Category Archives: Work Habits

Meditation for Work Stress

Today John gives his thoughts on how meditation and mindfulness has helped decrease his stress at work. He reviews :
Types of meditation
Quick Breathing Exercise

Actionable Takeaway:
The 4-week meditation challenge:

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The Daily Review

Today we reconnect with Tracy Milam to add a daily review to his detailed goal setting process

Actionable Takeaways:
Continue to refine your 15 minutes planning block, Renegotiate your [internal or external] deadlines, and define your process that need improvement

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Support your Goals with Habits

In this solo episode John talks about assessing your goal and identifying practice that support. Then to focus on building consistency till it a habit. There is no rocket science here, just some planning to think about what habits will make you successful and how you can set yourself up for success.


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[Re-post] Caterpillar Group President Tom Pellette: Life Lessons Under the Hood of a Car

Group President Tom Pellette joins the Caterpillar Podcast to talk about auto mechanics with his dad, how to win in sales and about Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation business.

Program guide:

1:30 – Tom’s upbringing in New Mexico, and working on cars with his dad

6:10 – Lessons learned in sales and marketing at Solar Turbines: “If you find someone who is talking a lot, they’re probably not going to be a very good salesperson”

9:10 – On leadership, Tom talks about coaching for growth, timely correction and not “managing by embarrassment”

11:07 – Some difficult experiences of some of Tom’s closest friends – including lessons learned from Enron – helped develop his passion for winning the right way

15:12 – Tom talks about career growth and the three-legged stool that Tom views as the driver for success in your career

18:20 – On Caterpillar’s new purpose statement and the work we do: “It’s about moving the world forward and making peoples’ lives better”

22:00 – What makes the Energy and Transportation segment unique, including many brands and alternate distribution methods

24:35 – Global energy demands and growing world population directly impact the Energy & Transportation segment: “The world is going to need an all-in energy strategy”

Video – Tips to cut your viewing time

Quick tip: Can you save some time watching videos

Actionable Takeaways for YouTube:

Keyboard shortcut Function
Spacebar Play/Pause when the seek bar is selected. Activate a button if a button has focus.
Play/Pause Media Key on keyboards Play / Pause.
K Pause/Play in player.
Stop Media Key on keyboards Stop.
Next Track Media Key on keyboards Moves to the next track in a playlist.
Left/Right arrow on the seek bar Seek backward/forward 5 seconds.
J Seek backward 10 seconds in player.
L Seek forward 10 seconds in player.
Home/End on the seek bar Seek to the beginning/last seconds of the video.
Up/Down arrow on the seek bar Increase/Decrease volume 5%.
Numbers 1 to 9 on the seek bar (not on the numeric pad) Seek to the 10% to 90% of the video.

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Detailed Goal Planning with Review

Tracy Milam explains his detailed goal setting process and walks us through one of his goals.

His process has 3 (or 4 if you count review) steps:
1) Reflect
2) Set new Goals
3) Planning (ie Flush out the goal)
4) Review (Control Process)

Actionable Takeaways:
Do you have goals that doesn’t have a plan or a review?
Can you send 15 minutes to plan your day to save yourself an hour 45 of unharness time?

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Time Habits

Goal: Taking Control of Your Day

3 Time Strategies

  1. Time Blocking
  2. Task Batching
  3. Task Gating

Reviewed Pro/Cons of Task Switching (Multi-tasking)

More Reading:

Get What Matters Done by Scheduling Time Blocks (thanks, Fernanda)

From the ADHD angle

Tips for Impromptu Speeches

When giving an impromptu talk: Listen, Pause, Confirm, Tell, and End

Strategies: Express an opinion, Address cause and effect, Break the topic into components, Discuss the past, present and future

Don’t: Apologize, Ramble, and Invent