Welcome to my podcast series, entitled CoolTimeLife. Each episode is short – around 10 minutes (mostly), and each covers a topic dealing with people and productivity or technology. To find out more about me, go to my main website at steveprentice.com. Please let me know what you think of the podcast and any requests you have for future episodes.
Keep Calm and Carry On: The growing pandemic presents us with unprecedented levels of fear and uncertainty. In this episode, Steve looks at why the phase “Keep Calm and Carry On” was used during WW2, describes how your mind will likely react to change, and tips on how to deal with it better.
Five Benefits of the Work From Home Model – Working from home has been around for a while, and current events are making it more necessary. Now is a good time for managers to see just how good it is for their organization’s future. Here are five reasons (and two bonus reasons why working from home and remote work should be encouraged, now and always.
The Importance of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Information no longer comes at us in alphabetical order. It swirls around us on social media, and there’s a lot out there that could really help your business or career. Being able to find it is what I call part of “Digital Literacy.” Join me as I explain just how to find it.
The Calendar Crisis – Unplanned events can really derail your plans for the day. But they don’t have to happen. Your local favorite restaurant has the solution. So do all those hours you may have wasted playing Tetris.
Why is Cyberhygiene So Hard? – Thinking up passwords is a chore. Two factor authentication is complicated. And hacking and data breaches? They’ll never happen to us. That’s for the biggest of the big companies.
Wrong on all counts. Cyberhygiene, the practice of securing passwords, accounts and devices, is straightforward and easy. It’s also vital. Not just at work, but at home, too. We are all connected – like a global game of six degrees of separation, and the bad guys count on you being the weak point that will help them go wherever they want. This 10-minute episode looks at why we feel it is such a chore, and what we should all be doing right now to patch up the security holes that affect us all.
Influence: The Ultimate Productivity Tool – At the end of every problem, task or opportunity, there is a person waiting for something. This means that the best way to manage stress, time and actual productivity is to ensure you focus on the needs and expectations of that person, and not just the work itself. In this podcast, you will learn four essential techniques for learning how to influence people to help ensure a more productive and healthier workday.
Food and Exercise: How to Become an Elite Eating Athlete – Food and exercise. How often have you had to deal with these twin pressures – somehow in the midst of a busy day, we have to find the time and discipline to eat right and get more exercise. According to executive health and longevity expert Tim Bean, there are five key principles of effective nutrition. Get these easy tips down and you will be burning calories like an elite athlete.
Digital Literacy: a Critical Survival Skill – Thought leaders and research companies that study the future of work state that soft skills, such as critical thinking and empathy will be vital. These techniques will contribute to lifelong learning, enhanced collaboration and even cybersecurity by ensuring people think more before doing, and who seek to connect more efficiently with the people they are communicating with. As AI and machine learning take over more of people’s current work responsibilities, it will be “soft” people skills that will become central to each person’s professional destiny.
Telepresence Robots and You – Telepresence robots like the Beam and the Double are far more than novelties. People who use them describe them as “transformational” because they combine the best of remote technologies with the immediacy and human connection of face-to-face conversation. Join me for a few minutes to learn more about this next generation of personal productivity tools, and where you can see them in action.
Your Body: Rocket Science and Weightlifting – Did you know that lifting weights can do more for your body than cardio exercise, and can even help ward off long-term illnesses like Dementia? Managing your body IS rocket science, but it’s also very achievable and the benefits extend in surprising directions. Listen to my interview with fitness and vitality expert Tim Bean of the Institute of Physique Management as he shares some eye opening facts about weightlifting and fitness for busy professionals.
Dynamic Email and Calendar Management – Email is a necessary tool of day-to-day business. But its candid and immediate nature swallows up a lot of time. In this podcast I want to share with you a method for pairing your email and calendar together in a way that will make your day healthier and more productive and will not leave you having to sacrifice your evening to returning all those messages.
The Amazing Me Project – Interview with Paul Gallagher – Project management is often thought of as something done in construction and IT. But in truth it’s a proven and practical way of getting things done, using people, tasks and time. Paul Gallagher is the author of a new book entitled The Amazing Me Project. He describes how using project management techniques like goal setting and collaborating with mentors helped him work through some difficult times and helped him get on track with his work and marathon running goals. He joins me on this podcast to share his experiences and to discuss how his book can help you.
The Slow Movement and You – People are getting locked inside a loop of surface-level urgencies and are losing the ability to connect creatively with mentors, clients, even their managers. Working days are getting longer, and the separation between work and life is eroding. This, I call, “death-in-harness.” Based on my book, Cool Down: Getting Further By Going Slower Cool Down takes a look at the “slow movement” that is catching on in Japan and Europe, and asks whether it could possibly take root here, and indeed whether it even should. He takes the concept of “Slow” apart and rebuilds it, using terms, case studies and common sense segments that demonstrate clearly that to get further ahead faster, people do actually need to cool down.
Your Brain is Like a Bath Sponge -We live in a go-go-go society, where taking breaks or signing off for the day seem like a cop-out. But the brain and body you call home operate on a set of rules far older than any technology you hold in your hands. When you learn to recognize the power of breaks, decompression, and stepping over that line between work and home life, that’s when you can truly capitalize on your metabolic strengths and be the best you can be.
