Change Your Day, Not Your LifeA Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity and the Art Of Working Well
Increase your employees'—and your own—productivity at work If you look out over today's workforce, you'll find millions of hard-working people who are overly tired, overly stressed, and less than enchanted with work. For organizations around the globe, this represents an incredible opportunity to improve productivity, talent retention, innovation, and overall profitability. The great paradox here is that when you take hard-working, responsible adults with a desire to succeed and a sense of responsibility and drop them into our demanding work culture, they tend to default to a way of life that sabotages their ability and best efforts to reach their goals. That's where author Andy Core comes in. Change Your Day, Not Your Life offers a proven strategy to help you become energized at work. This book is designed as a resource for work-life balance, a tool to help you increase productivity during the final two hours of work by up to 47 percent, content to fuel employee communication, and a curriculum that departments can use in weekly or monthly meetings to keep everyone working at their best. Author Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation; his talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives Turn wasted hours into tasks accomplished by following the methods found in Change Your Day, Not Your Life.
Preface ix 1 A Secret behind the Magic 1 2 Behavioral Momentum 9 3 Hope Like a Thriver 21 4 Stay in the Day 31 5 The Big Picture of Balance 43 6 Jettison the Junk Hours 53 7 Greater Self-Awareness 63 8 The Pursuit of Patterns 77 9 Breaking Down the Change Process 93 10 Checklists and Big-Box Management 105 11 Triggers and Patterns 119 12 Emerge from the Fog of Fatigue 133 13 Maximizing Your Mini-Patterns 149 14 Tips for Times When Demands Are Exceptionally Great 161 15 Staying in the Flow of the Process 175 16 Motives and Meaning 185 17 The Power of Attitude 199 18 From a Change Underdog to a Challenge Winner 209 About the Author 217 Change Your Day Resources 219 Index 221
ANDY CORE is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives. Core has spent the past 15 years researching ways to become healthy, energized, and better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society. By doing so, he helps organizations build teams that cost less, have better attitudes, and accomplish more.
Stop for a moment and consider your average workday. Do you rush to get things done but still fall behind? Is the pressure of your work such that you “crash” when you get home? Do you want to exercise, but never have the time or the motivation to do so? Do you find yourself increasingly unhappy with your daily life and the struggle for more time? The very nature of modern life is hectic to an extent that could not have been imagined just a generation ago, leading to ever-present concerns over work-life balance. But despite the fast pace of everyday life and work, many people actually default to a lifestyle that never actually results in increased productivity. This can lead to failures in achieving goals, and the toll it can take on your mental state, your physical state, and your happiness is more troubling still. Change Your Day, Not Your Life provides not only an overview of this reality, but the real-world mind-set and tools to make a change for the better. Author Andy Core helps hard-working, ambitious individuals increase their productivity and develop a positive work-life balance by sharing his secrets to achieving a healthy lifestyle, gaining more energy, and thriving at work through simple, realistic, and repeatable actions that you can incorporate into your everyday life. The book is a perfect resource for both the individual and those charged with building and developing motivated, energetic employees and teams to further goals at the organizational level. Core will show you the four key characteristics that differentiates “Thrivers” from their less productive cohorts, how to identify where you stand with regards to these four characteristics, and how to change your day with “mini-patterns” that will become part of your way of life. Implement these important characteristics to better approach your work from a mental standpoint, keep your energy level up throughout the workday, understand why you’re working so hard in the first place, and design the flow of your day to accommodate both balance and productivity. With Change Your Day, Not Your Life, increased motivation and productivity are just a day away.
The hectic pace of modern life, and especially the typical workday, is one that can overwhelm even the most ambitious, hardworking professionals. Increased productivity is an elusive goal for individuals and organizations alike, but Change Your Day, Not Your Life offers simple, real-world methods for increasing energy and productivity at the individual level and, by extension, at the organizational level. This provides an opportunity for organizations to enhance not just productivity, but also to improve in the areas of talent retention, innovation, and overall profitability. The guide can be used as: A resource to be provided to employees for achieving work-life balance A tool to help individuals increase productivity during the final two hours of each workday by as much as 47 percent Content to fuel employee communication vehicles and initiatives A curriculum that departments can use in meetings to keep everyone working at peak productivity Praise for Change Your Day, Not Your Life “This book is an indispensable guide to succeeding in a high-speed world.” — Vince Poscente, New York Times Best Selling Author of The Age of Speed and Hall of Fame Speaker “Leaders at any level need to sustain positive energy to get the job done. This book will give you a practical process for getting and staying energized. Read it and benefit from Andy Core’s advice.” — Mark Sanborn, Best Selling Author of The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader
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