own care, wellness and recovery
  • Reduce cost of medical services with higher ROI for services provided
  • Increase patient satisfaction levels that are now being measured through the Affordable Care Act.

To learn more about providing coaching skills and technology in the medical field, contact us at 800-217-5660.

Our best to you, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Organizational Coaching – Is Your Organization Prepared?

Today, the coaching industry continues to grow and expand.  In recent years, more and more statistical data has been collected providing evidence of the value of coaching and the demand for well-trained, certified coaches, especially as internal coaches and leaders with coaching skills.

There are several drivers for the increase in organizational coaching such as the numbers of millennials in the workforce and their expectation of a working environment that is rich in coaching and mentoring, and documented evidence of the positive impact coaching has in several areas.  In ICF’s 2015 Coaching Culture for Increased Engagement Survey, responding organizations were asked to rate their level of agreement for the positive impact coaching has had within their organization in the following areas:

In 2013, ICF contracted the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP International Survey Unit (ISU) to undertake the Global Organizational Coaching Study designed to gather reliable, in-depth information from people within organizations who make decisions about coaching.  If your organization is considering integrating coaching into the workplace, this is a great study to share with the decision makers and influencers within your organization.  We have assisted many organizations in the integration of coaching into their leadership development and always welcome the opportunity to collaborate with leadership teams on how best to do so for their organization.

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Source Point Training alumni graduate from our coach training program with the certification and skills required to meet the continual demand for coaches. Our coaches enjoy working with business executives, medical professionals, military service members, attorneys, information technology managers, and many other professionals to help individuals and organizations realize their full potential.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to begin your journey as a coach in 2016 and be prepared to be part of the rapidly growing demand for organizational coaches!

The next session of Fundamentals & Mastery of Performance Coaching begins April 29 – May 1, 2106 in Phoenix, AZ.

Reach out by phone or email for information and insights about our program.  707-750-3318  [email protected]

We’re here to help you decide if this is the right program for you.

With warmest gratitude, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

In a World of Chaos, Respect Conflicting Worldviews

AS WE WATCH OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM WORK (OR NOT) TO SELECT THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNTED STATES, I HEAR MANY PEOPLE SAY – “I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR IS HAPPENDING IN THE US.”

usAs a child of the 60’s, I can remember another time in history when our nation was faced with such polarization that it lost much of what we had all been raised to believe in – that each person had a right to free speech.  Those were contentious times and people confronted one another philosophically and violently around such issues as civil rights, the Vietnam War, feminism and justice.

In the last 5 years, we have experienced more violence in our communities than ever before and seeing people’s reaction to it by creating even more violence and death.  We have 24/7 news access and more advanced technology than ever before and yet we witness behavior that seems primitive.argue2

We have shows that talk about bullying and the damage it is doing to our young people and that drugs have become an epidemic, and diabetes and obesity are killing our youth. Big issues in our country require people being willing to play a bigger game to work together and let go of their fixed beliefs and individual ideology and world views to be able to see something bigger than themselves, their emotions and individual perspectives.

Coaching people for over 25 years I have the opportunity to listen to many worldviews and perspectives that are different than my own.  However, my commitment to respect different perspectives and to look together with my client at possibilities, to see beyond immediate circumstances, is what is needed to create something new.  Following are some simple rules of civility that can help us all come together with an understanding of the issues and work to create solutions.

  • Re-evaluate what you believe in – be willing to look at different perspectives. Are you willing to have an open mind and perhaps change your point of view?
  • Try to understand what you see and what you hear versus react and respond in judgment at the way people are expressing themselves.
  • As Dr. Stephen Covey shared many years ago, “seek first to understand in order to be understood.”
  • Remember the loudest voice is not always the voice of reason.
  • Don’t give up and sit on the sidelines judging the game – get in the game and be a part of reinventing the game by playing a bigger game.
  • Remember, just because you do not agree does not mean the other person is wrong.
  • Come from respect and the values you want your children to follow.

worldWe are living in a diverse world and learning to get along at a global level like never before. Each person has a voice and can make an impact – technology has given us that. As Americans, we have the right to express ourselves. However, with that comes the responsibility to speak respectfully and thoughtfully in a way that people can hear and understand what we are saying.

I believe that from chaos we will create order; that has always been what changes our world and we must always have faith in the fact that each of us makes a difference.

With warmest gratitude,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Is this All there Is?

jokerThe New Year is behind us and we are all looking at the long year ahead.  This is the time many people begin to look at their careers and work environments and ask themselves, “Is this all there is?”

