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Welcome to Life Mastery!

Welcome to Life Mastery!

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KEY POINTS:

1. Work is important - but it’s not everything. You need to learn how to have a healthy work-life balance.

2. Life mastery is when you’ve learned how to be productive at work, manage stress, eat well, be active, and experience joy in your life outside of work.

3. This module will take you through the 12 steps that will help you achieve this life mastery.

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“There is no passion to be found in playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” - Nelson Mandela

Welcome to Life Mastery!

Work. Live. Play. These three words are used frequently in the field of real estate, when the Realtor is showing how a home can allow a person or family to do all three in an environment where they are happy and thriving. They also have a direct tie to what we are trying to do by creating a new workplace environment.

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Yes, we want to work. We want to work very productively, but we also want to live. Really living means you’re not stressed all the time. You are healthy. You are eating well. Play is what we do with our breaks from work. A countless number of studies show stress is one of the leading causes of almost all illness. We need a world where we do more than just work and die.

In Personal Mastery and Work Mastery, you developed fundamental habits that have set the stage for you to live your best self at work and at home.

In Life Mastery, we’re going to bring all of this information together in a step-by-step protocol. We’ve designed a twelve-week plan for leaders to follow when putting the program into place in their own companies.

The changes proposed are meant to be introduced and implemented gradually in stages. We’re introducing the habits one week at a time, however you can go at the pace that makes sense for your company. Remember it’s all about making small, consistent changes 1% at a time.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 1: Start with Why

Week 1: Start with Why

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KEY POINTS:

1. The first step is educating the employees about what the program is and is not.

2. Take time to figure out the why - why are we doing this? Why is this important? Why are we trying to achieve these things?

3. Once everyone has a shared clear vision, they will be more likely to get on board and stick with the program.

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“Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.” - Jim Rohn

The first step you must take before even starting the program is making sure everybody is on board with it. Have the representatives who are running the program present it to management first, and make sure they understand exactly what the program and its goals are. Educate the board so all members know what’s happening. Get all higher-ups prepared for the change so there is company-wide understanding of what’s coming.

They must understand we’re not trying to squeeze more blood out of the stone. We’re saying the stone’s not working well. Employees are getting sick, burned out, overweight, and stressed because of the way they are living and working outside and inside the workplace. By introducing this new way of working, we can change all of that and create more productive, efficient employees.

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The single most important thing to start with is a shared, clear vision of the future. There is great value in identifying motivations behind actions and helping everyone to see the bigger picture. When you take time to figure out the why, you are better equipped to overcome any challenges to the new way of doing things that might arise in your life or workplace. Tell employees why you are doing this. If you’re clear about why you are going to do this, everyone will feel more motivated to get on board.

I'd like you to look back on the dream and goal setting that we did at the beginning of the program.

Then I'd like you to dive into your work a bit deeper. Take a look at your dreams and goals and then ask yourself why? Why do you want to achieve those things? Then ask again. Go deeper. Get to the root of why you want what you want.

For example, when I was in high school I wanted to make the Olympics in swimming. But at the deepest level I loved to be in the water. Annalise Carr swam across Lake Ontario at 13 years of age, and at the deepest level that was to raise money for a cancer camp.

If you can find the deep reasons why you do things you will be absolutely unstoppable.

You can use the Start with Why section of The Dream Setting Workbook. Or you can fill out the form below to send me your notes. 

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Consider your dreams and goals for a moment. Really bring them to life in your mind. Then ask yourself “WHY?” 5 times in a row. That helps you to get deep quickly on what your real motivations are.

The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 2: Deconstruction

Week 2: Deconstruction

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KEY POINTS:

1. If you don’t get a clear metric outlined at the beginning of the project, you cannot track your progress to determine whether improvements are being made.

2. Therefore, Week 2 should be Deconstruction. Do a complete audit of the workplace and how everything is currently running.

3. Any way you can measure what people are doing before and after beginning the program will help you see how performance can increase in an environment with fewer distractions.

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At this point, it’s time to deconstruct what you’re currently doing and build a better plan. By deconstruction we mean taking a step back and examining what you’re currently doing. Here are examples of questions you can ask:

  • How is everyone spending their time?

  • How much is everyone working?

