The Reality Of A Four Day Work Week

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceDesigned by mostly well-intended employers, the four-day work week is a catchy name and concept that has once again made the headlines.  It sounds really good to employees at first.  “Work only 4 days instead of 5 and enjoy a higher quality of life.” Not exactly.

Monday through Thursday employees are required to work 2 additional hours per shift. By the time they get to Friday, they are exhausted.

Many employers have found that extended shifts increased employee fatigue- which led to an increase in workplace accidents and inferior performance.   And since most employees with children usually end up going in an hour earlier and staying an hour later, they actually end up missing more prime family time before and after school with their kids.

The key is to find an employer who gets it.  One who understands that a blanket work schedule policy will not work for everyone.   Find an employer who will appreciate your ability to get the job done and meet all of your deadlines on your schedule by allowing you to “get up and go” when all the Hallmark moments in life are happening.

And sometimes you need to stop and ask yourself why you are working so hard.  If it’s just to maintain a lifestyle that’s above your means, you’re chasing your tail. Try living in a smaller house or driving an older car; you’d be surprised how much money you’ll save.   And you’d be surprised how little the year of your car and or the size of your house actually has to do with your over-all happiness in the long run.   There’s nothing wrong with wanting and earning and enjoying nice things, but you have to be financially practical.

And if you think your kids want your money when you die, you’re wrong.  They want your time and company while you’re alive.  They want the memories to cherish when you do pass on.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate LIfe Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceWorking for a VIP (Very Inspiring Person) who prioritizes health and wellness for his or her team and surrounding yourself with the right co-workers when you’re on site will actually have a greater impact on your work-life balance than simply working longer hours for one less day each week.

The key is to be more pragmatic, focused, and productive.  Become a logistics ninja and make the most of your 24 hours.  In the Northeast, you can save up to 8 hours per week just by avoiding rush hour traffic and working from home 3 days a week.

If you eat well and sleep well, you’ll have the energy you’ll need to fire on all cylinders and be more efficient.

VDPs (Very Draining People) easily spend up to 8 hours per week during work on social media, playing fantasy football, or texting their cubicle neighbors about non-work related drama when they are supposed to be working. If you can remove yourself from the influences of these energy vampires, you’ll find yourself getting a lot more work done in less time when you do have to be at the office.  This will lead you one step closer to being work-life “fit.”

I think Lonnie Golden, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, has the right idea.  He advocates adopting a “Goldilocks” work week: “one that is not too long, not too short and that satisfies the employer’s interest in productivity and the employee’s interest in attaining good health and well-being.”

Marcello Pedalino, MMP Entertainment, How To Be a Standout Wedding Guest, Celebrate Life Book, CelebrateLifeBook.com

 

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Celebrate Life, The Book, Marcello Pedalino, Mark Pedalino, How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deservewcbs promo for VIM fullMarcello Pedalino is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle consultant, and fitness coach. He is the author of the new inspirational book, “Celebrate Life: How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deserve.” As a lifestyle consultant and fitness coach, Pedalino advises individuals, groups, and organizations on how to enhance their current health, style, and overall wellness status.  Marcello’s health and wellness articles have been published by several prominent online publications and he’s often chosen to speak at conferences where the topic of work-life balance and energy management are a priority.

 

San Fran to Houston: The Celebrate Life Book Tour visits The Price of Business Radio Show

Author of Celebrate Life and serial entrepreneur Marcello Pedalino was the featured guest on Houston’s Price of Business radio show with Kevin Price. Marcello chatted with guest host Chris Kelso about the new book, why your circle of influence is so important, and why trophies should never be given out for participation.  🙂

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NYC to San Fran: The Celebrate Life Book Tour visits Erica Sandberg & Adventures With Money

Coast to Coast!  The Celebrate Life book tour left New York and headed out to San Francisco this week.  It was a pleasure to chat with personal finance expert, Erica Sandberg, on her show –Adventures With Money.

We riffed about:

1) 3:01- How to Celebrate Life while you are financially broken…
2) 7:45- Why Marcello wrote the book…
3) 8:40- How to live your best life and simplify your financial situation…
4) 10:15- How travel can change your perspective…
5) 12:03- What you can do to feel good about yourself…
6) 13:15- Being kind & the Kindness for Christopher movement…
7) 16:25- The fine line between being selfless and selfish…

It was a pleasure getting to know you Erica! It was awesome to find out how much we had in common.

Wishing you continued health, happiness, and success!

