Uncluttered Office with Catherine Avery

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My guest Tin and I discuss marketing from a “does it work” viewpoint. She explains how working with multinational companies means ensuring that the marketing appeals on a global level.   We discuss communications and how small businesses jump straight to the end. But there are actually 6 things to think about first, so that you choose your platform effectively. We wrap up with our take on working from home as introverted entrepreneurs. And how setting goals, including self care, is more important than ever.    
My guest, Theresa, shares her journey of how she went from giving massages in corporate America to shifting in this pandemic to sharing a message of authenticity and spirituality.    Theresa and I talk about the importance of connection in the workplace and how we create that even when working from home. Her solution is virtual self-awareness and ritual sessions with mindfulness, stretching, and massage.    We also talk about the power of pausing and the breath. When you’re stressed, focus on your breathing. We wrap up with some of my favorite parts of Theresa’s new book “From Stressed to Blessed”.    To learn more about Theresa Crisci:    Theresa Crisci is an entrepreneur, speaker, teacher, wellness professional and now an author.    She has had her own Corporate Wellness Business since 1993, helping people reduce stress and live happier, more fulfilling lives.     Her passion is to help people change the way they look at things so the things they look at will change.     This process then grows into a way each individual can help themself grow and uncover the authentic being they came here to be.     She is currently studying at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, on track to be an Interfaith Minister in July 2022.    Total Life Balance    “From Stressed to Blessed” purchase here    On YouTube: Theresa Crisci    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:    Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and  LinkedIn    To connect with Catherine: Schedule a Call     *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.    Purchase her book, make a private life enrichment appointment or sign up for her monthly Newsletter on her Website: www.totalbalancelifechoice.com    For brief Virtual stress reduction sessions, go to her Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuRLnMR6JI_NBTS9c5UNsLg    Follow her on Instagram at Totalbalancelifechoice or Linked in at Theresa C. Crisci. 
It was summer and I was burned out, something I had to give. And it wasn’t going to be me. So I took a pause from this podcast. I re-evaluated the processes. Were there inefficiencies I could fix to make the admin part of the podcast less stressful while continuing the joy of hosting? Yes! In this episode, I take you through what worked and what didn’t. I also lay out the strategies I’m using to now host an even better podcast! At the end I share a bit about my why. Hint – it has to do with the power of the pause and setting up systems in your business. To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:  Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and  LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: Schedule a Call    *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
Lynn Trotta and Catherine meander down the nature path. They discuss the importance of cultural repair, being in nature and connecting with others, the earth, and ourselves.   Even a 5-10 minute practice of being present simply sitting outside and engaging all of your senses can restore your calm and re-center you.   We aren’t robots. We aren’t designed for constant doing. Taking time to BE ensured you’re more productive throughout your day.   About Lynn Trotta -   Lynn Trotta is a certified life-coach and nature-based mentor. Her mission is to guide empathic lightworkers, out of the overwhelm and into peace and connection, by building a meaningful relationship with nature, ceremonies, and advocacy.    After getting a degree in Biology, she dove headfirst into studying mentoring and cultural repair with a variety of teachers and elders. Lynn said good-bye to the usual career path and co-founded the Sagefire Institute with her husband, in 2005. She is now a Nature-Based Life Coach and leads transformational experiences.   https://www.lynntrotta.com   To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:    Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD 
Nyota and I march our way through the military and how her experiences there inform her adaptability coaching. Adaptability is especially important during a crisis and we’re all living through one now.   We explored the dynamic between the masculine and the feminine, particularly as both of us spent many years primarily working with men, Nyota in the military and me in Wall Street in the nineties.  We wrapped up with discussing “The Unraveling of Captain Gordon”, Nyota’s book that she wrote in 3 weeks.  To learn more about Nyota Gordon:  Nyota Gordon is a United States Army retiree with over 22 years of active federal service that uses her leadership skills as your Adaptability Coach and Leadership Strategist at Transition365. She helps high performing veterans and everyday people to conquer their Transitions by using their hard-earned skills to find significance, meaning, and purpose and become adaptive in their personal and professional lives and create new money through part-time entrepreneurship.  With Nyota, you create a new life's mission that helps you get rid of limiting beliefs and replace them with powerful certainties.  Facebook Group/Challenge  Transition 365  The Unraveling of Captain Gordon  To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:  Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD  *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. 
