Books and other great products that I highly recommend
Scroll down for a selection of Productivity Boosting Products I believe in, and books which have taught me much!
FLOWZONE– THE BUSY PERSON'S GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE
Flowzone is not about getting more done. It's about getting more of the right things done and feeling good doing so. It's about developing what you need to show up with more energy, conviction, and verve for whatever and whoever is important to you.
Both in my professional practice and personal life, I have witnessed many accomplished people work so hard they head, sometimes at a frenetic pace, unwaveringly towards burnout, suffering crumbling relationships and/or broken bodies. I've learned through my own mistakes that chronic neglect has serious consequences.
My goal is to inspire professionals, entrepreneurs, leaders, and team builders, who might also be moms and dads at home, to sculpt life in a way in which they and their families will be proud.
Flowzone explores Productivity CPR™, a model for sustainable productivity. The model includes setting intentions, managing attention and, of course, excellent execution. It demands you to become self-aware and respect your human nature, with no apologies. Warming - it often requires some bravery to claim what you need. You can do it. You're worth it.
I am researching and writing the book right now and aim to publish in 2019.
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THE LIFETIME MANAGEMENT™ PLAYBOOK
I’ve presented the LifeTime Management model and exercises in numerous workshops, and after many requests decided to craft this Playbook for you, so you can work through the exercises on your own.
Why LifeTime Management? A lot of attention is spent on thinking about how to manage time by crafting our days and weeks, yet big picture planning of our lives is often overlooked. In fact, we spend a good chunk of our lives responding.
Why a Playbook? Sorry, it's not based on football, though it will give you useful strategies. I just thought it sounded more fun that a Workbook. It does, doesn’t it? And if you’re investing in yourself, that ought to feel good. It's not always quick and easy, but anything that's worthwhile takes a committment of your time, thought and energy.
This book will prompt you to articulate your valued states, the way you want to be. These valued states will then be used to help you prioritize your actions in key areas of life.
Forget the concept of balance, which may exist for a fleeting second, and aim for the successful integration of work and life.
Work is such a big part of life, and the boundaries are blurrier than ever. It’s now more important than ever to personally define success, and then choose a path to achieve it. This will involve a lot of yes’s, and importantly some clear no’s. By articulating what’s important to you, it will be easier than ever to sculpt a life of immense pride.
Complete the Playbook in a few hours. Repeat Quarterly. Stay in the driver’s seat of your life.
Productivity Boosting Products
I have a sit-stand desk, and even with the ability to stand whenever I feel like it, I prefer to sit the majority of the time. So, having a supportive chair is absolutely critical. I’ve lived with the "active sitting" Core Chair since the spring of 2018 and find it extremely comfortable. In fact, I’m afraid to say it has actually ruined all other chairs for me!
Inspired by sitting on a yoga ball, the Core Chair is unique in its pivoting, aggressively sculpted seat pan which sets your pelvis at the right angle. This, along with the lumbar support positions your spine and neck for ultimate comfort. The seat rigidity can be set so that it moves to your comfort level, promoting hydration of your spine during the day and more blood flow to the brain.
I’ve lived with orthotics for pronation since I figured it was a problem at age 26. The orthotic corrects the pitch of my foot, which affects my ankle, which affects the knee joint and of course, hips.
It’s not particularly fine marketing copy, but I refer to this chair affectionately as an orthotic for your ass. Once you feel its effects, you won’t want to live with out it. I'm sure that's why Core Chair provides 60 days to try the product.
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Watch a video to bring Core Chair to life, and meet inventor and fellow Canadian, Patrick Harrison.
Yes, it looks goofy, but wait, it’s worth it! I was originally interested in this night cap for an overnight flight to Europe but then realized I needed it in my bedroom. I don’t have blackout blinds which is fine for most of the year, but in June and July, I really didn’t enjoy waking at 5:30 am so tried sleeping with Nitehood.
And it works! Comfortable to sleep in. My head didn’t get hot because of the breathable fabric, and even better, my bedhead was better than normal!
If you need to darken your environment, I encourage you to give this a try. I bought the adjustable model so that if I wanted to share it with someone else I could.
I love that it’s designed, knit and sewn in my home town of Toronto, Canada.
Visit www.nitehood.com and to get 15% off, enter code ADVOCATE1389
Other Great Reads
These are a few of the books that have inspired me over the past few years. I always seem to have a few on the go, along with shelves of books I intend to read. Stay curious, keep learning!
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
STEPHEN R. COVEY
I Know How She Does It
The Sleep Revolution
Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Better Than Before
The Power of Full Engagement
JIM LOEHR and TONY SCHWARTZ
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The NOW Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
Essentialism: The Discipline Pursuit of Less
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Getting Things Done
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity