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December 2006 - Edition 2
Latest News About Recovering Workaholics.
Written and published by Gina Gardiner
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Welcome to this our second newsletter for Recovering Workaholics.


Firstly I would like to thank you for signing up for the newsletter which is published on a monthly basis.


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I’m so please to be able to announce that we have finalized the venue for the London based course due to begin in January 2007. It will take place at Finwell House, 26 Finsbury Square, London EC2 A1SH


Make it your New Year’s resolution to create a life you truly love.


Join us at 6.30 for a 6.45 start every Tuesday evening for 12 weeks beginning on January 30th. Details on request.

Media Interest


Interest in Recovering Workaholics continues. I have received calls from The Wall Street Journal Network and another TV Production Company in the last few days and an article is due to appear in Bella Magazine in the New Year.


I was very pleased to receive a copy of “Global People” Beijing with an article in it about Recovering Workaholics – at least that’s what I’m told it is about. My Chinese is limited to ordering numbers off a menu I’m afraid.

Article – Time Is A Finite Commodity – Do You Have Enough?


I am always struck how often we hear about the same theme in several different contexts. I have been amazed how often the theme of time has come up this week.


Several clients have chosen to focus their session on their lack of time and the negative impact this has on their lives this month – no surprise there you might say. Ask most people about their lives and they will tell you that they never have enough time.


Modern technology was supposed to free us all up for a life of leisure and yet so many people are rushing about chasing their tails. With all the labour saving gadgets and convenience foods, dishwashers, microwaves, computers and faster modes of transport we seem to have less time than ever to spend with loved ones, to learn and read and simply to reflect. One has to ask why?


I was on a course recently where I was really struck by one session with the theme of time. Ian Mc Dermot the course leader asked us to think about the way we use our time. We were reminded that each day has 24 hours, which gives us 168 hours in a week, 8736 hours in a year. In life time of 70 years we have 613200 hours to use. Sounds quite a lot doesn’t it.


We were given a table of the number of hours in a life time of varying lengths. For example if you live to 100 you have 876,000 hours to spend. In fact the table went up to age 120 just so we wouldn’t self limit!


Just think about the time you have – you can use it once and once only.


You might think that spend is a strange word to use but we all make choices about how we spend our time, for most of us these choices are made at an unconscious level and the result is not always as we would wish it to be. We also choose how to spend our money and expend our energy.


Now consider your life time and how you have chosen to spend your time so far. Have you truly made the most of your time? Do you want to go on using your time in the same way in the future?


You may find it useful to complete the chart –give a ball park figure rather than getting bogged down. I’ve put in some headings but use the ones you find appropriate and add any of your own. (Assume a life time of 70 years for this exercise.)



Hrs per week Hrs per year Hrs per Lifetime
Food shopping      
Personal care      
Watching TV      
Personal admin – phone calls letters, forms etc      



What do you notice?

  • Was the result what you expected?
  • Do you actively choose how you spend your time?
  • Does the way you spend your time make you happy?
  • How would you like to spend your time in the future?
  • What needs to change if you are to spend your time doing the things you value most?

Now look forward into the future to the end of your life.

  • Look back over those years and consider how you would like to be remembered?
  • What legacy would you like to leave?

Managing time is about prioritizing and making choices. It often requires us to create boundaries or to learn to say no – to others and maybe to ourselves.


Even a small change can make a significant difference to the quality of your life – what change could you make today which would make a difference to the quality of your life over time?





It would seem that organizations are beginning to understand the need to change their culture - to work smarter rather than longer. More and more people are facing the impact of having a poor work life balance, resulting in burn out and stress. If staff are too busy reacting to the demands placed upon them it becomes impossible to think strategically, to be proactive and anticipate needs. Productivity is reduced, job satisfaction becomes less and stress levels go through the roof leading to absenteeism and loss of performance.


We ran a very successful session for the Marketing Team at the Head Office of one of the High Street Banks in November. The session focused on effective and efficient ways of working. In this first session the team created strategies for ensuring that they manage other people’s unrealistic expectations, meetings and emails and they have identified lots of ideas for impacting positively on others within the organization which will be the focus for the coming months.


The feedback has been great. The team feels more together and in control of their diaries, they are feeling energized and enthusiastic.


A really productive afternoon.



Recommended Read


The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey


This book looks at using your time in line with your values and so much more. It stands alone but is even more effective if you have read his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”


I use a modified form of his time planning sheet as do several of my clients. We all find it incredibly helpful.



Your feedback is greatly appreciated. If there are any topics you would like covered in future issues please let me know on info@recoveringworkaholics.com


I received an email this week from Fred who has signed up to the Recovering Workaholic Newsletter.


He asked “Why is it that some activities seem to be able to stretch time so time seems irrelevant. I often find myself lost in an activity that is so totally absorbing that I lose track of time and “it doesn't matter" I have enjoyed the activity and accomplished well ..just like those times when as children summer days seemed endless and we never wanted them to end.
where as other activities seem to reduce time and the clock is always ticking and there is always something else to fit into a limited amount of time...???

How do we get back control of time as we did as children???”


What do you think?




In the meanwhile plans are going ahead to run the 12 week course – “Create A Life You Love” in 2 locations in the New Year, one in central London and the other in Essex. I hope these will be the first of many World wide. Details of the venue and prices are currently being finalised. If you are interested in knowing more or wish to secure a place please visit the website on www.recoveringworkaholics.com/courses.php to review the courses.


Each month the news letter will contain an article and some recommended reading or listening. The theme is very much about supporting you to create a life with a great work life balance.


Your feedback is greatly appreciated. If there are any topics you would like covered in future issues please let me know on info@recoveringworkaholics.com

Warmest wishes,

Gina Gardiner




Creating a good work life balance is vital for long term health, wellbeing and happiness.


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Gina Gardiner, recognized by Investors In People as creating an "innovative and exemplary training programme for emerging and middle managers" and by Ofsted as an “inspirational leader”. Her experience includes that of “Change Management” and in supporting organizational leaders in developing strategic vision and creating a “can do” culture.


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