Posted on October 1, 2011

Things I’ve Learned…(and am still learning).

By Paycor's CEO, Bob Coughlin

Quick Tip: Improve your wellbeing by eliminating the noise.

The theme of this article is very simple: When I tune out what I can’t control, I am able to focus. To help tune out the distractions that are a part of your day,take a week and listen to some good music in the morning, journal, or something else. Think about whether you missed anything instead of worrying about what you can’t control.

Over the past few months I have had many meetings where we get off track discussing the debt debate, congress, hurricanes, China, etc. Gee, all important issues, but these conversations can distract us from our focus. People can be in a frenzy about these issues and at times a little paralyzed by them. I’m not saying we should not be concerned citizens, but it really struck me in June when I rode my bike (yes, pedaled) through the Rockies. I did not watch the news for six days. When I arrived at the Denver airport the last day, the news was on the television and I realized it was okay to take a break from being so connected.

Our businesses and our lives may be better off if we work at being less connected. I don’t mean we should not respond to our clients, but think about all the things you do and whether you could simulate a “Ride the Rockies” week. How many meetings do we have where people are not focused? Get a basket and collect devices at the beginning of the meeting. Watch their hands shake. You get the point.