Michelle Mercier joins Catherine Avery today on the podcast to discuss how much we hate the term work-life balance. Michelle calls this integration, which makes much more sense when you think of the wheel of life pie chart (link below). It all starts with knowing your values and then living into them.  We bust the myth that being busy is being productive. Productivity comes from unplugging, from taking that quiet break for yourself away from the business. And how this is even more important in a time of a pandemic when we need to do all the things all the time.  We wrap up with a sneak peek into the beauty that is Michelle’s brand new podcast The Resilient Entrepreneur. You have to check it out!  To learn more about Michelle Mercier:  Michelle Mercier is a Business Strategy Coach, the host of The Resilient Entrepreneur Podcast as well as the founder of the Surviving Entrepreneurship Community.  She has 20+ years of corporate and professional experience.   Michelle has worked with a wide range of different businesses – from nationally acclaimed non-profits to Fortune 500 corporations.   She’s also a mom of two and married to her best friend in the world…she couldn’t do all this without him!  Create Honesty  The Resilient Entrepreneur Podcast  Surviving Entrepreneurship Facebook Page  Wheel of Life Assessment  To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:  Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD  *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. 
Candice and I start with our childhood reflections on our earliest sense of our intuition. Candice accesses her intuition to create heavenly meditations and to help entrepreneurs like me to release blocks and get to the heart of our business.  Candice teaches us not only ways to meditate, but also how to set up your environment for your well-being. You won’t want to miss Candice lovely story around re-creating her home office.  We wrap up by discussing how abundance can come in many forms not just money. And how when we clear space for flow, life becomes magical.  About Candice Hozza  Candice Hozza is a Spiritual Strategist and Business Intuitive, Founder of CandiceHozza.com and The Intuitive Business Podcast.   Working with high performing heart-centered women business owners, she helps them align their mission to their money so they can develop a highly profitable soul-driven business.   Using her expertise in utilizing intuition and the Quantum energy field she’s able to help women business owners release the blocks that are holding them back and gain clarity on the direction of their business so they can generate the money they desire while aligning to their truest mission.  Candice Hozza  To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:  Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD  *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. 
April Gregory is a marketing powerhouse. Her company isn’t called Wonder Woman for no reason! We open with a discussion of how we chose our company names to reflect our brands and how each discovered our life’s calling. Then April takes us through her personal branding process, You the Brand. We dive deep into how we can BE at a time when so many black indigenous people of color (BIPOC) need our voices. They key is to not ignore the elephant in the room. April teaches us not to be tone deaf to what’s happening in our world. For example, you can show people of color in your marketing materials. About April Gregory April Gregory is a Brand & Marketing Operations Strategist, Founder of Wonder Woman Marketing. Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP), Certified High Impact Coach.  Named Adweek's Most Influential Attendee.  Loves God, Energy Medicine and family.  Wonder Woman Marketing exists to bring power and harmony to your marketing operations. Function. People.  Systems. Wonder Woman Marketing April Gregory Coaching To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery: Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
Then Hans goes into depth as to where colleges are going to need to meet the true customer – the person who holds the checkbook – because for the first time in years, parents have the ability to negotiate the cost of college. You won’t want to miss discussions from mindset to college negotiations. To learn more about Hans Hanson – Hans Hanson is a long-time National College Advisor, working with parents, students, and athletes from around the country for getting college right. This includes getting on the right colleges, meeting the right people, and asking the right questions for winning admissions, earning scholarships, and saving thousands on college costs.  College Clarity Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/collegeclarity/ College Logic: https://mycollegelogic.myshopify.com/ Links: The Inside Secrets to Playing College Sports To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery: Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.  