I remember many years ago when I was still working in the corporate environment, saying to co-workers, “I can’t stomach another budget review, project plan and feasibility analysis.” It just seemed as though I was doing the same thing over and over again. Where once these were exciting opportunities to demonstrate my capabilities, they had become just plain tiresome.   Nothing much has changed since that time because all businesses require the same basic tools to exist and people to provide them.

According to a recent survey conducted by LinkedIn Global Job Seeker Trends, people do not change jobs because of their bosses, lack of challenge, too much demand on them or even the pay.  Of 10,000 people surveyed on why they changed jobs, 45% indicated because they saw a lack of career opportunity.  I have coached many people through the years on how to make the most of their jobs and take responsibility for their career path.  Too often people expect their managers to guide them or let them know what is needed.  Many people wait for the right opportunity to shine.  However, if you ask most people who have become successful they will tell you it is because they took charge of their careers. They used every opportunity to look for and take on new challenges.  This does not always mean that you need to change jobs.

Here are some strategies that I have used in coaching when I have clients who find themselves stuck with a low libido when it comes to their careers:

  • First, remember that your job and career are only one part of your life. Look at all areas of your life to determine if this low level of energy and interest is in any other area of your life.  Perhaps you are facing the winter blues and nothing feels quite right.  If that is true, it is time to do an inventory of what brings you real meaning and a sense of purpose.  Are you a creative thinker and lacking opportunities to use that natural gift of yours?  Look around to see if there is a project waiting for you to take on at home or at work?  If it is at work, who can you enroll in some new thinking or ideas for change?  If at home, what would be your first step to get started?Bulb
  • Be willing to declare something new.  Iyanla Vanzant, a great writer, wrote the book In the Meantime in which she spoke of how people wait for the right time to take on their dreams and what they want.  There is no time like the present.  It has become even more relevant today with our rapidly changing times.  Look for opportunities at work to take on a new project. How do you find them?  Look for areas that others are complaining about but not taking action to change anything.  You can be the one to declare your intention to take it on.  Find something that needs changing that is really meaningful for you.  You must be truly interested in what you want to change or else it will become hard and eventually you will give up.  When you decide what you want to change and how that will make a difference, begin to enroll others in your ideas.  Each person in an organization can take the lead but it requires your commitment.  People who wait will not be seen as the people organizations want to move up their career ladder.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate.  Share your intentions to advance your career with your managers.  Let them know you want to be challenged and to play your best game.  Identify areas you want to become more capable and let your manager know.  Ask for challenging assignments where you will need to stretch yourself and learn something new and be able to take more risks.  This will always benefit you as your career path develops.  Many mangers I have coached have shared that they wish their employees would ask them for more challenging assignments.  You must be willing to take the lead in your career.Smile
  • Get a coach.  Before changing careers one of the best investments you can make is to hire a coach.  Perhaps your organization has internal coaches available to assist you in your career development.  Almost 50% of organizations today have internal coaches or are planning to provide internal coaches for their employees.  A coach is a great resource to help you evaluate your strengths and what you really want to do to develop yourself and advance your career.  Source Point Training has been working with organizations over the last several years to provide coaching for employees within an organization who want to play a bigger game and contribute at higher levels but require coaching to develop their best strategy.

There are many opportunities for you to create exactly what you want in the year ahead.  The first step is to get off the bench and take the lead to determine what you want, where your greatest talents lie and enroll people to give you the opportunity to go for it and bring more excitement to what you do everyday.

With warmest gratitude, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

5 Key Coaching Skills for IT Professionals

With Big Data growing at the rate of 800% over next 5 years and the exiting of Boomers in business to Millennials, there is an increased need for IT managers to coach teams to deal with a rapidly changing technology landscape and to implement strategies that will exceed customer expectations.

ComputersIT professionals are faced with increased demand for rapid responses – zero defects and cost containment.  They must know how to enroll customers and users, who unlike themselves, do not understand the technology they are using.  They must enroll IT teams in dealing with major IT change initiatives and develop ways to coordinate major projects that have many interdependencies and requires collaboration and coordination.

Source Point Training has provided coach training for professionals for over 12 years. We understand that in today’s environment, coaching is a skill that can accelerate the professional growth and development and career enhancement that leads to success.

