Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #8

Here’s another installment in my series of posts about podcast episodes I’ve listened to recently, along with “my takeaways” from each.

Happier, with Gretchen Rubin, Episode 68 – “How to Be On Time”

My Takeaways:

Being on time: People are either always late or always on time. If you are always late, what can you do?

timeBegin by asking “Why are you late?” Do you sleep in because you’re exhausted? Are you just trying to get that one last thing done before you leave? If it’s the latter, try thinking in terms of “What will I do as soon as I get there?” That gives you an incentive to get there early or on time. Make it something that’s pulling you toward your destination, instead of keeping you from leaving.

Do you feel anxiety about being early? If you use the above trick, you can already have something in mind that you will do if you are early. For instance, if you arrive to an office building early for a meeting, you will have time to read that article or email you wanted to read, instead of reading it at home and then arriving to your meeting late.

Do you underestimate commute time? Always assume the worst case scenario (esp. for airplane or mass transit travel). People who are always late will say things like “You wouldn’t believe the traffic!” But people who are always on time are on time despite all that.

Strategies of Habit Change: The Strategy of Treats

“When we give more to ourselves, we can ask more from ourselves.”

Load yourself with “healthy” treats – that don’t cost a lot, that give you more energy without making you feel bad in the long run. Ideas for healthy treats:

  • Reading a magazine
  • Doing a crossword puzzle
  • Listening to podcasts in bed
  • Light a scented candle
  • Smell flowers
  • Baths
  • What is a treat for you?

Don’t confuse treats with rewards. A reward is something you deserve or you earn. A treat is something you don’t have to earn. You get it because you want it, so it’s really a treat. It makes it more energizing.

Create Your Own Life Podcast – Jeremy Ryan Slate interviews Faydra Koenig on “Overcoming Setbacks in Your Career”

My Takeaways:

Koenig had developed a great reputation as a divorce coach, but decided to expand to reach more people as a “crisis coach” to help folks who were going through many other types of crises. She had to completely rebrand. Koenig said it took her about four years to really establish herself under the new brand, and to really have a steady base and to know what her business is all about.

Do not expect rebranding to happen overnight. It takes time.

If you want to listen to the entire interviews on these podcast episodes, just click on the links I included.

I’m always on the lookout for podcasts to enjoy. Know of one you think I’d appreciate? Share this post on Twitter using the button below and tag me @bernadettegeyer to share your favorite podcasts with me! Maybe I’ll review it in a future blog post.

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