Diann and I take you on our personal journeys through our ADHD. She gives us the brain science behind our every day hilarious moments.   Learn why most females aren’t diagnosed with ADHD until they’re in menopause. It’s not that you’re 50 and suddenly going crazy. It’s that your tend and befriend hormone - estrogen - has left the building.   Join us as Diann explains how you can use your speedy brain with grace and humor to get through those distracted moments.   Diann Wingert is a life and business coach for creatives & entrepreneurs who identify with the strengths and struggles of ADHD/ADD traits, officially diagnosed or not. After her own mid-life diagnosis & learning everything she could about how ADHD/ ADD is expressed in women,  Diann is on a mission to help other gifted, creative & entrepreneurial women achieve their true potential through radical self-acceptance, leveraging their strengths & creating an ADHD friendly business and life.   Diann’s website is www.diannwingertcoaching.com and her brand new podcast for the driven, but distracted entrepreneur is called The Driven Woman and can be found on apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.     Links:  The Female Brain by Louann Brizedine Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery: Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
Welcome new friend and my west coast doppelganger, Judy Dang, to a lively discussion about rewriting the rules on productivity.  We dance through office design, organization, functionality, and lots of fun.   Judy shares her unique buckets list and we talk about how a gratitude practice can boost your productivity. Most importantly, we explore what it means to be enough.  You won’t want to miss Judy’s favorite time management app and huddle time. Join us.  About Judy Dang  Judy is all about helping clients get through the messy middle so they reach the finish line. Instead of starting 57 ideas and never finishing them, clients learn to cut through the noise and focus on priorities that drive business forward.  Avid at Work  To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:  Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. 
Diane Jones is a public relations and communications pro, who explains the right way to do communications during this crisis.  Diane teaches us how to break through all of the noise in the marketplace. The key is to know who your target audience is and what they need to hear and where they will hear it. Not every audience is on every platform.  We discuss how there’s no amount of PR that can replace great customer service. But if a company makes a mistake, and mistakes do happen, then it’s the way the company fixes the mistake that leaves the lasting impression.  Tune in for the good, the bad, and the ugly stories of the world of PR.  About Diane Jones –  Diane Jones is a 25-year veteran of public relations and marketing. She has worked for businesses, nonprofits, local governments and for agencies, so you could definitely say she has done it all.  Diane specializes in working with local governments and nonprofits, but is also passionate about helping small businesses with their communication needs.  She lives in Florida in the Tampa Bay area with her husband, son and two dogs.  Links:  http://www.djpublicrelations.com/  To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:  Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD  *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. 
Catherine’s guest today is Nika Stewart of Streambank Media. Nika breaks down exactly what’s advisable with social media marketing at a time of crisis, especially that we need to know our audience before reaching out to them. Personal is better. She assures you that our customers still need things. And if we have in person jobs, we can figure out ways to offer those services virtually. Even if it’s hair products for a woman who doesn’t presently have hair! Come get your social media shine on with Nika. Bio Nika Stewart is CEO of Streambank Media, a full-service social media agency. She helps personality-driven brands grow their visibility and influence with Done-For-You social media programs. Learn more about your host, Catherine Avery: Website Facebook LinkedIn Connect with Catherine   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.  
Today’s guest is Brynn Breuner, an unconventional brand strategist and wonderful friend. Brynn lives in Reno. Brynn speaks her truth unapologetically, which is why Catherine asked her to be on the show!    Brynn and Catherine discuss how your “Why” is the essence of your brand.  Then learn how you can take the power of your Why story to up level all aspects of your business. Brynn will use an experience she had with an orchestra to bring it all together.    Tune in because a conversation with Brynn is absolutely magical.    To learn more about Brynn Breuner -    Brynn Breuner is an unconventional brand strategist for unconventional people.  She brings 30+ years of visual design, branding, and wordsmithing to helping visionary leaders communicate “what they really do” with ease and impact.    ​When you can describe it, you can sell it.    http://www.mindsparkbranding.com/    Links:   Start With Why by Simon Sinek    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:    Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn    To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD    *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. 
A special note from your host, Catherine This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive. Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first.   Rochester based marketing specialist, Tamara MacDuff is today’s special guest. Tamara is a Certified SCORE mentor and especially adept at all things small business.    We start by discussing how you can access money during this challenge. And Tamara offers ideas of expenses you can cut now to help make ends meet. We share some non-icky marketing strategies so you can stay in business.    Finally, we take an amazing left turn to bust stigmas, particularly around mental illness. Tamara is co-host of Roc Voices on Rochester Free Radio.    Bio –     Tamara helps businesses drive sales & become known in their industry using social media and content marketing strategies.    Tamara can help you create your online presence from website user experience to your social profiles & content.    Tamara takes a conversational approach to social media and content strategy and that has helped businesses start strong and grow.  Tamara is a Certified SCORE Mentor and Founder, NOW Digital Marketing.    Links:    Now Digital Marketing     Rochester Free Radio: Roc Voices show on Sundays at 4pm eastern     Start With Why by Simon Sinek    Codependent No More by Melody Beattie    Smart but Stuck by Thomas Brown, PhD    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:    Productivity by Design  Facebook Page and LinkedIn  To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD    *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. 
