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Weighted criteria

Decision Analysis example showing a university selection

Have you had situations where it wasn’t choose between two items … do I want Subway or McDonald’s … What if you are looking for a new career or a new job within your current expertise? How would you weigh all of the variables and decide which job to take? I offer that there is a way to take all of your concerns, your wish list, and use it to decide which opportunity is best for you.

Step 1: Get out a piece of paper and write down things you want to know about your next potential position. Keep in mind that this process works well for buying a car or a house or even choosing a recipe for Easter Sunday. For now we are talking about evaluating a new job and how to make them apples to apples when there are a lot of variables that complicate the decision.

Step 2: Figure out if any of the items on your list are MUST HAVES. Make these clear on your list that if, for example, the office is more than a 30 minute commute that these further than desired job opportunities will be excluded for making it to the final round. A quick note that things like relocation and lengthy commutes should be thought through seriously. If your dream job were to show up in another city or really far across the area where you live, you should think hard about it before crossing it off the list.

Step 3: Take your list of job evaluating criteria and rank them from most important to least on a new piece of paper. Make enough columns so that the jobs you are deciding between have a box in front of each item. Rank each position on a scale of 0 to 10 for each item with 10 being ideal. To do this you need to decide what a 10 is for each category. Be honest with yourself and don’t worry about the total numbers, just be consistent as you look at each position and the criteria you’ve established.

Step 4: Total up the column and see how the different jobs compare. This simple example has each item ranked from 1 to 10. Ensure that if any of your items are more important to your decision, that they receive a heavier weighting. Perhaps the length of your commute may be ranked from 0 to 50 instead of 0 to 10. Another way to do this is to rank each item 0 to 10 then weight each criteria. It works the same way in the end, but may be easier to adjust if you build this into a spreadsheet.

Step 5: Take the top 2 or 3 rated jobs and put them side-by-side and see how they feel. Let you intuition take these items, see where you ranked them differently on paper and you’ll know which position to take.

As always, please send any questions to me and I will do what I can to help.

Mark

 

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Mobile Interview with Jeff Sanders.

Thank you, Jeff for being the first mobile interview for what has become the “Mobile” Vegan Podcast!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

http://jeffsanders.com/how-productive-could-you-be/

http://47strategies.com

You have to get 47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

I will post my progress over the next few months as I try to improve my performance by becoming more productive the Jeff Sanders way!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Training in Phases

Cleveland Marathon

Training in Phases

Increased Load

Similar to training for your first 5K race, many marathoner trainers simply increase their load over time so that they reach a maximum distance in time for their race. By running several times during the week and having one ‘long’ run on the weekend, you see your long run distance slowly approach marathon distance.

3-Week Phases

Other thoughts include taking two steps forward and one step back where your mileage increases two weeks in a row, then steps back slightly on the third week. This works well at the beginning, when gains in duration and distance are at their maximum. However, this approach can be tedious over the many months of marathon preparation AND it does not provide large enough improvements in pace for me.

Speed Training

Improving your performance with speed training involves testing your limits. In order to go fast, you have to … go faster. It isn’t quite that simple, I agree. To run a faster marathon, you must run a faster half marathon. To run the faster half marathon, you must run a faster 10K. A faster 10K requires a faster 5K, 2 miler, 1 miler or lap around your high school track. You have to go to the shortest distance necessary to see improvements. Do these shorter, faster, intervals with appropriate breaks between and you will be on your way to that faster Boston Marathon Qualifier. Run, Forrest, Run.

Creating More Time

Blerk

Set your alarm, get up early, do good things

Habits – Making the most of the time that you have.

You are convinced that there is a lot of productive time left on the table each day. It seems like you just work, go to bed and repeat. What happens to those few elusive hours surrounding the work and sleep each day? It will require some tracking, a little analysis, to really figure things out.

This won’t take long. Get a note card or a small notebook and keep it with you. For one week (so you cover all the days and their different structures. Identify each element of your day that seems to be a time-waster or unproductive. WRITE IT DOWN. For example, “2o minutes have Facebook chat with my buddy” OR “30 minutes catching up on ____ (Facebook, Twitter, news websites, etc.”

Do this for a week. Be honest, if you watch four episodes of your favorite show with the family, great, but right it down. Most successful people watch an hour or less of television each day and focus their social media time. Identify your 3-hour-per-day TV habit or your propensity to chat on the phone for an innocent 30 minutes several times each day and you are on your way to a more productive self.

Turn that Frown Upside-Down

So you’ve made THE LIST of your time transgressions and can’t even set it down for fear that someone will read it and judge you. Let’s take that list and invert it. Take each poor habit and transition it into the opposite: For example: “Watched more than 2 hours of TV every day” BECOMES “Watch less than 90 minutes of TV each day”. Take each habit and describe what you think is a healthier version of that habit. Do it for everything.

 

The goal is not to change everything overnight. What you should strive for is performing one of these new, RICH, habits and celebrating your success. Make a note of your successes. Each positive habit served during your day or week will allow other desired activities into your schedule. Perhaps the garden you always wanted to plant, reading some inspirational material or a more regular exercise regimen. You get the idea?

Get out there and try it. Keep score for a week and create healthier versions of those habit as daily time-saving goals.

Good luck!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Face it, we get pigeon-holed in life.