  • What are the current hours that everybody’s currently putting in?

  • What’s the current effectiveness?

  • How productive is the group?

  • What are the stress levels of the group?

  • What’s the health of the group?

  • What’s the performance of the group?

  • What business metrics can you track to determine if the change is effective?

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As previously mentioned, it can help to have employees track email time before and after changes are implemented so they can see the dramatic difference more focused work time can make. It can also help to look at how many files the accounting staff can tend to each day before and after.

Also measure sick days. Look at how many days employees missed for the last three years before the program was implemented and compare the data with how many days are missed for six months after. In all likelihood, you will see a significant reduction in sick days and benefit costs.

Deconstruct as much as possible within the organization to determine where you are starting. This will later help you measure the effectiveness of the program.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 3: Separate Work and Home

Week 3: Separate Work and Home

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KEY POINTS:

1. It’s important to make a clear distinction between work and home - especially for employees who work from home.

2. Simple tricks can be implemented such as setting designated work hours, blocking emails outside of work hours, and enforcing device-free time.

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This week is about creating boundaries between work and home life. Employees should understand when they are at work, they are expected to be fully at work. When they are at home, they are fully at home.

If employees are working from home, there should be a defined time they work before engaging with their families. As more employers offer work-from-home options for employees, the clear distinction between work time and downtime is even more important.

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Email policies, such as those outlined in Work Mastery, should be in place. Pick appropriate “work hours” and make sure employees do not receive or respond to emails outside of those times. Have employees set up autoresponders, or even better, have the IT department set the servers so they don’t send or receive emails during those hours. Senders can get a bounce back explaining the policy and offering a link where they can reach someone if the matter is urgent.

There should also be “device-free” times throughout the day. Expect a little bit of initial panic at this. They will say, “What if my children or my spouse or the teachers need to get hold of me?” But to soothe any concerns, provide a number, perhaps one assigned to a secretary or assistant, that friends and family can call in the event of an emergency. Feeling like you always have to check your phone contributes to feelings of exhaustion and burnout, and we’re teaching our children that this level of connectivity and anxiety is acceptable.

By introducing these simple rules to follow, employees will be fully engaged in work at work, and can enjoy their time with friends and family when they’re at home.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 4: Eat Smarter to Think Better

Week 4: Eat Smarter to Think Better

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KEY POINTS:

1. Employers must be able to give their employees the tools, tactics, and strategies they need to focus better and have more energy.

2. Working to shift the food culture of your organization will create a context that will improve the health and wellness of your employees, and enable them to be more effective and successful.

3. Simple changes include offering healthy snacks, and educating employees about the issues of simple carbohydrates and the benefits of healthy proteins and fats.

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By week 4, you should be encouraging people to deliberately begin to create new habits and routines around healthy eating. There are a few simple things the company can do:

  • The company can start providing healthy snacks and drinks and eliminating unhealthy options. It’s time to get rid of the high-calorie, low-nutrient offerings such as pop, juice, and vending machine junk. It’s time to start investing in herbal tea and healthy snacks.

  • Consider catering healthy lunches or identifying places nearby where people can go to get a healthy lunch. Look to decrease the amount of simple carbohydrates such as rice, bread, and pasta, and move people toward vegetables, fruits, and healthy protein sources.

  • We also want to get people considering using healthy fats during the day such as avocado, olive oil, coconut, and wild fish. These foods elevate omega-3 fatty acid levels and make an enormous difference in brain power over time. This is, after all, about giving people more energy. These foods will help people avoid the afternoon crash, they will be able to sustain their energy all day.

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Nutrition can be very confusing and controversial, but if you break it down, it’s pretty simple. Easy changes such as avoiding processed foods and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables can make a world of difference. Look to decrease your intake of sugar and highly processed carbs. Add proteins in the morning to help you concentrate and healthy fats to improve brain function. Keep everything as simple as possible by following a few rules, and you can dramatically improve your health and work performance.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 5: Use Circadian Rhythms to Perform Better

Week 5: Use Circadian Rhythms to Perform Better

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KEY POINTS:

1. We naturally have a circadian rhythm, an internal biological clock that regulates sleep, eating patterns, mood, hormone regulation, and everything your body does during the day.