A special note from your host, Catherine This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity.   If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive.   Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first.   This week’s guest is BodyMind Coach and dear friend, Lori Hoffer. Lori has been a massage therapist for over 20 years and helps people understand who they are in their body. Lori and I discuss how you can heal by getting in touch with your body. This time is one of a worldwide trauma and self-care is such a high priority now. We delve deep into the connection between our bodies and our minds and how our bodies can hold trauma. Releasing it is crucial. Join us for some massage for your mind and your soul!   To learn more about Lori Hoffer -   BodyMind Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist, Lori has been helping people awaken to and understand the language of their body for over 20 years.    She uses intentional conversation and embodiment techniques to help you wake up the body/brain connection so you can ditch physical pain and stress patterns, give your overthinking brain a rest, tap into your heart, and embrace what it’s been aching to tell you while your head was dominating the conversation.   She’s passionate about human connection and consent, has a wicked sense of humor, loves straight talk, and curses. A lot.   Cloud 10 Massage Links: Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A Levine   To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:   Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn   To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
Catherine’s guest is Laura Prisc, a coach with a specialty in all things Human Resources. Laura and Catherine start with what it takes to upgrade our skills, especially at a time when the world is upside down. Instead of simply waiting for your company to offer you a course, we can take personal responsibility to learn the skills we enjoy that can take us to the next level. We don’t want to be tomorrow’s typing pool. They discuss StrengthsFinder, a research-based tool, that lets you know what you’re inherently great at and the areas where you don’t excel. Laura explains that you would never move your pitcher to second base because they need to get better at that position. Our success comes when we build on our strengths, instead of focusing on our weaknesses. Tune in for an amazing take on this unusual time and learn how we can become better people both in business and life. To learn more about Laura Prisc -   Laura Prisc has a burning desire to awaken you so you may live a more creative, fulfilling, and satisfying life! For more than a decade, she has been recognized for her expertise in forming deep connections, creating a comfortable environment for growth, inspiring new ways of thinking, and synthesizing broad-ranging information in the areas of leadership development, personal growth, organizational culture, communication, team building, creative thinking, and employee engagement. LauraPrisc.com ConsciousLeadershipPartners.com   Links: StrengthsFinder 2.0   To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery: Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD *Productivity by Design (Avery Design LLC) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
A special note from your host, Catherine: This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive. Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first.   Today, Catherine’s special guest is Ingrid Prueher, the founder of Ingrid Baby Sleep Whisperer™ and the creator of the Good Night Buddy child’s sleep clock. Ingrid and Catherine outline the ways in which you can ensure a good night’s sleep for you, your children and even your babies. The number one strategy is to remain calm. If you’re anxious and stressed, your family will pick up on it, even your pet, and then be afraid and clingy or act out. They talk about the importance of keeping schedules and a semblance of routine at a time when everything feels off, especially at bedtime. Finally, Ingrid explains the intersection of sleep, nutrition and exercise and how they affect not only your productivity but your well-being.   To learn more about Ingrid Prueher - Ingrid Prueher, the founder of Ingrid Baby Sleep Whisperer™, is a bilingual Pediatric and Adult Sleep and Nutrition Consultant. She is also the creator of the Good Night Buddy child’s sleep clock. Ingrid Baby Sleep Whisperer - https://www.ingridbabysleepwhisperer.com/ Email: sleephelp@babysleepwhisperer.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ingridbabysleepwhisperer/  Links: Good Night Buddy by Sleep Whisperer Ingrid Prueher – All-in-one Sleep Training Solution Blue Light Blocking Glasses, 2 Pack Far Infrared Mini Heating Mat Pad with Amethyst and Tourmaline Crystal Radiant Heat Therapy Lighted Tip Pen, Glowseen 2-Pack Technical Pens Yoga Nidra by Sounds True To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:   Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
