“Young People Are Lazy” Is A Lie

You’d probably be surprised to know how many times I’ve heard “young people are lazy” in meetings during my short career.  It always dumbfounds me when I hear such a lie.  Not because it’s a lie, but because I am a young person.

I always wonder to myself what the person must be thinking about me.  I often assume they’re not talking about me or they wouldn’t have said such a thing.  Twenty-nine after all still qualifies me as young.

People who say that young people are lazy must be fooled by my look, my position, or they just assume I’m some exception to the rule.  Like I’m supposed to know that I’m somehow not part of the young and lazy group they’re talking about.

I recently read a comment on Facebook about how young, lazy, entitled brats caused the recent “Great Recession.”  I nicely reminded the middle aged man that most of the lenders who were pushing the toxic loans were his age and that if he felt the younger generation had nothing to offer him, he should get off the social network created by that younger generation.

“Young people are lazy” is a big fat lie and here is why.

  1. I am only 29.  I am an executive, partner in several companies, on the board of directors, blogger, and I work very hard at all of them.
  2. I have many friends in their late 20s and early 30s who are also business leaders, innovators, and top ranked executives.
  3. Mark Zuckerberg.  Mark was born exactly 4 months before me.  He still counts a young and he has changed the world.
  4. Tracy Britt Cool. She is only 29 and likely will take over for Warren Buffet at Berkshire Hathaway when he retires.
  5. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were both “Young” when they started their respective companies and changed the world forever.

If we’re going to have any hope of creating a better tomorrow, we’d better start investing in the only resource we have instead of berating them.  “Young people are lazy” is only something a scared person would say.  Young people are eager, ready to change the world, and too naive to think we can’t.

How Massage Can Improve Your Productivity

 

This guest post is provided by the creative team at Pingup. Pingup is an online booking application that allows users to make appointments and book reservations at all types of businesses across the country, from San Francisco spas to Boston salons.

 

Everyone knows that getting a massage feels good, and on top of that can relieve the aches and pains brought on by the stresses of daily life. In this regard, many consider the act of getting a massage to be a way of pampering themselves or as an indulgence, a fun activity when they’re on vacation in a tropical climate. Although this is true, as massages can definitely fulfill some of our hedonistic desires, they are also beneficial in many other ways. One way that you may not have considered – improving your productivity.

How Massage Can Improve Productivity

 

Do you ever feel stressed out at work? Of course you do; not only are there deadlines to meet and demanding bosses to please, but also anxiety-producing details from your personal life that can creep into your work day. All this stress is not only unhealthy; it can also detract from the quality of your work. One way to combat the negative influence of stress is to get a massage. Studies have shown that massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol in your body, thereby helping you to relax and focus on your daily tasks.

 

 

Another factor that can contribute in detracting from your job performance is lack of sleep. If you’ve ever spent the night trying to count sheep, only to walk into work the next day on five hours of sleep feeling like a zombie, then you know what I’m talking about. Massage can actually help you to get enough Zs, as it promotes healthy sleep patterns due to its positive effect on delta waves – the type of brain waves required for deep sleep.

 

 

One of the most debilitating factors on your productivity is illness. When you are struggling through a bout with the flu, you are either at home in bed accomplishing nothing other than regaining your health, or suffering through a miserable unproductive day at your desk. Unsurprisingly, massage can help with this as well. Remember how I told you earlier that getting a massage can help curb your production of the stress hormone cortisol? Well it turns out cortisol is doubly bad for us, as it destroys cells that ward off invading bugs. By going for a massage and decreasing the amount of cortisol in your body, you can ensure that your immune system is up to the challenge of keeping you in good health and on the path to productivity.

 

 

 

While people are certainly unproductive when they are sick, the same can be said about them when they are in a foul mood. In addition to all the things massage does for your body, it also can have a powerful effect on your mind. Studies have shown that massage can improve your overall mood, even if you are only going for a brief 15-minute session each week. This is a fact that is not lost on business owners, as many businesses have begun offering their employees massages during the day in order to improve both morale and performance.

 

 

 

In essence, massage can provide a multitude of benefits to your well-being. In addition to improving your overall health and mood, you can also expect to see an increase in your productivity and performance. If you are considering getting a massage for pleasure, make sure you are also thinking about all the ways it may be able to help you in your quest for productivity.

