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Episode 44- Juliet Funt on Reclaiming White Space at Work

August 9, 2018 • Business Leaders
Juliet Funt

An overflowing email inbox. Pointless meetings. An endless to-do list. Does this describe your life at work? It’s time to shift your mindset from busyness to thoughtfulness by embracing whitespace. Juliet Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. On this episode, she talks about the big difference between activity and productivity, the four thieves of productivity, and the huge cost of our culture of busyness at work.

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Show Notes

  • Get 20% off the WhiteSpace Digital Learning System by using the code MFGCP (offer expires December 31, 2018).
  • What is whitespace? Whitespace in corporate culture is a strategic pause taken between activities. (1:40)
  • Shifting the mindset inside of organizational cultures to embrace whitespace (2:42)
  • Understanding the cost of overload and busy work (5:10)
  • The four thieves of productivity: drive (overdrive), excellence (perfectionism), information (information overload), activity (frenzied) (8:25)
  • Turning the perfectionism switch off/on (11:13)
  • The difference between whitespace and meditation / mindfulness (16:29)
  • Two sides of whitespace: recuperative and constructive whitespace (17:14)
  • How whitespace correlates with energy management (19:43)
  • Implementing whitespace inside of an organization’s culture (22:01)
  • These are the things you control that you should focus on to create more whitespace: email, cell phone, to-do list, impulses, communications, boundaries (25:47)
  • The 50-50 rule: half of everything that bugs you at work is 50% your fault until you’ve asked for what you want (27:45)
  • Advice for how not to lose your time to unproductive meetings (28:43)
  • “Shouldn’t be here” (SBH): building awareness about what meetings you should / shouldn’t be part of (31:29)
  • Three ideas to get your company to care about whitespace (34:05)
  • Get free access to your team’s WhiteSpace digital course (39:16)

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