A special note from your host, Catherine: This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive. Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first. This week’s guest is Jen Liddy, who is founder of The Idea Space and a content creation coach. She lives in a house that’s 115 years old and describes how they re-thought their home including using their underutilized dining room as a home office space that works for her and her family. Jen guides us on how to share content and continue to market our business in a time where pushy sales feels even more icky than usual. She suggests sharing content that helps and encourages people. People want to stay in touch. Jen offers lots of ideas for focusing on BEing not just DOing. Hear why you don’t have to Pinterest the apocalypse. It’s ok to be ok. To learn more about Jen Liddy – Jen Liddy is a teacher-turned-entrepreneur, who never believed she could run a business, much less be successful at it! She’s made all the mistakes & was burned out by her first business.  That’s why now - as a business development coach - she’s committed to helping women learn how to grow their businesses in a realistic, do-able way! Her specialty is pulling ideas out of her clients’ heads - to turn the chaos into calm and give them a clear roadmap to get growing! https://www.jenliddy.com/ To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery: Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD
A special note from your host, Catherine: This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive. Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first. Catherine’s guest, Veronica Cole, is a Holistic Psychotherapist who anxiety, depression, grief and loss. With the world suffering a traumatic event, COVID-19, they focus on the coping strategies you can use today to manage the emotional rollercoaster. From setting up a stress-free zone and creating a routine to healthy eating and exercise, Veronica offers slews of resources to help you stay healthy and keep your center. Tune in to this lively discussion to learn how to have more calm and less chaos in chaotic times. Hint – short meditation and gratitude practices are a great start.   Bio – Veronica Cole is a Holistic Psychotherapist and Eating Psychology Coach. She specializes in anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Veronica has an extensive background in working internationally with the military addressing issues of combat related trauma, PTSD, deployment and reintegration issues. She provided support during 9/11 and numerous other crises and remains connected to the cause of alleviating trauma. Veronica has been in practice for over 30 years, she resides in the Saratoga Springs, New York area with her husband, daughter and delightful Maltese. You can find Veronica on LinkedIn Links: Calm App – meditations from your smartphone Calm Radio Chicken Soup for the Soul by Amy Newmark and Deborah Norville Field Goods: A home delivery service for fresh fruit and vegetables Freedom from Anxious Thoughts by Scott Symington Global Center for WellBeing ??? Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel Mayo Clinic Resilient Mind: Stress Management and Mindfulness Well-Being Program The Resilient Mind by Christmas Hutchinson SMART with Dr Sood: The Four-Module Stress Management and Resilience Training Program Dr Amit Sood Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption   by Laura Hillenbrand To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery: Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
A special note from your host, Catherine: This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive. Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first.   It’s week 2 of working from home in the time of social distancing. How’s everyone holding up? Catherine and Patty Lennon keep it real around what it’s like to work from home with the entire family home and how lucky they are to have enough space to close the door. They offer strategies for managing this time even if you have less space. With empathy, humor and a dash of magic, they discuss how to receive everything – the good, the bad and the ugly – and why that’s more important now than ever. Patty reassures us that now is the time to go inward, so we can better serve the people we love.    About Patty Lennon: Patty Lennon is a keynote speaker and best selling author that helps women create space for magic in their lives and businesses.   She founded The Receiving School to help others open to their own receiving energy using a blend of common sense, brain science and a dash of magic. The Receiving School Free Receiving Guide PattyLennon.com   To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:   Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
A special note from your host, Catherine: This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive. Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first.   As pandemic concerns sweep Europe and the United States, join Catherine as she explains why social distancing is so important and how to set up life at home. She walks you through exactly how to set up your new home office and offers advice on how to maintain balance in what feels like insanity. A smattering of time management, a setup desk area and a lot of philosophy will help you send fear walking.   Links:   Much Loved Books that Help me get through tough times - Almost Everything by Anne Lamott Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh   Tomato Timer Forest App Clarity Meditation on YouTube from Rising High Meditation   To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:   Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you. Susan David said "Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is fear walking."   Right now, the world is feeling a lot of fear. It’s that deep-down feeling of uncertainty. It’s the fear of the unknown.   Could I get sick? Could my family get sick? How is my life going to have to change with social distancing? Will I feel lonely?   Let’s start with the uncertainty piece. When there’s uncertainty, we feel like we lack control. This thing is bigger than we are. It’s unmanageable. It’s out of control.   