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Food, Health and Energy


It is still August. In the Netherlands the holidays are almost over, in Spain we can still enjoy it a bit longer. During your holidays you probably do not focus very much on your food.
But to really enjoy your holiday, it is important to have enough energy. Proper nutrition and the timing of what you eat can do wonders to make you feel alert, powerful and energetic.


But what is proper timing and proper nutrition?

There is not one single answer. Lunch in Spain is e.g. around 15h and is the most important meal of the day. Whereas in The Netherlands the main meal dinner is. What the Spaniards do well is eat 5 times a day.
And what might be good for me, might be hell for you. Even though nuts, for example, are a superfood, I should preferably skip it from my menu...

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Communication and stress – part 3

team communication

In my latest newsletter I already mentioned that I would write about the different roles different communication types have in a team. Each person has his own qualities and/or imperfections, but also differentiates in the way he takes decisions or how he deals with time management.
In a team it is also good to know the do´s and the don´ts with the different types. This influences a better communication and reduces stress.
In the table below I will highlight six topics that are important to consider when working in a team. If you take into account all characteristics, the do’s and don’ts and the topics below it will increase work dealt with in teams and reduces stress.

  Goal oriented type Creative type Continuous type Exact type
Value for the team Takes the initiative
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Communication and stress – part 2

effective communication

In the newsletter of May I referred to the four types of communication and what happens to them when under stress.
In this blog I will talk about how you can improve the communication with each type and what you should avoid.
If you follow this tips you will have an effective communication and can avoid stress.

How to reach the goal oriented type?
– Get straight to the point.
– Ask him for his goal and the result he expects
– Solution oriented discussions
– Offer help for reaching his goal

How to reach a continuous type?
– Show genuine interest in him as a person and in your relationship
– Talk slowly
– Communicate decisions and changes clearly and ahead of time

How to reach a creative type?
– Build an emotionally positive relationship
– Take him seriously...

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Communication and stress – part 1


As said in the newsletter of this month stress also has an impact on your relationship. If you feel stressed, you first of all reduce the time to see your friends and family, as you think you have no time for that. Other things seem more important. But as you know by now, it is important to keep the balance right. So keep taking time to be with friends and relatives. This will increase your level of resilience and thereby the impact stress has on your life.

You might also notice a change in how you feel about the company you are with, or they will notice the change before you do. You might feel less relaxed, more agitated and more easily irritated. Little things that normally did not bother you at all, suddenly became important...

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In or out of worklife balance

One of the main reasons of stress is that your life is not balanced. You can deal with quite a level of stress, if your life is in balance and/or if you have sufficient time and possibilities to recuperate from the stress. The domains that have influence on your stress level are as follows: Body, relations, free time, work and purposeless time.

In the figures below the one on the left means that your life is in balance and on the right it isn´t. Of course it is just an example, it can be different for everyone.
The left figure is an ideal situation, but is does not need to your perfect situation. Maybe your free time is smaller than your working time, but are you happy with it. Or maybe you are single and perfectly happy with that too.

Worklife balnce in balanceWorklife balance out balance
As said before you need to be able to deal with str...

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Planning versus doing.


In the newsletter of January I wrote about my yearPLAN and my 100 days goals.
Yes I am a great planner. And you? How are you with planning?

I can spend days in making plans for my business, my year plan, the content calendar, and filling the weekly planner by copying from my todoist. But, I have to admit, I have troubles in executing my plans, or better said keeping to my plans. Even when I think I have planned sufficiently free time to cope with unexpected things I hardly ever manage to execute my plan as planned.

Yesterday on the accountability call we have set up as part of the Freedomplan, we talked about it too. In general I advise you to have an accountability partner...

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New endings and new beginnings

The first blog of the new year is a quote on new beginnings and new endings.

Road2Energy - new beginnings

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Proverbs on reflection

Today for this blog some proverbs about reflection.
December often is a month of reflection and looking back onto the past year.
What did go well, and what did not?
What can you learn from it and how will you continue in 2016?


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(Nederlands) Ga jij terugblikken op 2015?


Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

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(Nederlands) Lichamelijke gevolgen

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

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