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gradually taper off to monthly or even
quarterly sessions, as goals change and
new habits become ingrained. •
Fees for life coaching vary from $50
a session to upwards of $100, depend-
ing on the credentials of the coach
and the type of services provided.
Coaching can take place individually .
or in groups, in person, by phone or
online. Most insurance plans do not
cover life coaching per se, although
this can vary if the coach is also a cer-
tifiedpsychotherapist and the client
has appropriate coverage.
Don't Fool Yourself
Improving time management and
productivity, at home and at work, is
a common goal in life coaching, and
coaches use a variety of methods to
help their clients accomplish this. One
popular tool is the Mission Control
system, a life- and time-management
program designed to increase produc-
tivity and reduce the stress caused by
today's information overload.
Jeff Kaplan, one of approximately
16 licensed Mission Control partners
worldwide, begins a two-day seminar
by having participants make a list
of "everything they have to do and
handle ranging from everyday tasks
like paying bills and driving the kids to
soccer practice, to planning an upcom-
ing bar mitzvah or family vacation.
"The first thing you have to realize
is that you're never going to get it all
done, no matter how long you live
says Kaplan, a partner in Essential
rr, an information technology and
productivity training company based
in Dearborn. "If you think otherwise,
you're fooling yourself."
Mission Control provides a struc-
ture for recording tasks, establishing
priorities and using an accomplish-
ment-based calendar to ensure timely
"What was really different about
this system was that it focused on the
psychology of getting things done, not
just the efficiency:' says Stu Silberman,
IT Manager at Ford Motor Company
in Dearborn and a Mission Control
graduate. "I definitely sleep better at
Kaplan says most people are unreal-
istic about time. "They allow an hour
for something that actually takes an
hour-and-a-half or even longer, and
then they wonder why they're always
running behind:' he says. "Our goal
is to have productivity skyrocket and
stress drop like a stone."
Bob Iwrey, owner of McNichols
Conveyor of Southfield, says, "The
more I use it, the better things go. I'm
having the best year I've had in a long
time. I couldn't imagine doing things
the way I used to."
Among the roster of Mission
Control graduates are such local
Jewish communal leaders as Rabbi E.
B. "Bunny" Freedman of the Oakland
County-based Jewish Hospice and
of the Jewish
helpful was the
idea of using a
`capture tool' to keep track of every
responsibility:' says Rabbi Freedman.
"Once something is recorded, I know
it won't get lost. My life is still far from
placid, but now I feel significantly
more in control?" •
No matter what form it takes, the,
concept of coaching is not just for ath-
letes. According to Hirsch, life coach-
ing clients are enjoying healthier rela-
tionships, improved time management
and organization, more energy and
clearer direction, and better integra-
tion between beliefs and actions.
"I always felt like I should be able to
manage these things by myself; now -
I wish I had done this sooner:' says
Kathy B. "Everyone can use a good