COACHd – your weekly coaching update | April 21, 2023

Get COACHd on Friday

Get COACHd on Friday

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Hi The coach zone,

Welcome to this weeks Get COACHd on Friday.

I find that I am sometimes ineffective at managing my own time. I get distracted by that flash on my phone telling me of a new alert, or perhaps doom scroll the latest LinkedIn notifications ‘in-case’ there is something useful there.

So, here is a top 5 of how you can (if you are like me), move out of distraction and into production.

  1. Implement “Time-Blocking” with a Twist: Time-blocking involves scheduling specific blocks of time for different tasks or activities. To make it more unusual and effective, add themed days or colour-code your calendar to group similar tasks together. This approach allows you to focus on one type of task at a time, reducing the mental effort required to switch between different types of work and helping you manage your time more efficiently.
  2. Try the “Pomodoro Technique” with Custom Intervals: The Pomodoro Technique involves breaking your work into short, focused intervals (usually 25 minutes) followed by a 5-minute break. To make this technique more unusual and tailored to your needs, experiment with different work and break intervals. Find the optimal work/break ratio that maximizes your productivity and keeps you energized throughout the day. I have a Stream Deck that I have buttons programmed for various times – most liberating.
  3. Schedule “Buffer Zones”: In addition to scheduling tasks and activities, create small “buffer zones” in your calendar between appointments and tasks. These buffers provide time to handle unexpected events, transitions, or short breaks, and can help you maintain a realistic schedule that doesn’t lead to burnout. By anticipating and planning for interruptions, you’ll manage your time more effectively and reduce stress.
  4. Use “Mindful Minutes” for Enhanced Focus: Set a timer for a few minutes and practice mindfulness before starting a task or project. This brief period of mindfulness helps you clear your mind, focus on the present moment, and mentally prepare for the task ahead. By cultivating a calm and focused state, you’ll be more likely to work efficiently and effectively, ultimately saving time.
  5. Adopt the “Two-for-One Rule” for Leisure Activities: To make your leisure time more productive, combine a fun activity with something that contributes to your personal or professional growth. For example, listen to an educational podcast or audiobook while exercising, or practice a new language while cooking dinner. By integrating learning or skill development into your downtime, you’ll be making the most of your available time and achieving a satisfying balance between work and play.

So there you go – a few useful thoughts for you.

Now to this weeks reads .


International Coaching Federation
Establishing Yourself as a Thought Leader
We all have the ingredients to establish ourselves as thought leaders. As coaches, we develop unique perspectives based on our personal experiences, expertise, and values. These unique perspectives become thought leadership when they leave our minds in service of others. The challenge is that we, too often, are not communicating our own thought…
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
Why ‘Forgive and Forget’ is Not Always the Wisest Path
How fierce, outer, engaged forgiveness can complement the inner forgiveness the mindfulness community so often emphasizes.
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
How Yoga Helped Heal My Anxiety and Quiet My Overactive Mind
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are” ~Carl JungYoga is often celebrated for its physical benefits: greater flexibility, increased strength, improved circulation, and so on. But nothing could have prepared me for the transformational …
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
Is Your Perfectionism Helping Or Hurting You? Three Questions Women Can Ask To Find Out
Yes, working hard is important. But what happens when we get stuck on bathroom duty in our work lives?

Co-Coaching – WALKING COACHING – 22nd MAY PM

Ok – we have all heard about walking coaching, but now is the time to practice this. We will meet in Birmingham and have a walk – grab some coffee and practice some great coaching whilst taking in the Birmingham air.



In today’s fast-paced world, the key to achieving personal and professional goals lies in harnessing the power of productivity. “Maximizing Your Potential: Unlocking Productivity Secrets for Success” is a dynamic, engaging one-hour online webinar designed to inspire and equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to optimize their productivity levels and drive meaningful results.



Your Development

Over the past 4 years, we have been running a cohort approach to supervision and development. For those that have attended, they have loved it, and have grown as coaches. Meeting regularly over a year, you explore and grow your coaching. Two opportunity exist.

1. For coaches just starting out – a new cohort will be forming

2. I am looking for 2 experienced coaches to join an already formed group starting in May 2023.


Interested? Then click above and let me know – we can then chat!



Carefully Curated Content from Simon
To Become A Wiser Person, Focus On Curiosity
Moving away from assumptions allows people to develop a more curious approach to life.
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
5 Steps To Take When You’re Starting To Hate Work
If your job has lost its spark, here are some steps to help you figure out your next move.
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
Here’s Why You Should Go for Your ICF MCC Credential
The International Coaching Federation’s (ICF) new Level 3 education path is for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC), who is ready to go for the coveted Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential. I’ve heard from many of you that there is a desire to pursue this higher credential; however, several of you still have questions, such as, …read more.
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
18 Concrete Ways For Entrepreneurs To Improve Their Branding Strategy
Effective branding is everything in business; without it, potential customers in search of the solution you offer won’t be able to find you.
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
Four Common Pitfalls Of Senior Leadership Teams And How To Solve Them
The more effective the team at the top, the more likely the organization will succeed. Unfortunately, senior teams are often plagued by some predictable—and fixable—problems.
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
Three Ways A Board Can Help Identify And Mitigate Executive Hubris
It is crucial for boards to identify and mitigate executive hubris to help protect the company’s reputation and ensure its long-term success.
Carefully Curated Content from Simon
CEOs, Are You Ready To Become Regenerative Leaders?
Regenerative leadership offers a path forward for organizations seeking to create a sustainable future.
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