If we are tall, we must play basketball. If we are tall as a basketball player, we would be placed near the basket to block shots on defense. If you are good at something at work, you will find that you are asked to repeat this activity as long as your efficiency allows. Diversity, being well-rounded, can improve the performance of the tall basketball player. Diversity can improve perspective on why the functions you perform repetitively at work are important and how they impact others on the team.

The grass isn’t greener in positions other than the one you are playing. Experiencing diversity means being exposed to the many facets of the team so that you understand how your typical role plays best within the organization.

Try to be exposed to as many perspectives in life as you can. The diversity will make you stronger.

SAVERS – A great way to start your day.

Silence Appreciation Visualization Exercise Reading Scribing

 

Diversity on the freeway. So many individuals riding in the cars alone wishing they were home or at the gym or anywhere but stuck in traffic. I wish we could build a train that allowed the drivers to ride together and chat instead of being glued to the steering wheel. That would be cool.

 Keep learning and keep trying to improve.

Wow, did I seriously celebrate the amount of time I have on the freeway because I am enjoying recording the podcast?! Very full of diversity, my personality is…

Make the most of what you’ve got.

Have fun, be thankful, be in a state of appreciation. I have a car…with air conditioning…a job – we all have problems.  Be nice to other people, be friendly. Play nice together on the freeway.

Last night’s speed workout was a direct result of stress and not running in the morning. I got beyond my typical way to get out of running / taking a day off by jumping on the track 50 yards from basketball practice.

My running workouts have been trying to experience diversity.
My track workout:

Warmup jog 1 mile.
Run hard 100m
Walk 100m
REPEAT for a total of 12 intervals. (1.5 miles)

I don’t remember how to run fast AND I am sore the day after.

My dad’s accident and how he started running. It was a motorcycle accident where he was very lucky. It was not his fault. Through his brain trauma and rehabilitation, he started using a treadmill to walk and sometimes jog. I used to email him about my running all the time and he ultimately started jogging during his walks. A little diversity goes a long way.

Cleveland Marathon together in 2006. Be thankful for the gifts you are given. An attitude of gratitude. Here is a picture from the Lost Dutchman Marathon in 2008.

Mark Phipps - the miner - Larry Phipps

Don’t sell yourself short, do something for yourself that you can repeat every day, then build upon it.

Work on happy.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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It is critical to be focused.

Intensity can add to your effectiveness. I believe you have to achieve focus and intensity in the right order to have an effective work session.

Focus and Intensity Ready to Pour

Intensity Ready to Pour

I can be intense for a variety of reasons.

Some days the coffee is a little too strong or I have a crazy morning workout and I feel energized and pumped up for the day ahead. Emotional anticipation of the results you expect can drive your intensity up as well.

Be careful with intensity.

Imagine accelerating quickly in a car without holding the steering wheel. Zero to sixty in the wrong direction!?!

You need control of direction, focus, to point your efforts in the right direction.

It reminds me of my first open water triathlon. An open water triathlon means that your swimming is not done in a pool with lanes lines, but out in a lake or bay of open water. I learned that without proper focus, my 750 meter swim easily became 1,200 meters from zigzagging around the 750 meter loop. It wasn’t the end of the world but I expended much more energy than I needed for a loop that many other swimmers followed closely and were out of the lake long before I was. I used the experience to practice sight swimming. When sight swimming, you look up periodically during a part of your effort to ensure you are going in the right direction. This allows for small course corrections more frequently and maintaining positive momentum instead of straying far off course before realigning with your goal. Your efforts in business and life should focus on the important task and then allow your intense effort to take you quickly to your goal. Stay tuned for more focus and coffee-fueled blog posts.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Running! Jeff Sanders of jeffsanders.com and host of the 5AM Miracle Podcast joins the show today. What is a vegan? And seriously, what is a raw vegan?!

Think about what you put in your body and making time to move your body.

A preview of the movie Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret and discussion about Ag Gag Laws:

Anti-Whistleblower Bills Hide Factory-Farming Abuses from the Public

We talked about how Jeff’s dog, Benny, motivated him to start putting better food in his body. Find your motivation and join the journey towards a happier and healthier life.

Apology for the audio issues at the beginning…

Be healthy and happy! 🙂

Enjoy the episode!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Think of things like Die Empty and Leaders Eat Last.

What are you tolerating in your life? Things you have left undone or things you want to fix? Listen in and leave your excuses at the door.

Mark

MVP #001 – Tracking Health and Nutrition – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Podcast

Mark discusses methods of tracking health and nutrition. The impact of tracking on productively seeking your goals will assist you on your path towards happiness!

Mark
Phipps from http://mochavegan.com shares lifestyle and performance strategies using
fitness, nutrition and productivity as the keystones in the path towards health
and happiness. The name mocha vegan originates from Mark’s love for coffee,
chocolate and whole foods. The Mocha Vegan Podcast brings clear time-saving
steps to approaching a happier existence.

Resources mentioned:

Sid Garza-Hillman’s Approaching the Natural Podcast
http://transitioningtohealth.net/podcasts/

My Fitness Pal
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

The Compound Effect
http://thecompoundeffect.com/

TapouT XT
http://www.tapoutxt.com/

Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast
http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/category/podcast/