Daylight Savings Time and Net 60 Both Need to Die – Why do we change clocks manually when IoT technology can handle it? Why do we have such problems integrating remote work and flextime? Why do all keyboards still use QWERTY? And why do large companies take 2 months to pay suppliers? These are all antiquated processes that we hang on to in just the same way that our calendar still pays homage to Roman gods. Maybe it’s time for a change.
The Rising Bar of Expectation – Could you imagine waiting 6 months for a return message to arrive? That’s what people had to do a couple of centuries back. Now things happen at light speed, which might seem convenient, but it brings along a new burden: an ever-rising bar of expectation. How do you handle this? Should you work faster or learn to say “no?” Your future depends of building the skills to handle this rising tide. Are you ready for that?
Modern Music and Critical Thinking – Is modern music worse than disco or rock ‘n’ roll? That’s a personal opinion, but whether you like today’s music or not, there seems to be a direct relationship between the way today’s tunes are written, produced and marketed, and the way in which we think and react as human beings connected to our phones. What have we gotten ourselves into here?
Go Back to Freelancing? I’m Not Feeling the Burn – I once read an article in which a commenter used the expression “Go back to freelancing” as an insult. Well, they have a surprise coming. It is the future of work, and it’s one of the most secure career paths you can choose.
Planning for a Successful Vacation – we all dream about them, but are they being put to the best use? Half of the therapeutic value of a vacation comes from planning – not just where you want to go, but planning the days leading up to departure date as well as your return to work after it’s done. If you do these right, your vacation will be doubly beneficial. Join me for a quick twelve-minute podcast on that will deliver essential tips on planning your vacation properly.
Light, Darkness and Winter Months – The lack of light that we experience in winter months can do a lot of damage to health and productivity. Human beings thrive on light. So, what can you do to get through the dark half of the year and feel better? Join Steve for a quick ten-minute podcast on that will deliver four essential tips on how to beat those winter blues.
Workaholism, Presenteeism and Economics 101 – Are you a workaholic? Do you want to be? Workaholism is not the same thing as being driven or dedicated, and it’s certainly not the same as being efficient and productive. It springs from a dark well of anger, and is an addiction, plain and simple. This episode of CoolTimeLife looks at the triple threat to productivity: workaholism, presenteeism, and the law of diminishing returns, and how becoming aware of these pitfalls will make you more successful in work and life.
Driving Me Crazy – Explore the bizarre relationship between driving, food, and overwork. Have you noticed, for example how frustrating it is when the other lane of traffic seems to be moving faster than yours? This frustration not only leads to road rage, it also leads to “event-to-event thinking” in every area of your life, which leads to crammed schedules, overload, and no time allowed to eat lunch. It doesn’t have to be that way. So much more can be achieved from taking a slower approach, to driving, working and eating. You will get more done when you just slow down a little.
How To Make More Things Go Your Way – Wouldn’t it be nice if more things went your way? Can that even happen? Yes, it can, but it requires a specific type of awareness, and some easy-to-come by skills. In this episode of CoolTimeLife, I use a few memorable examples, one from one of the most famous artists of all time, and others more modern to describe how you can set the stage for a far more satisfying turn of events in your life. There’s no magic involved. Not even any force. But it is surprisingly easy and consistent.
The Value of Your Time – It is easy to undervalue your time. But it has great value. Every moment you spend at work is the product of years of study and practice. This has a tangible value. So why are we so ready to give it away, by waiting patiently for late meetings to start, wasting valuable time on emails, and working without a plan? This podcast discusses how to value your time and how to ensure it is never wasted. Learn how time invested in planning pays off, how to make the 80/20 rule lessen your workload while increasing productivity, how to use Twitter as a timely tool for learning, and how even the biggest, scariest projects can be taken care of, simply by understanding the value of this absolutely finite resource.
Managing Your Metabolism – Your body is your single most valuable and practical tool for managing time and balancing life. But it is so often overlooked. Most of us are sleep deprived, we eat the wrong things, and we expect the brain and body to be consistently “on” and responsive all the time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Understanding your metabolism is key to successfully achieving your goals. This podcast is packed full of tips and concepts to help you stay energetic, productive and on track for personal success.
Are You Conscious? – Being in the moment mentally can be one of your greatest advantages. The problem is, most of us live our lives in reactive mode, which greatly erodes your ability to prioritize, negotiate, influence people, and thrive. This podcast explains what happens to your brain and body when you are under stress and in reactive modem and describes a number of ways for you to take control and actually write the history of your immediate future while maximizing relationships.
The 55 Minute Meeting – Meetings are one of the greatest time wasters of all. Why? Because they place priority on the agenda, which is the wrong area of focus. This podcast highlights the most important elements that go into a successful meeting, using a powerful concept called the 55-minute meeting – something that has been a highlight of our Cool-Time presentations for years. This podcast is packed with tips on how to build and run successful meetings, including the two essential features that so often go overlooked.
The Box of Time – Sounds like a science fiction movie, doesn’t it? But it’s not. At least not here. A box of time is a highly powerful way of influencing people and managing time, simply by managing expectations and giving people an alternative to fearing the unknown. It will allow you to to be left alone to focus, and also get people to show up when you want them to. It will give you some ideas on how to best structure your day and even lighten your load by no longer being the path of least resistance.
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