People need to feel in control of something, ANYTHING, so they shop. They shop like it's Armageddon and there will never be food, cleaning supplies, toilet paper again.   But it's not likely we'll run out of ALL the things. We're just afraid.   So if you're feeling afraid, take 3 slow, deep breaths.   I’m going to do this with you right now. Inhale…2…3… Hold…2…3… Exhale..2..3...   Remember you've been through hard things before and you got through them. You're still here, right? Which means you got through it.   Write down 5 things you are grateful for. Put your bare feet on the ground or your hand on a tree or both. Feel the strength in that. Draw it in. It's going to be ok. You're ok. We're ok.   Now let’s talk about the fear of the unknown. This is a much heavier topic.   In the United States and in this time of global technology, we DO have some sense of this unknown. But I’ve got to tell you this all feels completely surreal. I wake up in the morning and think this surely can’t be happening.   Because we are such a connected world, we can see what’s happening in other parts of the world – China, Italy, Spain, France – and we know the things they have done that have worked and things that have not. No judgement!   At the time of recording this, our schools are closed, our gyms are about to close, at least one local town is on lockdown and our grocery stores have been wiped clean, restocked, and wiped clean again. By wiped clean I mean the shelves have been emptied.   We’re in the time of social distancing.   Why?   A fellow parent gave this great example of why our kids shouldn’t be having playdates and it applies to everyone at any age:   4 “healthy” teenagers are hanging out together. One is unknowingly sick (and won’t have symptoms for days.) Those kids go home and spread the virus to their families.   -One Mom stops to bring supplies to parents. Now they’re exposed. - Sister of another boy has asthma.   The Boys hang out tomorrow with 4 different kids. Now they’re exposed. -One parent has diabetes. -Another has a heart condition.  -Another has a grandparent living with them.   And it keeps going each day....   One hangout could potentially lead to hundreds being exposed to the virus and numerous deaths or hospitalization of severely ill.  As in life support.   Now imagine hundreds of severely sick patients at the hospital and not enough ventilators.    The doctor has to choose between saving your 75 yr old mother with diabetes and a 16 yr old with asthma.   Can you handle being personally responsible for spreading the virus to hundreds who might die when you find out YOU have it next week?   It’s not about who you’re in contact with today it’s about who they were in contact with yesterday or the day before, etc.   You’re not hanging out with one person you’re hanging out with everyone they have had contact with and everyone those people had contact with.   Just stay home. Save a life. It could be your family member.   Thanks to Becky Pastore for this amazing down to earth example.   So now we’re all staying home and we’re all going to be a little stir crazy. Though lucky for us we seem to have an early spring in Connecticut so can get out for a walk in the neighborhood.   How are you going to juggle work, the kids, your spouse, and heaven knows what else?   I feel for people with young children. It’s not going to be like a snow day or two where you curl up, do a puzzle, and make hot cocoa knowing that tomorrow when the storm is over, the kids will all grab their sleds and build igloos and have more hot cocoa together.   This is you and your family. And that’s it.   I’m very fortunate to already work from home in a home office.  So I’ve got this stuff down. And my husband already has his desk in the lower level. On a snow day, he can hunker down here with his projects.  His office has created a work from home protocol for this situation.   Not all of us are so lucky. I’m going to give a shout out here to all of our emergency personnel and others on the front line, the grocery workers, the truckers, the police, the fire department, the EMTs, the doctors and nurses and anyone who works in healthcare.   Last week, I spoke in general terms about the ways we prepared for this moment. But we didn’t prepare much for three of us “working” from home. My husband has an area for his work downstairs and my daughter’s is only separated by a bookshelf.   With Google Classroom, that would have been no big deal.  But our daughter’s classes will be running twice a week for a full school day on Google Meet.   Over the weekend we had to figure where and how we carve out a quiet space for her. In usual circumstances, I don’t recommend computers in the bedroom, but these are different times. She has chosen to set up her computer in her room.   Here’s the deal. Her comfort and ability to have some control in a time that feels out of control wins. Don’t get me wrong, she’s doing great. But this could go on for well over a month. That setup needs to be what works best for her.   No matter what your situation, it can work. We’re looking for progress, not perfection.   You’ve got your location and hopefully the best office chair you can afford.  Again this doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s not the time to go out shopping for the perfect chair.   In the interest of time and budget, a basic office chair from a big box office store is going to be just fine.   At our beach home, I pull up an inexpensive office chair to our dining table. I’m only there for a week at a time. I’d love to be there a month at a time, but life goals...   Now you’ll want to set up your work area.   