 

5 Coaching Skills to Assist You in Moving Your IT Projects and Teams Forward

  1. The Art of Enrollment – Know how to enroll your team in a way that they understand the value of a project or its changes to create alignment.  Many IT professionals would be happy if they did not need to talk to users or customers.  Coaching your team to enroll others will make their job a lot easier.  Enrollment means being able to connect and relate to others then align on what is needed and inquire to really understand what others want. Lastly, to be able to confidently share how they will support the users or customers expectations and what action will be taken.ITmeeting
  2. Speak so People Will Listen – Learn to listen and speak the language of your customers and users and they will be more interested in hearing what you have to say.  Many people really do not know how to listen  – they wait to talk or share their point of view.  When we listen deeply, then we can respond to others in a way that builds trust and better working relationships.  Coaching team members these valuable listening skills will greatly reduce the emotional stress that is tied to many IT issues.
  3. Practice Style Flexing – There are many different personality styles, cultures and generations working together in today’s IT environment.  Take time to invest in learning different styles and coach teams to practice flexing their style to meet and match that of another.  When we can relate through our preferred preference of communicating and thinking, productivity will improve because of better understanding and relationship.
  4. Welcome Conflict – Coach IT teams to be willing to have a difficult conversation in order to clear up conflicts. When people are coached to deal with conflict effectively, then there is less conflict.  Dealing with conflict means they must be willing to put aside their “story” of a situation and be willing to see another perspective. Teams must be coached to look at ways to reconcile and reach alignment and be open to seeing new options and perspectives.
  5. Look Accountably at All Results – IT professionals deal in data and seldom see grey areas.  Coaching teams to look at all results from a place of neutrality will assist them in discovering more choices and options in order to prevent problems in the future.  This requires the time to sit down and take a look before moving forward.  IT jobs have a great demand on time and resources.  However, by coaching your team to take this time to stop and look at what worked and what did not work on a project, they will be better equipped in the future.

Source Point Training’s Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching is a proven coach-training curriculum approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) that covers these coaching skills and so many more.  Learn to lead and coach your team to new levels and to experience more success personally by coaching others to win.

Contact us today at 800-217-5660 ext. 101 to learn more and join us for our upcoming webinar for IT professionals – details below.  Our next sessions begins October 16-18 in Phoenix, AZ.  Class is limited to 12 to provide for a high level of support and mentorship throughout the process from both myself and our faculty team.

Warmest wishes, Barbara

Join us for this Live Webinar Event with Master Coach Barbara Fagan to learn how the skills of coaching will set you apart from other IT leaders and make your job easier and more fulfilling each day.

Wednesday, August 5 @ 6:00pm Pacific

Register Here Today!

 

Becoming a Coach – The In-Demand “Soft Skill”

FUNDAMENTALS AND MASTERY OF PERFORMANCE COACHING
ICF Approved Coach Certification Training

No longer solely for those wanting to open a Coaching Business!

The coaching profession is growing rapidly with high demands for independent business coaches as well as internal coaches employed within organizations.

successchartToday, gaining the skills of a coach isn’t solely about opening a coaching business. Many organizations are now realizing the importance of “soft skills” as a high priority equal to trade or academic knowledge.  These skills are now seen as strategic capabilities. Businesses today must focus on creating relationships in all areas of the business which means a values-driven culture, great communication skills and the ability to collaborate and share ideas effectively.

The principles of Source Point Training have been coaching for over 25 years and have trained and certified professional coaches  recognized by the International Coaching Federation for 14 years.  Never before has the demand for coaching been higher and is now seen as a key leadership skill.

Source Point Training is not a “cookie-cutter” training organization.  Our Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coach Training curriculum provides a 141 ICF Approved CCEs and is designed in an way that also evokes highly impactful personal growth for each participant.

Here’s what makes us unique and a step above most other coaching schools:

Barbara Fagan, International Master Coach and Facilitator with over 25 years of coaching experience and an unparalleled passion for training coaches

An ontological coaching model that is both taught and experienced through the training process creating self awareness and personal growth

Introduction to Neuro-linguistics Programming (NLP) as a powerful coaching communication tool

Introduction to Emergenetics® Profile, one of the newest scientific assessment tools for understanding thinking and behavior preferences

A plan to launch your business platform or integrate coaching skills into your current environment

This year’s class will be limited to only 12 participants.  Call us today and set up an interview to see how coaching may be your next step to greater success.embassytempe

WHEN:    Training begins October 16-18, 2015

WHERE:  Embassy Suites Tempe – Phoenix, AZ

To learn more about becoming a Certified Professional Performance Coach and to request your interview time, contact us at 800-217-5660 ext. 101.

Warmest wishes, Barbara

 

THE IMPACT OF PERSONAL GROWTH ON INNOVATION

This week, Source Point Training launches Open Enrollment for the next Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching.  The increase in demand for coaching continues to grow.  More and more business leaders are realizing the impact coaching can have on their organizations and moving towards embracing a coaching culture as a way of being in business and serving their employees and their customers.

treehandsPart of this steadily increasing interest from within the business community is the realization, especially with the growing millennial population, that developing the “whole person” is what most positively opens the space for innovation and impact to  their bottom line.  For so long, businesses have been investing in “professional development” focused on specific “hard skills” training and traditional “management development”.  Today, progressive organizations see that it must be a combination of professional AND personal development.