2. Because of this internal clock, there are times when we feel more awake, have a spike in energy, or are able to concentrate better. Alternatively, there are times when we feel more sleepy or lethargic. 

3. Help employees take advantage of their circadian rhythm to optimize health and performance, and build their ultimate day.

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Humans all have circadian rhythms. We’re naturally responsive to a light-dark cycle that occurs with the sun and the moon. Every human has certain times during the day when they are going to be more alert and able to concentrate better. The peak performance window for a lot of people is typically about three to four hours during the day, and that varies for each person.

Ask people to think about when during the day they naturally and easily do their best work, and encourage them to work those hours. Remember, for some, that might mean working outside the normal nine-to-five. Some people excel in the mornings; some people are more nocturnal. As long as it does not interfere with the day-to-day function and productivity of the company, employees should be able to work when they work best.

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Working at your ideal time while devoid of distraction sets the stage for entering flow, that time and space when we have plenty of energy, we’re focused, we’re excited, we’re engaged, work is easy, and time becomes irrelevant.

Once people know when they will work, they must commit to staying on task. They should turn off:

  • All computer notifications

  • Email

  • Social media alerts

  • Phone ringers

They can close their doors, if possible, or put a sign up that says, “Deep focused. Please help me concentrate.” They can do whatever it takes to completely shut out distractions so they can focus on single tasks during their devoted work time.

Leading your team through a process of understanding their own circadian rhythm is a simple and powerful basis for helping them work more efficiently. When they understand the times that they are most productive, they can then implement systems to protect that time and optimize the value of time at work and in their personal lives. This will elevate the overall value of everything the organization does.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 6: Batch Your Email

Week 6: Batch Your Email

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KEY POINTS:

1. Email is one of the biggest culprits of distraction in the workplace.

2. Week 6 should be devoted to teaching employees email batching - allocating specific times to check emails each day.

3. By implementing email batching, you will create a culture whereby employees are focused on one task, and are no longer distracted or anxious due to the amount of emails they have to deal with.

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As was discussed in Work Mastery, the frequency with which we check email is the biggest interruption we all face at work. We feel like we must keep checking email so we stay on top of it. To deal with that, encourage employees to try email batching, which is doing emails at very specific times during the day. Instead of responding to things constantly all day long, employees can do it at very specific times. This practice allows employees to enter into a flow state and do their best work.

When encouraging employees to batch email, you must educate them on how it works. For example, if an employee starts their workday at 9:00 a.m. and they determine they need three stops during the day to do emails, maybe they work from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. on task. Then, from 9:50 a.m. until 10:10 a.m., they spend twenty minutes cleaning up your emails. When they’re done, they will not check email again until 1:30 p.m.

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Now employees understand they’re not expected to be constantly looking for emails. They can look at their email flow during the day and ask, “How often do I need to check them? How long on average does it take me to respond to them?” Then employees can build those times into their day so they are no longer dealing with them nonstop.

By giving everyone the green light to batch their emails by setting aside particular times when they manage correspondence, you help them establish a structure that will reduce anxiety and distractions that steal focus and limit effectiveness.

People think not checking emails constantly takes great discipline, but this is not the case. It just requires some systematic processes to be put in place.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 7: The Work-Rest Principle

Week 7: The Work-Rest Principle

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KEY POINTS:

1. The Work-Rest Principle is a structured approach to living and working that embeds sufficient recovery into your schedule.

2. Encourage employees to chunk their day into blocks of time that they are working at 100%, followed by a period of complete rest.

3. This will allow everyone to improve the quality of their work, even if they’re actually taking more breaks throughout the day.

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The work-rest principle is a practice whereby you alternate periods of focused intense work with periods of deliberate rest, recovery, and regeneration. An example would be Tony Schwartz’s 90-Minute Solution from The Energy Project, in which people work in ninety-minute increments followed by thirty-minute breaks. Or Robin Sharma advocates sixty-minute work blocks followed by a ten-minute break. You can create whatever timetable works best for you, but we recommend a maximum work interval should be ninety minutes or less with minimum rest period of ten minutes.

