Jun 17, 2020
During this episode of
the Coaching Through
Stories podcast, host
Dr. Eric Bean discusses how to get the most out of your time at
home and the office and why that matters. Dr. Bean challenges the
eight-hour workday and asks questions you can reflect on so you can
become more aware of how you're spending your time as a leader or
as an employee but also how you're spending your time in other
areas of your life, using the “1000 Marbles” story to inspire
reads the “1,000 Marbles” story. This story comes down to presence,
priorities, and perspective. How many marbles do you have left and
how are you going to spend them?
are you using your time? Are you in it, or are you
are your priorities in life? What really matters to you and those
shares the history of the eight-hour workday.
average, people are focused for 2 hours and 53 minutes of their
can we be more productive and present at work so we can complete
our daily duties in a timely fashion and leave work at
- Employees reported positive results on
productivity, team engagement, work-life balance, and more when
their company implemented a flexible 4-day work week.
works with high performers to maximize the time they spend in a
work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively
people surveyed said they were five times more productive in a peak
are you like at your best? What enables you to be at your
and concentration allow you to be at your best.
- Protect periods of high-quality
- Temporally, when are you at your best? What
time of day? Identify that time and figure out how to protect
could establish office hours instead of having an open-door
- Establish a pre-performance routine. Examine
the activity you're about to embark on and determine the ideal
mental, physical, and emotional state.
you're present and focused, you can complete more work during your
workweek, in turn making your time at home more
can hinder your best interests and the best interests of your
way to discover your true priorities is to look at your values and
look at what's really important to you.
NFL is filled with hard working coaches who take pride in
prioritizing football over other aspects of their life. Eric shares
a moving quote from a coach who told his staff to prioritize time
with their children.
- Explore your own definition of
- Sometimes you will have to use your marble for
work, but be conscious about that choice.
Hart talked about how his priorities completely shifted after
experiencing a life-altering accident.
your mindset by examining your true definition of
thoughtful about how you're choosing to spend your
answer to better productivity is less waste and fewer things that
induce distraction and stress.
3 Key Points:
- When you are present, you can
be more productive.
- Learn to protect periods of
- Evaluate your priorities. Spend
your time and energy on what really matters to