Below are a few excerpts from a great article written by Geoffrey James, Contributing Editor for Inc.com, that highlights that innovation comes from personal growth of an organization’s employees and the 4 key ways an organization can nurture the personal growth of employees.  You can read the full article here:

1.    Create a community; not a machine.  I’ve sometimes heard leaders proudly describe their organization as “well-oiled machine.”  When leaders think of organizations as machines, they inevitably dehumanize employees either as cogs in that machine or “resources” that the machine must chew up and spit out in order to keep itself running. When leaders visualize an organization as a community of individuals it sets a completely different tone. It unleashes a flood of enthusiasm and energy. Employees feel free to grow into new roles in order to help the entire community to succeed.goofy

2.    Balance overtime with “undertime”.  Today’s pace of change is so rapidthat it sometimes feels like you’ve got to run as fast as you can just to stay in the same place, let alone get ahead of everyone else. Because there’s never time to relax, you burn out before you get anywhere.  It’s true that you’ll sometimes need to work overtime to meet deadlines or ship dates. To give yourself (and everyone else) a chance to grow, you also need to work “undertime” which means, well, goofing off.

3.    Provide training on life skills.  Many leaders consider training to be an expense. What’s worse, such leaders think training should be limited to job skills.  In fact, a company’s ability to take full advantage of good times as well as cope with the bad times requires employees with strong life skills: overcoming fear, managing emotions, building empathy, better communication, etc.  While training on job skills is important, training life skills can create those breakthrough moments where people transcend their limitations and grow into the person they need to be to move to the next level.

4.    Commit to your own personal growth.  When your company grows, the leaders either grow or are left behind. Executives who fail to grow get stuck in one job.  Successful entrepreneurs and executives are lifelong learners. They devour new information, seek new perspectives, challenge themselves to become the best they can be. [Personal growth] comes from spending time and energy on yourself. It comes from developing the courage to let go of who you think you are and instead transform yourself into someone better.

Organizations that see the value in supporting both the personal and professional growth of their employees are the organizations who are actively:

– Contracting outside certified coaches
– Hiring Internal Coaches
– Bringing in a coach training curriculum to promote coaching as a new approach to old school management

If you are interested in becoming a certified coach with an ICF Approved organization or feel your organization would like to learn more about infusing a coaching culture as part of their Training & Development focus, give Ginny Carter, Administrative Director, a call to learn more, 800-217-5660.  Check Our Website for more information about Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching and our next  dates.

Warmest wishes, Barbara

 

Learn to Manage Expectations

OVER COMMITTING LEADS TO OVERWHELM AND STRESS
LEARN TO MANAGE EXPECTATIONS

ToDoToo often I hear from the people I coach that they are “overwhelmed” and do not feel they are getting anywhere. They constantly get lost and off track because they have too many priorities. Sounds like you?

It can be challenging in today’s 24/7 environment where multi-tasking is the norm to stay focused and keep your eye on what is really important. Many of us can feel we are run by our e-mails and not by our objectives and goals.

Here are some coaching tools that I use with many clients who are in this situation of feeling over whelmed and overly stressed.

Get clear on your Key Focus each week and set reasonable targets. Look at your schedule and identify specifically those things that are important (but not urgent). Things that will keep you current and up to date each week.

Look at specific projects you want to focus on each week and evaluate how much time they will take.

Be able to look objectively at what really must get done in order to produce the outcomes you want. Use the 80:20 rule (80 percent of your outcomes come from 20 percent of your inputs). What tasks will create the greatest impact? Many times people talk about being productive, but they do not think about what will produce the greatest outcome.

Begin each day first by evaluating what you want to accomplish (results) by the end of the day and then update your “to-do” list.

Set aside specific time each day to check your e-mail. Checking e-mail can be habit forming and a great time waster. Scheduling it on regular intervals will increase efficiency and focus.

Lean to say no. When people approach you to take on something that is not involved with your key area of focus – learn to assess the real importance. If necessary, renegotiate a deadline that you can confidently meet.

Always spend time each week developing your relationships, this includes both work and at home. People want more balance between work and home but seldom stop to plan how they will create that balance each week.

At the end of each day, take time to acknowledge all that you did accomplish.CoreValuesTree

Last, but not least, always align how you spend your time with your life values. First, know what they are; health, spirituality, education, relationship. Learn to live aligned with your values by spending time each week living these values and you will experience less overwhelm and a great deal more harmony in your life.

Warmest wishes, Barbara