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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Frazzled, Starving and Exhausted!

And you just grabbed your luggage off the baggage carousel and are trying to figure out where you need to go to pick up your rental car.  It’s only 8 o’clock and you have a meeting at 9, and the drive is at least 30 minutes if the traffic is good!  That’s a big IF with LA traffic…especially with the nightmarish seemingly endless construction on the 405.

This is the story for many harried business travelers (aka road warriors).  The pressure and demands are almost endless in today’s connected world where coworkers and bosses can reach you at almost any hour via that oh so convenient smartphone that dings every time you get an email, text, tweet or other form of “I am always accessible and will answer instantly” communication.  

DeFrazzling Tip #1...set boundaries and put your damn phone in airplane mode for at least 1 hour each day. 

Mine is in airplane mode right now, with wifi off.  Hey, unless you know you have someone breaking down your door for a $1 million dollar life changing deal that expires in 5 minutes, chances are you aren’t going to be missing much in that hour.  And btw, if you’re getting those kind of emails in your inbox and actually responding…you have some other more pressing issues to resolve.  Just sayin…

I don’t know about you, but it’s actually really nice to be on an airplane where people can’t be making and receiving calls in a cramped uncomfortable space.  My request…please airlines don’t allow passengers to use their cellphones in flight!  Would you want to get stuck having to listen to some loud obnoxious person yick yacking on their phone about nonsense for several hours with no way to get away from them.  I think not!

Is This You?
Defrazzling Tip #2…turn off the notification noise for email on your computer and mobile device(s). 

This was the best thing I ever did…major stress reducer…and reduces the pavlovian response to ever ping, ding, and brrrrinnggg you hear.  You know what I’m talking about…with every noise you hear you’re reaching for your device because it might be that million dollar email that expires in 3 seconds if you don’t check it now!

It’s sad we need to say devices…but hey we can’t have only one mobile device...we need a palm full of them.  I know, bad joke…which anyone under 30 won’t get.

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Defrazzling Tip #3…do 1 thing at a time because more is stressful…and dangerous
There is a very small percentage of people who can actually multi-task at all…and even they won’t be as effective as they would be doing one thing at a time.  You know how it is…driving down the freeway with your knee while talking on the phone, sending a text and eating.  YES I’VE DONE IT AND YOU PROBABLY HAVE TOO.  It really is stressful, especially in crappy traffic.  Ever notice how much better others seem to drive when you aren’t trying to do 10 things while driving

Doing the above will help you look and feel better because when you say yes to high stress your body always says no to fat loss

I’m going to post about starvation next….you are starving and you just don’t know it!

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