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June 21, 2014

June Newsletter – Small Risks

It’s finally summer!  The time of travel, expansion, growth, and experimentation.  Longer days offer more hours in the day for you…and extra time to start trying new things.

Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone can be frightening.  With that in mind, one of the most successful exercises we do at our Reboot Your Life workshops and retreats is called “Five Small Risks.”  It’s a way to challenge yourself in a non-stressful way.  Making change in your life doesn’t necessarily require a whole overhaul of your job and relationships – the beginning stirrings of change just require that you take a few manageable risks that bring in new interest and energy.  What we’ve seen is that other new ideas almost always immediately follow from these small, purposeful actions.

FIVE SMALL RISKS

  • Decide 5 New Foods You Will Try in a Restaurant or Cook at Home 
  • Go to 5 Movies You Might Never Have Considered 
  • Take 5 Different Routes to a Destination and Explore the Areas 
  • Try 5 New Forms of Exercise or Movement 
  • Plan 5 Different Exploratory Weekend Trips 
  • Call 5 New/Old Friends and Plan Something with Them 
  • Make up Your Own 5 Things….. 

Pick one category and do one of the five things each month until you have done them all.  Schedule it into your calendar.

Let us know what small risks you’re going to try this month!  You can post your ideas and plans on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages, or tweet us @RebootBreak.  We would love to track the effects of your new actions this summer – we know they will be meaningful!

February 14, 2014

The Truth about Job Burn-out ~ Psychology Today

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We were struck by this article “Non Voyage” on Psychology Today by Laura Berger and Glen Tibaldeo, authors of Radical Sabbatical.  It makes the strongest case we’ve read about the negative impacts of the American tradition of leaving vacation days unused.  

As the article cites – according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans allow an average of 459 million vacation days to expire each year.  You may think – like “Bob” featured in this article – that resisting taking days off is key to your career success, but in fact, it’s proven that that the sleep deprivation and stress that stems from overwork in fact costs companies billions of dollars in lost productivity every year.

Read the full article here and we hope you learn from Bob’s mistakes and start planning for your Reboot Break!

September 5, 2013

Less Vacation than a Medieval Peasant?

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REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

We were shocked by this article on Reuters about why a medieval peasant had many more days off work a year (around 215) than the modern American worker does today (around 8!)

As we here at Reboot Partners are well aware, taking time off is key to both an individual and a company’s health and well-being.  As the author Lynn Parramore asserts:

Ironically, this cult of endless toil doesn’t really help the bottom line. Study after study shows that overworking reduces productivity. On the other hand, performance increases after a vacation, and workers come back with restored energy and focus. The longer the vacation, the more relaxed and energized people feel upon returning to the office. 

Read the full article here and then ask yourself: is it time for you to take a break?  Join Reboot Partner Rita Foley at the end of this month at the Golden Door Spa – a “Zen-inspired oasis for those looking to refocus their minds and reenergize their bodies.”