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MCR-025: I Can’t Stop Working (Part 1)

by Jesse Lahey on April 26, 2012

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Overworked ManTop 10 things I’d do if I became an evil overlord. What went right & wrong during the half-marathon. I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 1). Man Toy: CRKT Multi-Tool.

Top 10 Things I’d Do If I Became an Evil Overlord

Keep these in mind if you ever find yourself as the bad guy in a James Bond flick.

What Went Right & Wrong During the Half-Marathon

J.J. and Jesse and four other buddies completed the Glass City Marathon’s half-marathon event. J.J. led our team and beat his personal record by about 15 minutes — on our show, he shares his secret. Jesse ran one of his worst races ever, and he shares what he did wrong that made the race harder and less enjoyable.

I Can’t Stop Working: 4 Ways to Manage How Much You Work (Part 1)

Jesse shares a brief audio clip from The Successful Life Mindset podcast episode 030, “Living in the Now,” when hosts Cliff Ravenscraft and Tracy Yost talked about their personal struggles to keep their working hours in check relative to their other priorities. It’s an issue Jesse has also struggled with throughout his career.

Based on what’s been helpful to him, Jesse shares four suggestions to manage how much you work.

  1. Understand the importance of your other priorities. Michael Hyatt does a great job discussing the why and how of managing your priorities in his podcast This Is Your Life episode 009, “Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible?“ In his book When Work and Family Collide, Andy Stanley says that for anyone who has spouse and kids, family “is your only unique responsibility. On the marketplace side of the equation, you’re expendable. Even if you own your own company, you’re expendable. You know that.”
  2. Have a designated time and place for work.  A great resource to help you set boundaries for your work is Dr. Henry Cloud’s book, The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success.

Don’t miss next week’s episode, as we discuss suggestions #3 and #4:

  1. Understand what’s behind your drive to work so much.
  2. Make the most of the time you do spend working.

CRKT Multi-ToolMan Toy: CRKT Multi-Tool

As featured in the May issue of Popular Mechanics, the CRKT Multi-Tool 9200 ($50 retail, but currently only $31 on Amazon) includes a utility knife and other blades, saw, wrench, wire stripper, spring-loaded screwdrivers, and bottle opener. It fits comfortably in your pocket, includes a belt clip, and has an ergonomic handle.

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Why I Added Another Half-Marathon to My Schedule

by Jesse Lahey on March 9, 2012

For the last few years, my first endurance event of the year is in late April, and the last event is in late October or early November. That leaves over five months without a major event to look forward to … a long winter that can be a struggle to find motivation for staying in shape.

It’s true that it’s much more fun to prepare for an event when the weather is nice outside. However, by adding the Miami Beach half-marathon to my calendar, and picturing myself with J. J., my dad, and 2,500 fit people running together in an exotic location, I hit my winter workouts with a lot more enthusiasm.

As the event grew closer, we three guys grew more and more excited. On the morning of the race, gathering in the dark with the other athletes, we felt like we were at a huge party.

At the half-way point, Dad and I were slowing down due to the heat and probably a bit of dehydration, but we still felt pretty good.

J.J. stayed with a group of pacers and never slowed down (he paid for it later, with a slight injury and significant soreness for the next few days). Dad and I, like most of the other runners, ran slower and slower as the tropical heat picked up. We had intended to push hard during the last 5K, but even a slight increase felt as though we were sprinting. So we trudged through to the finish line, picking up my worst time by far.

However, I’d never before run this far so early in the year. We had great fun planning and making this trip, and now we are in great position to train for our best times for the Glass City Marathon next month.

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