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The important thing is to incorporate regular breaks into your workday. This is likely a new concept for many people who, for most of their careers, have been cramming in as much work to as many hours as they can, day in and day out. Allowing for periods of rest within your day will move you toward a different way of working, the aforementioned Power Work. This can mean working for sixty minutes with fifteen off, working for ninety minutes with thirty off, or whatever works for you.

The key is to find a cadence that allows you to up your game, improve the quality of your work, and improve your physical and mental health. And when you take breaks, really take a break—go for a walk, get away from the office, step away from work completely.

The goal is to create a situation where employees know that they’ve got a stretch of time when they can really focus, be as undistracted as possible, be hyper-productive, but then take a break to recover and regenerate. Now, instead of operating constantly at 80 percent, people can work at 100 percent and then commit 100 percent to their thirty-minute recovery and regeneration period. The result is improved performance and better health, as breaks are key to eliminating symptoms of chronic stress and anxiety.

It is often the norm in a corporate setting for downtime to be viewed as slacking off or a lack of a work ethic. You can help to change that by assisting everyone in understanding the role that deliberate downtime plays in amplifying the productivity of work.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 8: Single Tasking

Week 8: Single Tasking

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KEY POINTS:

1. If we focus we can do more in less time, which makes better use of our energy.

2. Single-tasking is picking the most important task to work on first and performing that task as exclusively as possible until it is either complete or we are out of whatever time we allotted for the job.

3. Management can help employees by offering specific tips on how to single task.

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In Work Mastery, we touched on how inefficient multitasking is and how you can implement single tasking into your work time. Week 8 is the time to teach your employees how to do this.

Ask people to build the opportunity to single-task on the most important things they need to get done. Once they do, they will see amazing efficiencies emerge and be able to do splendid work with less effort.

You can encourage them to set timers so they are not always looking at the clock. If they work on multiple screens, suggest they cut back to one, provided it doesn’t interfere with their responsibilities.

Management must present single-tasking as something simple for people to do. They can start by identifying one hour of every single day when they can work with no distractions. If that is successful, ask them to find a second hour block. In time, the practice will become routine.

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Some tips for single-tasking include:

  • Organizing your tasks before you start the day

  • Setting aside specific times to focus solely on the high-priority activities

  • Batching emails and phone calls

  • Working off one screen

  • Turning off notifications

  • Meditating for a few minutes before starting focused time of work

  • Putting measures in place to stave off any anticipated interruptions

  • Scheduling walks or other rewards throughout the day

There are some deeply held beliefs about the value of doing many things at once. By helping your teams understand the energy and efficiency loss associated with managing several things at the same time, you can help them dramatically improve their efficiency and well-being.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 9: Priority Management

Week 9: Priority Management

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KEY POINTS:

1. In today's society, we think we need to work harder, put in more hours, and get less sleep to be successful. However, this is leading to us to become sick, die from lifestyle-related diseases, and be unhappy. 

2. Remember that more isn’t better - better is better.

3. The key is to switch (and help your employees switch) from doing time management to priority management. Time management is living by your calendar. Priority management is getting the most important things you need to do every day done.

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Achieving your dreams means knowing the difference between “important” and “urgent,” because that allows you to set the right priorities and allocate your time and resources well.

Here’s the difference:

  • Important activities have an outcome that leads to us achieving our goals, whether these are professional or personal.

  • Urgent activities demand immediate attention, and are usually associated with achieving someone else's goals. They are often the ones we concentrate on and they demand attention because the consequences of not dealing with them are immediate.

Corporations are infamous for bogging down in a range of urgent or seemingly important issues that aren’t actually adding value. By helping your teams shift from time management (living by the calendar) to priority management (doing the most important things well), you can create a wave of focus and wellness. 

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Below are the six steps you and your employees can follow to switch from time management to priority management. You can download the Priority Management Workbook that will take you through these steps.

Step 1: The Time Check

List all of your roles and responsibilities and write down how much time you spend on each one. Do you feel that you are currently spending enough time on the things that are important to you?

Step 2: Rank your Responsibilities

Rewrite your top 10 responsibilities as your priority list from most to least important.

Step 3: Define your Role

For each of the priorities, write 1 or 2 adjectives to describe your ideal self in that role/task/responsibility.