 

Have you thought of getting a massage to help improve your productivity?

 

 

 

My Best Productivity Apps and How I Use Them

The request I receive the most often is for app recommendations.  Ever since I purchased my first iPhone, I’ve been a bit of an app junkie; always searching for the best productivity apps.  These are apps I use every single day and couldn’t live without now.

Best Productivity Apps

I frequently mention some of the apps I use in my speaking engagements and they always come up in the Q & A session.  Since they’re so popular, I decided to write a post about my best productivity apps and how I use them.

These are my top 10 best productivity apps that I recommend to everyone:

1. Nozbe – I use this app every single day.  “What gets tracked gets done.”  I use this app to track what tasks I need to do.  I also use this app to assign tasks to others including my employees and family.  They, in turn, use the app to assign tasks to me.  This keeps us all on the same page.

2. Focus Time – Competitive is my second highest ranked strength on the Strength Finders list.  This app times your activity, and then tells you to take a short break.  When I need to focus, this app motivates me to keep my butt in the chair until I complete a pomodoro.

3. Evernote – I live in this app.  It is my external brain.  This one app has made me (almost) paperless.  I can’t recommend it enough.  I’d also recommend reading Evernote Essentials to learn how to maximize your experience with this app.

4. Dropbox – This is my cloud of choice.  I store all my documents, as well as, backup my computers, phone, and iPad to Dropbox.  My favorite feature is the ability to share items with others by simply sending them a link.

5. Up – I use this app to track my physical activity, food intake, and sleep patterns.  These analytics help me hack my body and energy levels.

6. Scrivener – This is where I write everything that I write.  It syncs to Dropbox in one click, so it makes it easy to collaborate with my team.

7. Google Cards – I use Gmail and many other Google services every day.  Having the Google app on my phone allows me access to my Google Cards.  Google takes information from Gmail, Google Voice, Maps, Calendar, etc.  It then presents information that is important to me such as meetings, reservations, packages in transit, stock prices, traffic, and even restaurant recommendations!

8. My Ideal Week – If you don’t allocate your time, someone else will.  My Ideal Week isn’t really an app, but I use it like one.  I’ve loaded it onto my desktop and iPhone.  In one click I can see what I should be doing.  I’ve set these boundaries ahead of time so I know they’re based on my core values and designed to give me more time for what is important, and restrict time I can spend on things that aren’t.

9. Holy Bible App – Helps me find true north whenever I need it.  I use this app every morning for my Bible reading.  This app keeps me productive because it reminds me that I answer to a higher power.  When I’m feeling lazy, I remember whom I’m working for.

10. Photos – There is nothing more motivating than the ones you love.  When I can’t muster up the energy to shut off the world and just work, I look at my photos.  Seeing my family’s smiling faces is all I need to find the motivation to work harder.

I’m a self-confessed productivity junkie.  I’m always looking for ways to work smarter and more efficiently.   These apps help me to do just that every day.

I’d love to hear of some other apps that you use.  Please leave a comment in the section below.

Motivation For Working Out

Recently, I wrote a post about how to accomplish your fitness goals this year.  Fitness seems to always be the top New Year’s resolution.  The truth however, is that 92% of all people fail to accomplish this goal.  The secret sauce that they’re missing is the motivation for working out.

Motivation For Working Out

For whatever reason, human beings are predisposition to be as lazy as we can possibly be.  The same is true of our bodies.  We prefer to be lazy, as a result, our bodies eat away at our unused muscles and store up fat as fast as it can.  To beat this vicious cycle we need to fill our minds with motivation for working out.  Otherwise, we will do everything we can to avoid it.

I’ve heard it said that “all you need to do is lace up your shoes”.  Taking that first, simple step toward working out sets off a domino effect that ends with the elation and satisfaction that can only be felt after a good, hard workout.

Over the years I’ve had to find motivation for working out to get my butt out of the chair and into the gym.  Trial and error has led me to a bulletproof list of ways to receive daily motivation for working out.  This list will help you accomplish your fitness goals this year.

Here are my go to sources for workout motivation:

Tumblr – Follow Fitness Tumblrs like xtremotivation, feeldriven, physiquesofgreatness, gymeandmotivation and fitness-bodybuilding post motivating images and quotes.  When you know you need to workout but you don’t feel motivated, scroll through your tumblr to be filled with instant motivation for working out.

