Are you stressed out, burning the candle at both ends, and don't know what to do first?
Discover the best way to manage your time, decrease distractions, reduce stress and create a more balanced life.
Today's guest, Stephanie Wachman is the CEO of Symetree Strategies, international speaker, Fortune 500 executive coach and strategist, who's worked with leaders at companies like FedEx, KPMG, Ally Law, Dish and many more.
An expert in communications, executive performance, time and stress management, Stephanie helps organizations create high trust and high impact work environments, through her coaching, training and consulting services. .
In today's episode, Stephanie unpacks the topic "Manage Stress, Manage Distraction, Increase Productivity"
Check out these episode highlights:
03:01 – Stephanie’s ideal client: “Is somebody who works in professional services or in a leadership level of their organization, who is stressed out, has too much going on out, and would also like to have a life outside of work....”
04:17 – Her client's biggest challenge: “Is that they have way too many distractions in their day. And they're not able to focus on one task at a time....”
05:30 – Stephanie’s #1 insight to help you: "I have two because they go together. One is, have some awareness about what your distractions are. Two is, don't multitask, try to do one thing at a time. ..."
07:10– What concept, book, program, or talk impacted you the most: "My favorite one is a book by Tony Schwartz called The Energy Project. And the other one is a book called Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine..."
08:02– Stephanie’s valuable free resource: "I have a book called Own Your Time, it has tools in it, that will help people with procrastination, prioritization, self awareness, energy management and many others..."
09:51 – Stephanie’s last thoughts: "It's always good to do a self check. Having awareness of where you lose productivity and timing those breaks in with little tiny moments of distraction for yourself is really helpful for your brain..."
(Note, this was transcribed using a transcription software and may not reflect the exact words used in the podcast)
Narrator 0:00 Welcome to the Destiny Awakening Interviews, a podcast with Andrew Wayfinder and his guests, bringing you powerful insights, inspiration and ways to break free, live life your way and make a difference in our changing and challenging world.
Andrew Hryniewicz 0:17 So hello, everyone and a very warm welcome to another edition of the Destiny Awakening Interviews. I'm Andrew Wayfinder Hryniewicz, and I'm joined today by Stephanie Watchman, CEO, speaker, author, coach and strategist.
And a very warm welcome to you, Stephanie. And where are you hanging out today?
Stephanie Watchman 0:35 Today I am hanging out in Denver, Colorado, beautiful and sunny.
Andrew Hryniewicz 0:40 Okay, so are you a skier or an outdoors person?
Stephanie Watchman 0:44 Well, as a matter of fact, I am both. And just to show really quickly what is is going on here today. I've got my mountain bike hanging out there. So I was riding in Colorado in the foothills right after this interview.
Andrew Hryniewicz 1:05 When I was younger and crazier, I get a lot of mountain biking.
Stephanie Watchman 1:09 I love it. And I am, probably all too old for it, but I still love it.
Andrew Hryniewicz 1:17 Not much mountain biking in London, unfortunately.
Stephanie Watchman 1:19 Yes, there is actually. Well, you have to go to the country. But yeah,
Andrew Hryniewicz 1:23 No, but there's great stuff in the country, but in the actual city, it's no dodging buses.
Okay, well, let's get on to your work and your experience.
So Stephanie watchman is the CEO of Symetree Strategies. An international speaker Fortune 500, executive coach and strategist, who's worked with leaders at companies like FedEx, KPMG, Ally Law, Dish, the Colorado Bar Association and many more.
As an expert in communications, executive performance, time and stress management, Stephanie helps organizations create high trust and high impact work environments, through her coaching, training and consulting services.
She works especially with emerging and established leaders, especially in law firms, to develop the confidence knowledge networking, rainmaking and leadership skills that promote their career growth, and expand the Organization's performance and Results.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, and a graduate of McGill University, Stephanie has also written two books: "Own Your Time", and "Sell Without Being Salesy", and is the host of the "Glass Gavel Podcast".
So thank you, Stephanie, for your time today. And our topic is going to be "Manage Stress, Manage Distraction, Increase Productivity" and Stephanie is going to unpack that by answering six questions.
So the first question, Stephanie, who is your ideal client? And what's the transformation your work helps them achieve?
Stephanie Watchman 3:01 Yeah, so my ideal client is usually somebody who works in professional services or is within a leadership level of their organization, who is stressed out, burning the candle at both ends, doesn't know what to do first, has too much going on out.
Yeah, and would also like to have a life outside of work. And, that's really who I work with.
And the outcome that I hope, and I help them achieve is usually to find more space in their day, carve out time for themselves, and carve out really good quality time for their personal lives.
And the work that I do is really focused on that, because it's one thing to just work. It's another thing to not have any any time or time for self care.
And I don't mean that you have to, you know, meditate 20 minutes a day sitting on a cushion in your office, but it's like, how do you weave self time into your day, versus having to feel like you have to carve out chunks of it?
Andrew Hryniewicz 4:09 It will seems like you've answered question number two, but I'll ask it anyway. So what's the biggest challenge they're facing?
Stephanie Watchman 4:17 So the biggest challenge and everybody has their own challenges, right. But typically, the biggest challenge is that they have way too many distractions in their day.
