Syndicated columnist, author and Huffington Post Media Group editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington is acting as Westin’s “Work Well” expert, ushering in a new understanding of what success means at a moment when well-being is taking center stage.
Arianna is helping us advance our mission of enhancing our guests’ well-being before, during and after their stay by revealing the key to working well in the modern era. The author’s fourteenth book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder illuminates the critical role that well-being plays in achievement, highlighting how a more balanced lifestyle can lead to more meaningful and sustainable success.
One of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women and Time magazine’s most influential people, Arianna Huffington is uniquely qualified to speak to the fundamentals of working well. The award-winning journalist, author and media innovator is a vocal proponent of a more wellness-focused approach to work since experiencing the effects of burnout firsthand.
Through her role on the Westin Well-Being Council, Arianna will share her Work Well experiences and insights, helping guests, associates and fans reframe their concept of success and enrich their careers by truly living the Third Metric and prioritizing well-being.
Step Away From Your Desk
Taking a lunch break outside of the office can help increase your productivity throughout the workday. Research also suggests that taking a brief walk -- especially in green space -- can boost mental well-being and creativity.
Stressed? Get Nostalgic
If you're feeling overwhelmed at work, stop and take a moment to think about the moments you cherish most. Studies have found that nostalgia boosts optimism, increases positive feelings and reduces stress.
SILENCE YOUR INNER CRITIC
Humor helps in dealing with that constant inner critic. What also worked was sending myself a consistent and coherent alternative message. I keep repeating it to myself until I am bathed in this calm and reassuring message. So find your own message. Don’t let your constant critic filibuster your dreams.
GOAL COMPLETION BY DELETION
Countless incomplete projects can drain your energy and diffuse your attention. It is very liberating to realize one could ‘complete’ a project by simply dropping it – by eliminating it from the to-do list.
FEED YOUR INTUITION
One big source of wisdom is intuition, our inner knowing. We’ve all experienced it: our inner voice telling us to do or not to do something. We hear the message, and it feels right, even if we can’t explain why. Nurturing our intuition, and living a life in which we can make use of its wisdom, is one key way to thrive, at work and in life.
OPERATE LIKE A SPRINTER
The most effective way to operate at work is like a sprinter, working with single-minded focus for periods of no longer than 90 minutes, and then taking a break. That way when you’re working, you’re really working, and when you’re recovering, you’re truly refueling the tank.
TAKE PREDICTABLE TIME OFF (PTO)
Leslie Perlow, professor at Harvard Business School, introduced something called predictable time off (PTO), in which you take a planned night off – no email, no work, no smartphone. A study by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, and the U.S. Army found that avoiding your inbox – taking an “email vacation” – reduces stress and allows you to focus more.