Imagine you have 3 concentric circles around you. You’re at the epicenter. Within your innermost circle should be everything you need access to several times a day. This could include your computer, any documents or project you’re currently working on, a pen and pencil cup, mousepad, inbox ad outbox.   This is your workspace or white space. You want to keep this area as uncluttered as possible. A messy desk is a sign of a creative mind is a bit of a myth.    You’ll want to be sure to clear up this area before you leave work each day. Why?   1.    You’ll feel better (less overwhelmed) when you walk in your office the next morning. 2.    You’ll leave it looking professional when someone walks by. This is a little less important but don’t you want to feel like a professional? And my luck is that I have a video conference call first thing. Why scramble? 3.    With privacy laws, it’s better to put anything even slightly confidential away.   In your second circle just beyond your immediate white space/work area, have daily or weekly filing, a few of your office supplies, books or manuals you need daily, to be filed box. You’ll want to be able to easily roll your chair to these items.   In your outer circle, you’ll keep everything you don’t need on a daily basis. Those are the books you only refer to once in a while, extra office supplies, maybe longer term filing.   Easy button right!?!   You’ve got your home office set up but you’re still feeling stressed?   First, if it’s not critical for your job (meaning you’re not trading the stock market), turn off the news and social media. There’s a tremendous amount of fear being generated. Not intentionally. Partly news sells. And partly it’s real.   But why distract yourself during your workday?   Better to take a deep breath, do a short meditation (5-10 minutes) or take a walk around your neighborhood to clear your head.   If you’re new to this, you’ll quickly discover there are plenty of other distractions at home - another phone, the kids, dirty dishes in the sink, the laundry.   Shut it all out. Close the door if you can. Choose the most important thing you need to work on and set the timer for 25 minutes. Now focus only on that.   Take a 5 minute break when you’re done then do another 25 minute round.   This is the Pomodoro Method and it has allowed me to get so much accomplished! You can use tomato-timer.com or the app Forest to keep track of your time.   So a smattering of time management, a set up desk area and a lot of philosophy.   Now tell fear to take a walk and get cranking on that to list!   You’ve got this. And if you don’t, I’ve got you. Just go to my website at productivitybydesign.com to schedule a call.   I would love to help you through this time with a productive office environment that works for your success in both work and life. It’s what I do.
A special note from your host, Catherine: This series is all about how our well-being affects our productivity. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to be truly productive. Considering the world is working from home, it’s more important than ever to put the oxygen mask on first.   What does a turkey have to do with a pandemic? Not what you think.   Tune in as your host, Catherine, talks through preparing for the pandemic without panicking. She details exactly what she’s done for her family, her travel plans, and getting ready to quarantine if necessary.   This episode is chockful of strategies, down to earth advice, and a very funny story about a rogue turkey.   To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:   Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
 Since Tuesday is Organize Your Home Office Day, the episodes in March will be about setting up your home office for massive success.   Catherine explains the best locations for your home office and why. She takes a left turn into the evils of electronics. And returns for a on choosing the perfect ergonomic office chair for you.     Whether you’re still balancing a laptop on your lap on the sofa or already have a home office space, you won’t want to miss this series.
Discussing cyber risk and your technology, today’s guest is Ann Marie Van den Hurk of Mind the Gap Cyber.   Ann Marie describes cyber risk, cyber crime and cyber insurance. She gives her 3 favorite easy strategies to help prevent a cyber breach. And she details the consequences of a cyber breach. They’re terrifying enough to a small business that you’ll be implementing these strategies today!   Tune in to learn these simple strategies to reduce the chance of your business and personal information being attacked!   To learn more about Ann Marie Van Den Hurk:   My mission is to make it harder for cybercriminals to attack your business. In founding Mind The Gap Cyber, I combine all of my professional and educational experiences into fighting cybercrime by working with companies to understand their cyber risk then implement a cybersecurity program.   Mind the Gap Cyber   To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:   Productivity by Design Facebook Page and LinkedIn To connect with Catherine: http://bit.ly/SchedCallPBD   *We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate adverting program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites at no cost to you.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Catherine Avery
Podcast Status
Active
Started
May 17th, 2019
Latest Episode
Nov 12th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
65
Avg. Episode Length
27 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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