I like to create rhythm in my life so I can freely engage the creative part of my brain for problem solving. There's no better place to apply expansive thinking than on issues holding you back. I gave deliberate thought to what I wanted to accomplish on my trip to Asia, and set a plan. By integrating a daily run with a 30-minute audio language lesson , I was able to accomplish both tasks. Doing this in Vietnam gave me the added help of being immersed in daily speech and using the heat and humidity to sweat off extra pounds. By the end of the trip, I pushed myself to give one hour a day for both tasks, while only using one hour per day. I also now count all my stretching in Vietnamese. Quit banging your head against the same brick wall over and over. Take time to think things through and find creative solutions that bring fun and progress to the grind of obstacle removal.
In age when companies have access to mountains of data on nearly every facet of their business, it's easy to say that your organization needs to be data-driven. But Adam Tishman, co-founder of customized mattress company Helix Sleep , reminded business leaders that it can be hard to keep up with the speed of incoming data, and taking the time to collect and analyze each point can hinder their ability to move quickly. Therefore, finding a balance between the two — and determining which data are most important to hone in on — is the key to not getting bogged down.