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5 Gears

How to Be Present and Productive When There's Never Enough Time

By Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram
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5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There's Never Enough Time by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram

5 Gears (2015) focuses on adapting your attitude to your environment, whether that’s a physical space or just the time of day, in order to stabilize your work/life balance and get the most out of your relationships both at work and at home. While most techniques aim to fix this through time management, by understanding the principle and application of each gear, you’ll find it easier to apply yourself to each part of your day and get the best from every moment.

  • Office workers who find they can’t switch off
  • Stay-at-home parents who don’t seem to stop working
  • Those who aren’t reaching their full potential in different relationships

Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram are the co-founders of GiANT Worldwide.

Kubicek lectures on leadership and personal growth and is the best-selling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive.

Cockram is a recognized expert on personality development and applied leadership learning. He also speaks and teaches globally.

 

© Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram: 5 Gears copyright 2015, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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5 Gears

How to Be Present and Productive When There's Never Enough Time

By Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram
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5 Gears (2015) focuses on adapting your attitude to your environment, whether that’s a physical space or just the time of day, in order to stabilize your work/life balance and get the most out of your relationships both at work and at home. While most techniques aim to fix this through time management, by understanding the principle and application of each gear, you’ll find it easier to apply yourself to each part of your day and get the best from every moment.

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To avoid being disconnected from others, you need to use the right gear for each situation.

Have you ever been sat on a beautiful beach only to realize that your mind is still at the office? Well, you’re not alone. Many people find themselves not fully present but instead disconnected from the situations they’re in. Why?

Just look at the experience of one of the authors, Jeremie Kubicek, who was working so hard that he was habitually late for dinner, his head still in his office paperwork, until his wife became so exasperated that it put a strain on their marriage. How did he get to that point?

The disconnect stems from moving at different speeds to those around you. Imagine driving your car around the suburbs but traveling at freeway speeds; you’re bound to cause trouble and probably run somebody over. It’d be the same driving slowly down the freeway; you’re going to get in the way of other cars.

Now imagine that the freeway is your office, and the suburbs are your home; if you don’t match your speed to your environment, then you’re going to hurt those around you.

In short, Kubicek was driving too fast for his home!

This led him and Steve Cockram to develop the concept of 5 Gears. In cars with manual transmission, you have multiple gears; you start in first and shift up to reach faster speeds, each gear being more appropriate to certain speeds than others. If you apply this idea to yourself and learn and understand your different gears, you can match your speed to your space.

First gear is for individual recharge; second gear is for connecting deeply with friends or family; third gear is for casual socializing; fourth gear is for working and getting multiple tasks done; fifth gear is fully focusing on a single project.

As in a car, each of these gears has a good and bad application, and smooth transitions are required to reach the different speeds properly.

Over these blinks, we will look into and understand the pros and cons of each gear, as well as when to use them – or not. Let’s start with fifth gear.

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