How to improve your performance in 60 minutes a day

The best way to help your performance at work, is to stop working....

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When did you last take an hour out of your day just for yourself? Not for your business, or your children or your partner but took a whole hour, just for yourself. This is my challenge and it may be the single greatest thing that I can do to help you today, This may be the thing that changes your life and that of your effectiveness at work. There are 1440 minutes in a day, take 60 minutes for yourself. Not just occasionally, but every day. Split your week up and make sure that across the week you do something that supports your wellbeing. There are 4 wellbeing needs that we all have:

1. Physical Wellbeing (rest, exercise, sleep, nutrition) The food we eat, the exercise we take, getting enough sleep and taking time to rest & recover has a huge impact on our body and it is the foundation of our wellbeing.

2. Emotional Wellbeing (understand what makes you feel happy sad, joyful and proud) This can be improved by making sure that you have people at work that understand and get you. Make time to just have a chat, ask to see around their home on a zoom call, or meet their family and pets and be curious to understand them. spend time on, and invest in, your relationships

3. Mental Wellbeing (cognitive ability, good decision making, concentration, memory) Make sure that you take time to rest. Learn mindfulness, meditation, yoga and practice switching off. This in turn will help you to focus and make effective decisions when you are working.

4. Purpose - Why you do what you are doing. Take time to make sure you know why you are working so hard, that you feel inspired and connected to something and that you are inspiring and doing the right thing.

So how do I make time for 60 mins a day, I hear you cry!! First take something that you love for example I love surfing and for most of this year I have lived on a beach in Cornwall. I just pull my wetsuit on, run down to the beach and get straight into the surf. This makes my partner Feilim laugh, as the rest of the time I am wrapped up in at least one jumper while he is still in shorts. When I'm not at the beach I take the dog for a run or walk to start my day. At the weekend I set my alarm and even after a big night out I go to the gym for 8.15am on a Sat and Sunday (or a run during Covid) as I know I will feel better. My daughter, Jaz is different, she hates exercising, she doesn’t want to do it, she avoids it, but to help her she puts out her gym kit at night so that when she wakes up in the morning, the first thing she sees is her kit. It triggers her brain to move and get some exercise. Mel Robbins teaches the 54321 method. Count down backwards from 5 to 1, engage your brain and just do it….

Once you have a routine and can spend 60 mins a day on something that you love, do the same thing with something else that you know will make you more effective. Choose from the hierarchy of the 4 wellbeing needs, like learning to cook, practicing meditation or just read a book. Soon you will be able to take 60 mins out of the 1440 minutes in the day, just for yourself and your wellbeing and from taking that time, you will soon see that your work life starts to improve.

Let me know in the comment box below, how you improve your wellbeing for 60 mins a day and start living the work life that energises you, and those around you.

Suki Thompson

Founder CEO , Let's Reset

Suki Thompson is well-known in the media and communications industry as a serial entrepreneur; co-founder of the award winning Oystercatchers, marketing consultancy, Haystack and Bunker Gin and now Founder of Let’s Reset, the cultural change transformation company. She is also Executive Director Xeim/Centaur Media and NED Gateley Plc. As a transformational business leader with a passion for promoting business cultures founded on commercial effectiveness, wellbeing and resilience, Suki is regularly named as one of the most powerful people in advertising by industry bible Campaign, was a previous Chair of The Marketing Society, a member of WACL, received an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University for Marketing & Entrepreneurship and in 2018 landed Entrepreneur of the Year by WinTrade. She has advised some of the most powerful brands globally including, McDonald’s, Samsung, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Barclay’s and Landmark and worked with the top agency groups including WPP, Omnicom, Havas, Publicis and Interpublic. Suki was a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support for eight years, following her first of four cancer diagnoses in 2008. Since then she has discovered she holds the BRCA gene. This has led her to think carefully about her own wellbeing and contributed to her enormous resilience which led her to writing the book, Let’s Reset. Suki has two children Jaz, who heads up Let’s Reset Education and Sam, both of whom appear in her book, Let's Reset with Rankin.
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