Step 4: Build your Day

Construct your ideal day. Allocate your time to the most important priorities. Do not be afraid to communicate your commitment to your priorities to the people around you and keep these decisions in mind as you go about your daily life. Encourage your employees to do the same thing.

Also be prepared to defend your dedicated on-task time. To do this, you might have to break away from the belief that you have to respond to every email, voice mail, text message, and so forth, on the same day you receive it. Some messages can go unanswered; others should be blocked entirely. Do whatever you have to do to keep such distractions from stealing your time.

Step 5: Build your Week

You can also begin to construct your ideal week. Look for blocks of time that you can dedicate to certain tasks. For example, one complete day can be dedicated to strategic planning, or mornings can be dedicated to working out.

Step 6: The 5 Tactics

Look at your ideal day and week. How does this differ from your current reality? What tactics do you need to execute to bring your life into alignment with your dreams, goals, objectives, and priorities?



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 10: Mind & Body Connection - Body

Week 10: Mind & Body Connection - Body

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KEY POINTS:

1. To make sure your brain is working at its best, you need to make sure you’re taking care of your body - and that includes being physically active.

2. This week, encourage employees to carve time into their day to exercise - even if it’s a 15-minute walk or light stretching to get their blood flowing.

3. Exercise increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, improving mental performance. It might seem like you’re taking too much time away from the task but in fact you’ll perform better and get healthier at the same time.

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“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking” - Friedrich Nietzsche

This week is about educating employees on the link between the body and the mind and how we can supercharge the brain by moving our bodies. The only way to get your brain functioning at its absolute best is by making sure you’re physically active.

You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day—although if you do, that’s great. Walking for just five minutes improves brain function. Taking the stairs or stretching does as well. We just need to sprinkle physical activity throughout the day, and if you can do that, you’re going to experience many positive benefits.

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Treat this week as a call to action to get people to understand if they add physical activity to their days, the time investment will come back to them exponentially in returns.

Encourage them to book it in their calendars and make it as important as their most important business meeting, because it is. If someone wants to schedule something with you at the same time, don’t allow it, just as you would not cancel an important meeting. And employers, don’t make employees feel guilty for taking the time to take a walk or get in a quick workout during the day. You should be encouraging such behaviour, not making people think they’ll be punished for doing it.

You might believe that sitting at your desk for hours on end gets loads of work done. We certainly live in a culture that values putting in long days at the office. This often means putting in long days on our butts. But we are learning that our productivity declines as our butt-sitting increases. Those long hours at the desk have diminishing returns. The brain functions better when the body moves.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 11: Mind & Body Connection - Mind

Week 11: Mind & Body Connection - Mind

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KEY POINTS:

1. Meditation is one of the most powerful tools to help improve attentional control, problem solving, concentration, and creativity.

2. There are also many health benefits to mindfulness, including lower levels of stress and lower blood pressure.

3. This week, encourage employees to take up a meditation practice, if they’re not already doing so. There are many apps and tools that can help them get started such as Headspace, Calm, the Muse headband, or the Breathe app on Apple Watch.

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Mindfulness can be just as important as physical activity. Even five minutes a day spent controlling your attention and allowing your mind to relax has incredible benefits. It can lower stress, anxiety, depression, and incidence of chronic disease; it can also increase focus and concentration. It is one of the most powerful things humans can do to improve mental health and performance.

Many of the leaders who are revolutionizing the business world right now practice some form of meditation. There are many resources available for those looking to introduce meditation into their daily lives. I recommend Headspace.com, Calm.com (both also available as smartphone apps), the Muse headband, or the Breathe app on Apple Watch.

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Meditation has direct benefits on both the structure and function of the brain. Just as you would lift weights to build and strengthen your muscles, you can use meditation to build and strengthen your brain. This will allow you to control and sharpen your mind, ultimately making you more creative.

Mindfulness can also be used to help deal with stress and find confidence in the most intense situations. Just taking deeper breaths for about 60 seconds is a very effective way of regulating stress because it activates the parasympathetic response in the body, which signals to the emotional centres of the brain that it’s time to calm down.