Cheers,

Marcello Pedalino, MMP Entertainment, How To Be a Standout Wedding Guest, Celebrate Life Book, CelebrateLifeBook.com

The Fairytale Philosophy for Healthy Wedding Planning: How To Manage Your Energy Before, During, and Happily Ever After

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.comYou’ve probably seen the movies that make fun of wedding planners for being too over the top.  You’ve most likely watched t.v. shows about Bridezillas who have lost touch with reality.  And there’s a good chance that you’ve read a few articles that said you can easily reduce stress if you just follow “10 steps” while planning your wedding reception.

While most of the aforementioned are well-intended, the majority miss the big picture of successful wedding planning and fail to acknowledge the long-term wellness benefits of prioritizing  and being disciplined during this incredible experience.

Energy and expectation management along with work and life integration extends far beyond just the days leading up to the wedding, the wedding reception itself, and the honeymoon as individual occurrences.  Consider the following guidance if you are interested in achieving fulfillment on a consistent basis… not just for a single chapter of your life. 

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 2Take Care of Yourself:   If you can’t take of yourself, you can’t take care of your partner and the people who depend on you.    Imagine meticulously planning the “perfect” wedding reception only to show up at the altar that day sleep-deprived, stressed-out, and saying to yourself, “I just want this to be over so I can relax.”  Unfortunately,  as a professional in the live events and entertainment production industry for twenty five years,  I’ve heard this verbatim from brides more often than you’d think.

Can it be avoided? Yes. 

How?  Make sleep, nutrition, and daily exercise a priority.  Do this every day during the planning process so you are firing on all cylinders on your wedding day.  You’ll be the ultimate host and be able to enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime occasion as much as your guests.  Bonus- you’ll look and feel fabulous on your honeymoon!   And when you come back, continue with your active and healthy lifestyle.  It makes no sense to spend upwards of a year to get in the best shape of your life for one day and then let yourself go for the next 60 years.   By all means, enjoy the deliciousness of your dream wedding and a fairytale  honeymoon, but be careful not to over-indulge.  This slippery and habit-forming slope can easily carry over to the months and years that follow if a commitment to wellness isn’t made part of your daily routine.  Don’t be that recent newlywed who just waits for the next January 1st to arrive on the calendar each year so they can say, “I’m finally going to get back into shape again.”  The “honeymoon phase” is a misnomer.  The rest of your life can feel like a honeymoon if you are with the right person, travel whenever possible, do fun things, live in the present, and continue to support each other’s dreams. 

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 3Delegate or Suffocate:  The months leading up to the wedding will set the tone for the rest of your life.  I get it… you have a type- A personality like me and you think that regardless of whatever anybody else says, you can do everything yourself.  Well, in some cases, this is true. And good for you for being so independent, hardworking and reliable.  However, when it comes to the wedding day, if you try to do more than you should, your partner and guests will suffer.  

You’ll be the one sweating profusely as the guests are seated for the ceremony because you are trying to adjust a broken centerpiece inside the ballroom that was accidentally knocked over by the service staff.  You’ll be the one missing the arrival of your friends who flew across the country to see you because you are re-cueing up music that won’t play on your iPad even though you tested it twice the day before.  You’ll be that awkward bride fumbling with your macbook  because the montage you made to play while you danced with your dad isn’t playing on the venue’s screen even though they assured you “we’ll take care of it.”  Instead, to significantly reduce the chances of things going wrong and increase the chances that your event can be “The Best Wedding Reception… Ever,” invest in a Wedding Entertainment Director, a highly referred Wedding Planner, or a prominent “day of” coordinator as your budget permits.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 4These professionals will enable you to put your signature on every detail while still allowing  you to be in the moment when it counts.  They’ll help you anticipate things that you didn’t even know could be an issue and proactively execute solutions.   The really good ones do all of this without you even realizing it.  The really-really good ones not only have a huge impact on the over-all success of your milestone event, they help you maintain a desirable quality of life leading up to it as well because they save you precious time and energy.

Granted, there are some wedding preparations you can do as a solo project or together as a date night activity that are fun and can save you money, but there are a lot things that should be delegated so you don’t carry any unnecessary regrets of irreplaceable quality time with loved ones.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 5As you plan your wedding and go through the rest of your life, you’ll start appreciating that always taking care of yourself and delegating when possible are paramount if you want to experience the best that life has to offer.   Whether it’s inclement weather on your wedding day, a personal crisis, a family illness, or a career snafu-  unforeseen issues are going to pop up whether you like them or not.  Because that’s how the universe works sometimes.  However, if you are in the best shape possible- mentally, physically, and spiritually , you’ll be able to handle anything that comes your way.  And if you put your ego aside and enlist the help of others , you can star in your own fairytale story and write your own happy ending.

Cheers!

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

 

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Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Planning, CelebrateLifeBook.comMarcello Pedalino is the Executive Director of MMP Entertainment & Event Production and author of the new inspirational book, “Celebrate Life: How to Live it Up, Discover Fulfillment, and Experience the Joy You Deserve.” (www.CelebrateLifeBook.com)

A three-time national DJ Entertainer of the Year, Marcello and his company help clients have the time of their lives at Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, and countless other milestone occasions.

