Don’t Paint the Room All at Once

August 19, 2019
Executive Coaching

Don’t you love that first swipe of the roller when you decide that today is the day you are going to paint a room in your home?You open the can, see the exciting, new color, and immediately think of what it will look like once you’ve painted the entire room. The new color will make it look like you have a brand-new room. It will be clean and sanitized. No one has ever touched your “new” walls.Then you realize that will need to tape the woodwork when you paint the trim. Also, you notice it will take at least two coats of paint.All of a sudden, this project is not as much fun. It’s going to be work. You’re now two hours into the project and you’re saying words that aren’t repeatable in this blog.There is a solution that will make you feel better. Just realize that you need frequent breaks when you do a project this big. You need to pull away from it for a while to get a cup of coffee— or maybe it’s close to Happy Hour and you need a gin and tonic. But I digress.In my book PerfectTIMING, I call this a time segment to “refresh”. It should be a part of every long project and part of every day. It makes working (and living) worthwhile.


What is it I like to do to “refresh” so that when I’ve been “diving in” on a project too long, I can pull up for air and do something different. Examples could be:

  1. Walk around the office at a quick pace to get some exercise.
  2. Go to a park bench, play some instrumental music that motivates you, and close your eyes.
  3. Phone a friend and take just a few minutes to catch up.
  4. Now, think of your own “refresh” and keep in it mind the next time you need a break.

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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