Welcome to our June 2020 Community Newsletter.
We hope you are keeping well and staying warm as winter starts to settle in.
We have had a busy month running online workshops for a number of clients. It has been lots of fun adapting to the new world of online workshops (and we have enjoyed being able to run them from our farm). Some of the wonderful things about online workshops are that people can participate from home and it doesn’t matter where you’re located, as long as you have the internet and a device, you can join us.
Our theme for this month is Growing Employee Engagement. The disruption we’re experiencing at the moment can seriously impact employee engagement. In this month’s free webinar, we will be sharing some tips to help you increase your employee engagement, whether you are in the workplace or working remotely.
Until next month, have a magical one.
The Magical Learning Team
Mental Health And Wellbeing
Two of the biggest drains on our brain’s energy are when we resist what is and when we crave things. Our brain functions best when we are present and accept what is.
While some of us are starting to return to our usual place of work, many are still working from home and there is still a lot of uncertainty.
Whilst we can’t control the changes that are happening, we can control ourselves and how we interpret situations. By consciously working on our mental wellbeing, we set ourselves up to cope better with the changes happening around us.
Question: What would happen to a luxury sportscar if it was filled with cheap petrol and never serviced?
Answer: It wouldn’t run well and it would be more prone to breakdowns.
Remember, you are like that sportscar. You need to fill your own tank with high quality fuel (food, water, etc.) so you can perform well, at home and at work.
Simple things you can do to support your mental wellbeing include:
- Daily self-care
- Eating fresh, wholesome foods
- Staying hydrated by drinking water
- Regular exercise
- Taking regular breaks throughout the day
- Sleep (we will talk more about that in the next section)
- Connecting with others
- Getting out in nature
Science clearly shows that being present allows us to see more opportunities. When we are present, it is easier to be calm, which is good for our mental wellbeing.
Please, take the time to look after yourself. Everything you create comes from you, so make your mental wellbeing your top priority.
Sleep Is Your Super Power
Did you know that when you sleep your brain does a lot of work? Some of the things it does include: cleaning out toxins, filing information you have absorbed during the day and making new connections (which helps you to be more creative and innovative).
In the past few months we’ve noticed that some of our coaching clients are struggling with sleep. Sleep is fundamental for a good life. When we don’t get the right amount and quality of sleep it impairs our ability to think properly, to make good decisions, to be empathetic – the list goes on…
In his terrific TED Talk, Sleep Is Your Super Power, Matt Walker reminds us of how important sleep is to a quality life.
If you struggle to sleep well, here are some simple things you can do to sleep better:
- Create a ‘Sleep Routine’ – so your body recognises when it’s time to go to sleep
- Take a cold shower before bed, to lower your body temperature
- Put away all screens at least an hour before you go to sleep
- Try to eat dinner at least two hours prior to bed
- Ensure your bedroom is totally dark and cool
- Listen to a Loving Kindness meditation last thing at night
- Keep a notepad and pen next to your bed so if you wake up with something on your mind you can write it down and then go back to sleep
- Ensure your bedroom is device free
- Buy an old-fashioned alarm clock, if you need an alarm to wake you up.
And remember to consult your medical practitioner if this is an ongoing challenge.
Becoming More Adaptable
Did you know that one of the five key characteristics that NASA looks for in future astronauts is adaptability? (Source: Mars One)
With all of the disruption around us, it’s more important than ever that we work on becoming more adaptable.
Here are some simple things you can do to develop your Adaptability Quotient (AQ):
- Sleep better
- Work on your self-care
- Start an ideas journal and come up with 5-10 new ideas a day
- Read and listen to topics that are outside your comfort zone
- Try one new thing a day (maybe buy a vegetable you have never bought before and add it to a new recipe)
- Learn to get into flow
- Get out in nature
- Schedule 30 minutes each week in your calendar to daydream on the question, ‘What if…’
If you want to boost your AQ skills even more, we’re running an online workshop later this month – details further down in this newsletter.
Resources to Help You Become More Adaptable
- One Red Paper Clip by Kyle MacDonald
- Limitless by Jim Kwik
- Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang
- Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.
- The Pursuit of Happyness
- Catch Me If You Can
- Eat Pray Love
- Hidden Figures
- MFL 49 – How To Become More Adaptable (Mind For Life)
- Adaptability – Find Out How To Nurture This Skill So You Can Handle Change With Ease and Grace (7 Skills for the Future Podcast)
- 3 Ways to Measure Your Adaptability – and How to Improve It by Natalie Fratto
- How Adaptability Will Help You Deal With Change by Jennifer Jones
- What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection by Jia Jiang
- What If You Could Trade A Paperclip for A House? by Kyle MacDonald
New Learning Opportunities
All times are in AEST*
Our Free Monthly Webinar: GROWING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 10.30am – 11.15am AEST
In this webinar, you will learn:
- What ‘employee engagement’ is and why it’s important for your organisation
- The real cost of low engagement in your organisation
- 5 tools and techniques to help improve employee engagement.
Wednesday, 24 June and Thursday 25 June 2020, 12.30pm – 3.30pm AEST
Early Bird Cost: $575.00 inc GST where applicable
In this online program you will:
- Understand adaptability quotient (AQ) and why it is becoming more important than EQ in the workplace
- Understand the skills you need to develop in order to build your AQ
- Deepen your ability to thrive during change and uncertainty
- Develop ways to constantly reskill and innovate to stay up-to-date during disruption
- Boost your mental agility and growth mindset to improve your decision-making skills
- Practical tools and techniques to confidently navigate through change and uncertainty.
Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 9.00am – 12.00pm AEST
Early Bird Cost: $295.00 inc GST where applicable
In this program you will learn:
- Why it is important to manage your energy
- How to improve your productivity
- What high performers focus on
- Models and techniques to improve your energy
- Practical strategies and tools to improve your productivity during disruption
- How to develop a Personal Action Plan.
Tuesday, 30 June and Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1.00-4.00pm AEST
Early Bird cost: $575.00 inc GST where applicable
In this program you will learn:
- The neuroscience behind your role as ‘secretary’ in a meeting
- How to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to be at your peak
- The key steps to world-class preparation
- How to stay focused and alert during any meeting
- How to take effective notes in meetings
- How to transform your meeting notes into professional minutes
- Where you can get ongoing support.
All Early Bird Offers Last Till 10th June 2020, limited spots available!
Book Of The Month: Limitless by Jim Kwik
Reviewed by Danette Fenton-Menzies
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