 

It’s Summer Wedding Season: How to Be a Standout Guest

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Like Book, Summer Weddings, How To Be A Standout Guest, MMP EntertainmentIf you are dating, recently married, or a great friend in general, there’s a good chance that you’ll be invited to someone’s wedding reception in the near future. As a professional in the live events and entertainment production industry for twenty five years, I’ve seen just about everything you could imagine that would land a guest on Youtube for all the wrong reasons. Therefore, I am here to share with you the 9 Golden Rules of Wedding Guest Etiquette.

No matter what anyone says, etiquette is a learned art. In other words, simply putting cash in an envelope and showing up with a smile won’t cut it if you want to be a memorable guest. (Although that’s a very good start!) Follow this advice if you want to be a classy, chivalrous, and gracious guest the next time you’re invited to a milestone event. Before you know it, people will start talking and you’ll be known as the guest everyone can count on!

1) Be classy: Regardless of who paid for the reception, acknowledge both sets of parents or living patriarchs upon arrival and then again at the conclusion of the event.

2) Be punctual: In addition to RSVPing in a timely manner, arrive to the ceremony when asked to be there. Don’t be the guest  fumbling down the aisle searching for a seat seconds before the bride makes her entrance.  Unfortunately, “fashionably late” isn’t fashionable at all in this case.  As an early arrival you can also help set a positive tone and festive vibe for the rest of the reception. It’s also a great opportunity to take care of Tip #1!

3) Be quiet: Believe it or not, there are still times when a fairytale ceremony or the perfect reception toast is interrupted by a clueless guest who didn’t set their phone to vibrate or took too long to stop chatting it up at their table. Everyone notices (and shoots dagger eyes at) that person. To avoid those angry looks, simply turn it off.  If you absolutely need 24/7 access to your phone— utilize texting on mute, sit in the back of the pack during the ceremony, and/or quietly excuse yourself from the reception if you have to take a call.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life Book, Summer Weddings, How To Be A Standout Guest - MMP Entertainment4) Be proactive: If you are uncertain about the dress code, not sure if the menu will accommodate your food sensitivity, or wondering if you have been granted “plus 1” guest status, don’t unnecessarily distract the bride and groom the day of to see if you guessed correctly.

 5) Be helpful: Depending on the ceremony and reception location, there might be an Event Planner, Wedding Entertainment Director, or Maitre d’ on site to take care of all the little things.   However, making sure that grandma has a good seat for everything or that a little piece of trash gets picked up from the ceremony runner- is a nice way to lend a helping hand when needed.   **Note: This day is not about you. Don’t worry about getting credit for your good deeds.

6) Be present: When the dancing begins, help get the party started by putting your phone away and warming up the dance floor. You’d be surprised how many people will join in! Everyone is waiting for that one person to break the ice. You don’t need to have the moves like Jagger or a lot of Travolta swagger either… just put down the phone and live in the moment. There will be plenty of time to use that obnoxious selfie stick, update your Facebook status, and get in the way of the photographer later on.

7) Be considerate: Speaking of which… seriously, don’t ever get in the way of the photographer.

8) Be selfless: If you need to leave early, regardless of the reason, just leave.  No big announcement is necessary… especially when the guests of honor are trying to enjoy the final portion of their once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

9) Be responsible: The high school and college nonsense is over. No one wants to see a sloppy drunk on the dance floor. (Or anywhere for that matter) Despite how Wedding Crashers may have glorified sophomoric behavior, being the cool guest isn’t about getting hammered, initiating cringe-worthy situations, or making sure you hookup with the hottest guy /girl you see.

The reality is, an invitation by a friend or family member to be a guest at their wedding is an honor.  Have a blast and party on, but use common sense and remember to do your part to help make this one of the most fabulous days of their lives. Follow these Golden Rules and you can have the best of both worlds.

Cheers,

Marcello Pedalino, MMP Entertainment, How To Be a Standout Wedding Guest, Celebrate Life Book, CelebrateLifeBook.com

 

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Marcello Pedalino, Author- Celebrate Life, www.CelebrateLIfe.com, 3-Time Recipient of The DJ TImes DJ of The Year AwardMarcello Pedalino is the Executive Director of MMP Entertainment & Event Production and author of the new inspirational book, “Celebrate Life: How to Live it Up, Discover Fulfillment, and Experience the Joy You Deserve.” (www.CelebrateLifeBook.com) A three-time national DJ Entertainer of the Year, Marcello and his company help clients have the time of their lives at Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, and countless other milestone occasions.

 

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