Distractions from you know, this fancy thing, to pop ups on their outlook calendars, to their emails to people in the olden days, when they were coming into your office all the time, people come into the office.
Now, it's Amazon deliveries and the doorbell ringing every five minutes. There's so many distractions that take us away from our focus, that we don't even realize that we can lose up to 25 minutes of productivity for every distraction.
So that when you're working late, often the result of that is because you have way too many distractions in your day, and you're not able to focus on one task at a time.
So people that are, especially when you're working and you have family, and you have job obligations at a very high level, it can become very overwhelming.
Andrew Hryniewicz 5:23 So question number three, what's the number one insight you would share to help them with that right now?
Stephanie Watchman 5:28 Can I give two?
Andrew Hryniewicz 5:29 Sure.
Stephanie Watchman 5:30 I give one and two, because they go together.
So the number one is, "have some awareness about what your distractions are", if you're losing 25 minutes of productivity for your distraction.
So for example, I could be working on a document, and then somebody texts me something, I lose my focus, I look at my text, and then I come back to what I'm working on.
And now I have to remember where I was and get back into that headspace. That's where you lose a lot of productivity. So turn off your notifications and have awareness of what it is that's pulling your time away from your focus.
And then manage it to the best of your ability, you can't do 100%, but a little bit more is probably going to give you more time in your day.
That's number one. And number two is "Don't Multitask". Try to do one thing at a time.
Because the research says that when you're doing multiple things at the same time, when your brain can't do it, your brain actually switches from one task to another pack of chewing gum, and listening to music to certain music.
But you'll lose about, you could lose up to two hours of productivity if you're multitasking because you make more mistakes.
Andrew Hryniewicz 6:45 Great. So question number four, what concept, book, program, talk, or experience has been most impactful in your development?
Stephanie Watchman 6:56 Oh, boy. So many.
My favorite one is a book by Tony Schwartz called "The Energy Project". And really where they do a lot of research into napping at work and the benefit of taking brain breaks. That's, a big one.
And the other one is a book called "Positive Intelligence" by Shirzad Chamine. And that's where you identify how you get in your own way and how to get out of it.
Because you might be a person who feels like you feed off of "busyness". But that's actually just your own saboteur, your own way of getting in your own way, telling yourself that you need the business when you actually don't.
Okay, we'll definitely put those in the show notes.
Andrew Hryniewicz 7:46 And what free resource would you like to share with the audience, that can help them, something from your own work?
Stephanie Watchman 7:55 Definitely. I have a book that I've written called "Own Your Time", it's super, super short, intentionally.
Intentionally short, that has very good tools in it, that will help people with procrastination, prioritization, self awareness, energy management, often we work at the wrong time of our day.
So if you really have great energy in the morning, don't do things that are boring and time consuming, like expense reports, do things that will you need good brain power for so I talked about that in the book as well.
So really good resource for people to use as a tool to help them get through the day more productively with more energy and with less stress.
And also, I have a YouTube channel that has tons of time management tips on it, like 30 second tips, because if you're short on time, you can spend, you know, hours watching, watching my stuff.
But I also speak all over the world on this topic. And so if anybody wanted information on that, I'm happy to share.
Andrew Hryniewicz 9:06 Okay, so that'll be stephaniewatchman.com. And that again, will be in the show notes Thats, definitely ie.
Andrew Hryniewicz 9:16 Okay, So question number six. The last question, Stephanie, what should I have asked you that I didn't?
Stephanie Watchman 9:23 Yes, there's a lot of things that you should have asked me that you didn't. But here's the one that I would say. You should ask me. Stephanie Watchman sack or productivities sack.
Andrew Hryniewicz 9:36 Okay. You got a little bit garbled right there. Can you ask the question again, because it didn't get done.
Stephanie Watchman 9:42 What is my personal productivity drain? Do I lose my productivity?
Andrew Hryniewicz 9:48 Okay, so what's your productivity Achilles heel?
Stephanie Watchman 9:51 My productivity Achilles heel, are YouTube videos on dogs. I have a problem. Whenever. I need a break. I start watching these rescue videos on dogs and I get notifications about new ones that come up.
And I find that I lose more than 20 minutes at a time on those things. So that's a big, again, having awareness of where do you lose productivity and why it's really normal, your brain needs a break every 30 to 40 minutes.
So timing those breaks in with little tiny moments of distraction for yourself is really helpful. But if you're doing it more than once or twice during your workday, you're gonna lose a lot of time, and so guilty.
Whenever I have to write a book, I find that I lose a lot of productivity and time. So it's, it's always good to do a self check.
Andrew Hryniewicz 10:44 So yeah, it sounds like a another aspect in your sense of mindfulness just being very, you know, it's fine to take a break, but to do it consciously.
Stephanie Watchman 10:53 Yes, exactly. Exactly.
Andrew Hryniewicz 10:57 Okay, well, that was perfect. Stephanie, thank you so much for your time today.
Stephanie Watchman 11:01 My pleasure. Nice to meet you.
Andrew Hryniewicz 11:03 Okay, bye.
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