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Be Kick ARS: Transform Your Work Life with Adventure, Rest, and Schedule

by | Jun 18, 2024 | EVEolution™, Women's Health

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Earlier this year, I had the incredible honour of presenting at the Fuel Summit in Auckland. For those who may not know, Fuel is a fantastic fitness business summit for women, and I was thrilled to be awarded Fuel Woman of the Year for my advocacy in women’s health. For my presentation, I wanted to give the audience something tangible, something they could take home and implement in their daily lives. That’s how Be Kick ARS was born. Today, I want to share this concept with you, focusing on how Adventure, Rest, and Schedule can revolutionise your work life.

Adventure: Everyday Exploration for Professional Growth

When you think of adventure, you might picture a backpack, passport, and a whirlwind trip across the globe. While that’s one kind of adventure, I’m talking about something you can incorporate into your everyday work life, with incredible benefits for your professional growth and brain health.

Your brain is a muscle, a pretty clever one at that. The more we challenge it with problem-solving, planning, and learning, the stronger it gets. Cognitive decline can be a scary thought, especially if you’ve experienced brain fog during high-stress periods. The fear of cognitive decline looms over many of us as we age. We know that exercise, a good diet, and quality sleep are crucial for brain health. But so is learning, and that’s where our daily professional adventures come in.

How often do you tackle tasks mindlessly, following the same routine, just to tick them off your to-do list? Imagine transforming those routine tasks into adventures. For instance, when faced with a new project or challenge, approach it differently each time. Challenge yourself to find innovative solutions and explore new methods. This keeps your brain engaged and benefits your overall professional growth.

So, my challenge to you is to have your own professional adventures, big or small. Shake up your routine, take on new challenges, and see how they invigorate your mind and enhance your work performance.

Rest: The Cornerstone of Productivity

Let’s move on to the R in Be Kick ARS – Rest. This topic is especially close to my heart right now, as I’ve just had both my flu and COVID jabs and, well, got a bit sick. It seems like everyone around me is battling some kind of bug, and it’s been a timely reminder of the importance of rest.

I have quite a bit of anxiety around getting sick. Nearly two years ago, I caught COVID, and it kicked off a series of life-changing symptoms. I struggled with long COVID, experiencing post-exercise malaise (PEM), which meant any exercise that raised my heart rate left me barely functioning 36 hours later. This was a major turning point in my life, leading to a complete overhaul of my lifestyle. I quit alcohol (I haven’t had a drink since), revamped my eating habits, and, most importantly, I learned to truly appreciate rest.

Rest was never a priority for me. There was always too much to do, and I often cut into my sleep to fit everything in, including work. But now, two years on from COVID, I see rest as the cornerstone of my productivity. Everything revolves around my sleep and its quality.

Rest goes beyond just sleep, though. It’s also about taking a digital rest. I limit my time on social media and screens, using any spare moments to practice breathing exercises that support my rest-and-digest system. This has been a game-changer for me.

My challenge to you is to prioritise rest in your professional life. Think about improving your sleep quality, reducing screen time, and incorporating relaxation practices into your routine. This will not only enhance your productivity but also improve your overall well-being.

Schedule: Deciding What You Want and Dedicating Time to It

Finally, we arrive at the S in Be Kick ARS – Schedule. Don’t underestimate the power of a good schedule – it can be just as exciting and transformative as the other elements.

Creating a schedule is all about deciding what you want in life and dedicating time to it. James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits,” brilliantly puts it: “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” This quote reshaped my approach to life. A well-thought-out schedule isn’t a rigid plan; it’s a dynamic framework that supports your goals and well-being.

Take professional development, for example. I’m at a stage where continuous learning brings me complete joy, but that wasn’t always the case. When you are first starting out, you may have great intentions, but professional development can represent stress and overwhelm. However, for many, regular professional development is a struggle to fit in. This is where scheduling comes in.

By deciding when and what type of development activities to do and sticking to it, you gradually build a habit that can become a joyous part of your professional life.

For me, it’s not just about professional development. Writing is another passion of mine, so I schedule dedicated time for it. Whether it’s drafting these articles or working on new course materials, having it in my schedule ensures it gets done. It’s not about cramming every minute with tasks but about making conscious choices to allocate time to what truly matters to you.

So, what do you want more of in your professional life? More time for skill-building? Better work-life balance? Start by scheduling it. Carve out time in your day or week for these activities and treat that time as non-negotiable. You’ll be amazed at how much more fulfilling and productive your work life can become.

Thank you for joining me on this journey to Be Kick ARS. Let’s continue to embrace Adventure, prioritise Rest, and make the most of our Schedules to achieve our best professional selves.

Until next time, keep thriving!

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