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Do I Ever Get Overworked and Overwhelmed?

One of the interesting things that happens when you launch a book is you do a lot of interviews about the book. I’ve been doing a lot of those lately as the official publication date of Monday, October 13 approaches for my new book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative.

In an interview for a radio show last week, the host asked me, “Do you ever get overworked and overwhelmed?” My answer was immediate and clear -- “Yes, absolutely!”

If you live in today’s do-more-with-less, hyperconnected world, you can’t avoid feeling overworked and overwhelmed at least some of the time. I live in the same world that you do and it happens to me too. That’s been especially true this past month or so as I’ve been carrying my normal load of work with clients and getting ready to launch the book. It’s like two full-time jobs.

So, yeah, I get overworked and overwhelmed too. The difference for me over the past few years is I recognize earlier when I feel that way and know what to do about it when I recognize the feeling.

Because that’s all overworked and overwhelmed is -- it’s ...

Coming Clean

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re undoubtedly aware that I have a new book coming out,Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. I hope you’ll read it and get a lot of value from it. But before you do, there’s something that I want to share with you, as a regular reader of this blog, that has, for the past five years, been a private issue between me, my family and a few friends. That private issue is now public. Because you’re a regular reader here, I want you to hear about it from me in this setting before you read about it in the new book.

In the summer of 2009, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. That came as a shock because I was pretty healthy up to that point, had run a couple of marathons and thought I was pretty much bulletproof. Within a few weeks of my diagnosis, I could barely walk around the block and had to pull myself up the stairs by the banister to get to bed. I had bad days and somewhat better days the rest of that year and through the end of ...

The Spiritual Routines of the Mindful Road Warrior

As I write this post this morning, I’m sitting in the airport waiting to board a flight that marks the beginning of a two-week tour in support of my new book. The next 12 days are going to be filled with speeches, interviews, conferences, meetings and a couple of parties. It’s going to be a lot of fun and also a bit of a whirlwind.

You can bet I’ll be following my mindful road warrior routines during this trip. All of the physical, mental and relational routines I’ve written about these past few Mindful Mondays will definitely be in play. I’ll also be following some spiritual routines this week. That’s what I want to focus on in this closing installment of my series on the routines of the mindful road warrior.

Spiritual routines can look like a lot of different things depending on your beliefs and traditions. One thing I think just about all of them do is connect or reconnect you with your sense of purpose. For me, spiritual routines help me connect with and reflect on answers to what’s one of the biggest picture questions of all, “Why am I here ...

Difficult Conversation Ahead? Get Into the Discomfort Zone

For this episode of The Next Level Podcast, I’m joined by coaching leader and former International Coach Federation President Marcia Reynolds, discussing her new book, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs. During our discussion, Marcia shares her perspective on how leaders can transform difficult conversations with team members into opportunities for a new perspective and deeper trust.

Among other insights, Marcia shares the importance of fostering mutual respect. When good intentions are present, real breakthroughs can occur.

There’s more in our conversation. Listen here:

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How Mindful Road Warriors Stay Connected

So, you might be thinking: “Any 21st century road warrior worth their salt knows how to stay connected. You’ve got your smartphone (maybe two), your tablet, your laptop. How hard is it to stay connected?”

Yeah, with all of the tools we have it’s not that hard. But that’s not what I’m talking about. The topic of today’s installment in my mini-series on the Mindful Road Warrior is how to stay connected with people (the three-dimensional kind, not the faceless pixels on a screen kind) when you’re away from home base frequently.

My interest in this stems from personal experience and from my belief that relational routines -- along with the physical, mental and spiritual routines that I discuss in Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative -- are vitally important in both showing up at your best and getting the outcomes you hope for at home, work and in your community.

Keeping your relational routines strong can be a challenge when you’re traveling for business. The process of getting there and back, the hotels, the long hours, the time zones and such are all challenges to staying connected with the people you care most ...