By Jim Estill
Today I got a light work out in before my work out at the gym. I shovelled snow for 20 minutes. This is a perfect example of the Power of While. What can you do while you are doing something else. In this case, I could get the drive shovelled and get a bit of exercise.
Last week the shovelling/chipping ice was more than just a light work out.
My brother, Lyle, who does not “work out” per se builds his life around heavy and physical projects so he gets his exercise (and he actually gets a few more steps in that I do)
I believe it is healthy to spend 20 minutes or more each day outside.
Exercise is one area I use the Power of While in a big way. I do walking meetings with my staff and people who want to meet with me. Most walks I do are 30 minutes. Long enough to get some fresh air – short enough to be efficient. Walking meetings are also very levelling – not like sitting across a table or a desk. To some extent – less confrontational.
I will also sometimes get some friend time in by walking with a friend.
Most days I do 2-3 walking meetings. Some rare days I will do 5 or 6. I need the breaks anyways and it gives me a bit of exercise, steps for my Fitbit, fresh air and gives me the time to speak to people.
I use the Power of While while I am driving. Most of the time, I listen to audiobooks. I surprise myself how many books I can get through even though most of my driving is short local hops. Sometimes I will listen to an audiobook while working out at the gym (but usually not)
The Power of While is a time management technique.
A friend emailed me and article “Steve Jobs Practiced This 1 Habit That Triggers Creative Ideas, According to Neuroscience” where it talks about walking being a great way to stimulate creativity.
I just got an Ikea sitdown stand up desk. What can I go while doing some computer work? Stand up to be a bit healthier. I also ordered a 40 pound weight vest but not sure I will wear that often. Will see how it goes.
Lately I have been thinking about living in the present (something I am not good at). Wondering if my Power of While hurts that. Perhaps I should do some things without doing something else at the same time.