YouTube – I love to watch videos of Ronnie Coleman (Yeah Buddy! Light Weight!) just before I hit the gym.  With eight straight Mr. Olympia wins, Ronnie Coleman’s strength and physic are very motivating.  Women may find motivation from Zuzka Light or Jaime Eason on YouTube.

Jawbone inactivity monitor – My Jawbone Up is set to notify me when I’ve been idle for 45 minutes.  It also shows me how active I’ve been during the day.  It offers great motivation for working out because I can see my fitness (or laziness) in real time.

MyFitnessPal App  – I track all my calories in this app.  Doing so is great motivation for working out because I can see how many calories I’ve consumed.  It is always my goal to come in just under 1800 calories (when cutting) or 2600 calories (when bulking).  Working out means I’ll be able to eat more and still hit my daily calorie goal.

GymPact – This app allows you to earn real cash for hitting your fitness goals.  My wife and I did something like this one year before a trip to Las Vegas.  We had to earn our gambling money.  Having an actual reward waiting for you after your work out is great motivation.

Lacing up your shoes sounds so much easier than it is.  With these apps on your phone or computer, you’re always one click away from a powerful shot of motivation to work out.  Without these apps I don’t know that I’d be in the shape I’m in.

What do you use to get your motivation for working out?

 

Set Yourself Up To Accomplish Your Fitness Goals This Year

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a 92% chance that you WILL NOT accomplish your fitness goals this year.  Only 8% of the people who set New Year’s Resolutions this year will actually accomplish their goal.  This is how they do it.

accomplishing your fitness goals

The most frequent New Year’s Resolution is always “lose weight”. Sadly, if this were easy, we’d all be in excellent health.  The truth is, to accomplish your fitness goals this year will be tough.  But fortunately, it is getting much easier.

I personally am always chasing some sort of fitness goal.  For the last 10 years, I’ve lost weight, gained muscle, improved my diet, ran more, and ran faster.   I have only been able to accomplish my fitness goals by following a specific regimen that works. Over the next few posts, I’ll share everything I’ve learned in a decade to guarantee you’ll accomplish your fitness goals this year.

What follows is an overview of what’s to come.  Follow this regimen and you’ll accomplish your fitness goals this year for sure.

SMART Goals – Learn to set goals that get results.  Here is a link to my post on SMART Goals.

Set small goals – Lose 50lbs is a big goal.  Lose 4lbs a month, not so bad. Same result.

Change frequently – If you’re like me, you’ll get tired of the doing the same thing over and over and soon lose interest.  To keep it fresh, I change my goal every month.  My goal in January is to clean up my eating.  February is about getting in the gym a certain number of times, March is all about running and so on.  These are all different objectives that keep you moving forward to accomplish your fitness goals this year.

Track your progress in real time – It’s hard to see the fat coming off on a day-to-day basis because you’re comparing yourself today to yourself yesterday.  The change is too small to notice.  Instead track your progress daily so that 30 days from your first day, you can look back at your starting point and actually see results.  Results are insanely motivating.

My Fitness Pal  – I use this app to track all my calories.  To accomplish your fitness goals this year, you’ll need to figure out how many calories you want to eat.  Use this app to guarantee you eat only that amount.

Runkeeper – This is the app where I keep track of my running.  It is motivating to see my progress from the first run of the year to the last.  Once you become consistent with your running, you won’t want to break the chain.

Jawbone Up – I use this to track myself overall.  I’m wearing it right now as I type.  It tracks how many calories I burned during the day, so I can compare it with how many I’ve eaten in MyFitnessPal.  The two sync up together so I can see how many extra calories I’ve burned in real time.  It also syncs with Runkeeper to track my calories burned on my runs.

Small Meals – To accomplish your fitness goals this year you’ll want to learn to eat smaller meals.  I eat five meals a day.  Each one is smaller than your average meal.  If you’re trying to lose weight, this will help you remain satiated.  If you’re trying to gain muscle, this will keep your body full of available nutrients.

To accomplish your fitness goals this year subscribe to my email updates.  I’ll send you one update a week about what you should be focusing on that week.

This year is the year of you.  Go out and get what you’re worth.