By introducing this concept to employees, you can again expect them to decrease their workday by another thirty minutes. By practicing mindfulness, their ability to control their attention for the rest of the day improves dramatically. They are distracted less and able to focus more deeply. A little bit of training results in an exponential return in terms of productivity.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

Week 12: Pursuing Dreams

Week 12: Pursuing Dreams

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KEY POINTS:

1. The last step of the 12-week program is to reap the rewards of the changes you all have implemented.

2. One of the rewards will be that employees have more time to pursue interests outside of work.

3. Encourage employees to spend time doing activities they love, and to go after what will improve their lives.

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The last step is all about consolidating gains, celebrating progress, assessing how far you’ve come, and pursuing new dreams. This is the time to revisit the initial assessment you conducted during the deconstruction phase. Ask the same questions and measure your gains. Make this process fun by planning a lunch around it, handing out awards for significant improvements, or incorporating some fun challenges and contests.

Once they see how much “extra” time they now have, employees should be encouraged to be deliberate about doing something with it. If they have gone through the program well, they should end up with three hours a day they didn’t have before. Humans are very good at replacing things. Unless they fill the time with something else, it’s likely they will simply go back to working again.

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Challenge people to find things to do that will move them forward in life. Ask them, “Can you take a course? Do you want to spend more time with your family? Will you start working out more? Maybe it’s time to begin massage therapy. Maybe you want to be out in nature.” Encourage them to do things they enjoy tremendously that also better their lives. This “life engineering” helps us figure out how we can do things differently and spend our time doing the things we absolutely love to do.

When people go after their dreams, they are energized, focused, and passionate about their work. Organizations that make it a priority to understand what people want out of their work and life create a culture that buzzes with excitement and possibility.

While company leaders can help, it can also be beneficial to have a designated accountability partner. If you work together with a colleague or coworker to implement these changes together, and you talk about it and hold each other accountable for actually doing it, the results can be amazing. Encourage employees to find someone else in the organization to check in with regularly and discuss their experiences with the changes.

Another option is creating teams. Typically, around six to eight people is the perfect team size. These people will work together to implement the principles systematically and consistently. They all do the same thing at the same time progressively throughout the program, and in doing so, the likelihood of it being successful long term is exponentially greater.



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.

A Call to Action

A Call to Action

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KEY POINTS:

1. We want to address the global issue of unhealthy attachment to distraction we are experiencing, how it’s affecting the human race, and how it’s also significantly impacting the workplace.

2. All of us have created this problem, whether passively or actively, and it’s up to all of us to fix it.

3. Using the tips and tools presented in this program, you can make a difference by changing the way you live and work - even if it’s for 15 minutes each day.

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“If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach.” - Steve Wozniak

We are moving from an industrial-based economy to a technology-based economy, and as a result, there is massive disruption that’s only going to get more intense. We are only twenty years into the internet. We are just getting started.

As a result, being married to the traditional ways of doing things is no longer feasible. We need to map out a way of working that is going to enable us to do things differently in the future and to enable workers and companies of the future to respond to the fact that many tasks are going to be automated. We need to enable people to be creative and more agile with their thinking. The only way to do that is by adopting the types of strategies we are proposing in this program.

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Although we are speaking about a new way of working, it’s really about setting the stage for the future and putting people in a position where they can respond instead of reacting. This is a critical foundation for us to consider before we move forward.

We didn’t even notice when it became okay for people to talk and text through meetings. There was no one day when it suddenly became acceptable to email employees during dinner. It just crept in. But we allowed it to creep in, and now we must deal with it.

If we do nothing, we continue to contribute to the biggest health threats to the human race today. Obesity and poor mental health statistics are staggering and continue to climb. The number of people who are sleep deprived is constantly on the rise. It is time to reclaim our health, both physically and mentally.

Start by creating an evolution in your own personal life, then apply what you’ve learned and experienced to your workplace. Educate your work colleagues, friends, and family, and encourage them to make a change in their life as well. Even if you start with just finding fifteen more minutes in a day, you are moving in the right direction. You will begin to reclaim control over your life and stop distractions from stealing your time.

Thank you for being a part of the Program!

Dr. Greg Wells



The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is not intended and should not be used in place of advice from your own physician or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you acknowledge that undertaking any new health, diet and/or exercise regime involves certain inherent risks, that you assume such risks, and that you release The Wells Group Inc. from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.