June 11, 2012
A Wake Up Call: Time to Sleep Your Way to a Better Work-Life? 


Welcome to TGIM Work-Life News, my 'Not-So-Monthly' newsletter! This is a sister publication to UNretiredLife -- both brought to you by Big Cheese Coaching.


INSIDE: : More on Taming Overwhelm; Can You Sleep Your Way to a Better Work-Life (not what you're thinking!)? Best Picks from "In the News".


Oh dear. I've done it again. I've really honoured the 'not-so-monthly' aspect of this newsletter. Well, at least you won't be accusing me of overwhelming you with too many emails...! In any case, glad to be in touch again.

And speaking of overwhelming.....if you attended my webinar on tips to tame overwhelm, hosted by the CICA, you were in good company. More than 3,500 people registered! I had a lot of positive feedback on this one and many emails from people asking for more stuff on this topic. So before I dive further into other content, let me share some big news on the 'more stuff please' front.


I'm writing a book! There I said it (Yikes, now I have to write it).

Actually, I'm well into the process. Guess what it's about? RX for the Overwhelmed.... Well, that's not the official title (yet...still working on it) but it's the gist of what the book will be about. I'm writing it for you. And I'm writing it for me too. Sometimes I think 'overwhelm' is my middle name with the jam-packed load and fast pace of work and life. Thankfully, I have oodles of tools, ideas and tips that help me deal with those moments of overwhelm angst -- and I love to share them!

I'll provide more updates as I plod along my first book-writing journey but in the meantime, no need to wait. For those who asked for more 'stuff', I have 'stuff' to share with you right away. I put together some resources on my TGIMworklife blog that if you haven't seen yet, you can check out by scrolling down here and reading the next two 'stories' filled with links to lots more resources, ideas, etc. 

I also want to make sure this newsletter puts you to sleep. Well, not literally and not right away! Stick with me for a bit will y'a!? For those of you who tuned in to the webinar, you heard me talk about sleep (amongst many other ideas and tips). Sleep deserves a spotlight. The quality and duration of our sleep has a huge impact on our work success, our overall wellbeing and our abilities and our capacity to prevent or at least cope with overwhelm. The more I reflect on this and the more I read up on the research, the more convinced I am that you can indeed sleep your way to a better work-life. Hmmm.

ell, if you are intrigued and want to hear more about how you can sleep your way to a better work (and life), please do scroll down for the article that I hope this will indeed help put you to sleep. 

Thank you for being part of my TGIMworklife community. Here's to your personal, professional and organizational wellbeing!

Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC
Big Cheese Coaching and Chadnick Communications

More Resources to Tame Overwhelm; and Get to Sleep!   


As promised, some more 'stuff' to help you cope with overwhelm:


1) View the Webinar: If you missed the CICA webinar and would like to watch it - the recording is now available (free of charge - no strings attached). Simply click on this link and register your email (look to left of the page that opens) and you can watch right away or whenever it is convenient for you.  Please note you would be registering directly with CICA (the webinar host). I do not receive any information about who has registered.


2) Some follow-up resources: After the webinar, I wrote an article on my TGIMworklife blog. highlighting additional resources, ideas and tips related to the topics covered in the presentation. You can check it out here.

3) Get to sleep! I also wrote a blog post called, "Can You Sleep Your Way to a Great Job With 7 Tips". And there's much more....please read on:  


Do you find it is harder these days to fall asleep? Stay asleep? Get quality sleep? Are you juggling so much in your work + life that you are squeezing out some of your sleep time to get an extra hour of productivity in? Maybe getting up extra early so you can fit in the gym workout or staying up later to deal with the 117+ emails that came in while you were in meetings all day?


If you said yes, you are in good company. This has become an epidemic amongst the 'busy' and who isn't 'busy' these days? I just came across a study that said 30% of people in the U.S were not getting enough quality zzzz. I wonder if Canada is really much different?


The experts say the average person needs about 7-8 hours of quality sleep for our bodies and brains to perform optimally. This varies amongst individuals but the key is getting too little sleep over time can have significant consequences: reduced productivity, memory loss, compromise in your ability to consolidate information and learning. There are physical health impacts too such as increased risk of diabetes, heart problems, obesity and more.


So if you are sleepless in ____(Toronto, Seattle, name the place)...and not dealing with it then chances are you may be experiencing "Bye bye thinking ability - hello brain freeze and with a little crankiness on the side?"


It's not just me talking about this. Sleep has become a really hot work + life topic these days. I just discovered that the Huffington Post dedicates an entire section to sleep. And even the world of neuroscience is taking this seriously. I came across a very interesting concept, called Leadership Lockdown Syndrome, coined by two neuroscientists who presented their research at last year's Neuroleadership conference. They described  how the brain 'locks down' when leaders (or anyone I would imagine) experience high stress, poor sleep and low mood all at once.  You can read more about this in my my article....and see 7 tips and ideas to help put you to sleep (if this newsletter hasn't done so already!!). 


TED Talk on Sleep! If you made this far into this newsletter, you must check out this treat. Arianna Huffington did a 4 minute (or so) Ted talk on her Big Idea and it was all about getting more sleep in order to be more successful. I have to tell you this so you don't think I copied her (lol...seriously, true story). I wrote this newsletter with the headline and all and only just stumbled across this last night. Same idea/headline, etc. Too good not to include so definitely Check it out here!


Let me end this article with a few few random quotes I found on sleep. Enjoy!


"Insomnia is a gross feeder.  It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking."  ~Clifton Fadiman


"It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it."  ~John Steinbeck


"I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day, because that means it's going to be up all night."  ~Steven Wright


 "No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap."  ~Carrie Snow


 NEXT: Scroll down for 'In the News" -- articles you may have missed (e.g 5 Ways to Say No Without Jeopardizing your Job; How to Develop That Dream Career Without Losing Focus on the Day Job; Don't Squelch Your Daughter's Career"....and more!

In the News 


I write frequently for the Globe and Mail Careers - as one of their "Ask an Expert/Career Coach" contributors. Here are a few articles that have been recently published - along with some other articles from other media sources (also posted on my blog. Hope you enjoy! 


Five Ways to Say No Without Jeopardizing Your Reputation at Work(Globe and Mail, April 2012)


How to Develop That Dream Career Without Losing Focus on the Day Job(Globe and Mail, April 2012)


Don't Squelch Your Daughter's Career by Pushing Advice(Globe and Mail, May 2012)


7 Questions (about life) to Ask Before You Retire(, March 2012)


Tame the Overwhelm Gremlin - Ask a Coach and Online Discussion(Globe and Mail, 2012)



And many more! To see more - check out the 'In the News" page on my TGIMworklife blog.


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