Even the technology takes a break from technology...
While visiting Papa Lenonn's recently here in Ojai, CA I struck up a conversation with the server about the Gelato freezer. She explained to me that once a week, for a full 24-hour period, they take all the product out of the freezer, unplug it from power, and let it rest over night.
They actually move the Gelato from the case into the large freezer in the back of the kitchen, and this allows the freezer time to not work.
Looking at that, think about this: at what time of the day, and what day of the week, do you have carved out in the not-to-distant future to not work?
My friend Christine Louise Hohlbaum (ok, more of a colleague as we've only collaborated on some writing - she interviewed me for her book, and I read her blog regularly) writes about slowing down. Here's one of her recent articles, timely, as it's Friday! Whenever I read some of Christine's stuff, I remember to take a break.
While writing down ideas for an upcoming (short) presentation, this diagram appeared in my notebook...
Realizing how easy it is (for some of us) to stay "busy," in the action of it all, it my be worth it to allocate even a few minutes a day (up to an hour or so per week?) in any/all of those other three areas.
Read this post, once a morning, for the next 5 work days...see if it changes even one of your routines...
1. Ask yourself how important, on a scale of 1-10, you think eating breakfast is for you. Do you believe that you only need "a little something" (like I hear people say), or do you need something of significance (like I know I need for me)?
2. For the next 5 days, experiment with changing/amending your approach to breakfast. Do you need to wake up 15 minutes earlier? Do you need to get off at one subway stop earlier (or later)? Do you need to bring something from home with you to the office? Do you need to go to the store today after work?
3. Write a note on your calendar, 45 or 60 days in the future, to re-view your "starting-of-the-day" routines. By that time, it might be worth it to reevaluate what you're doing at the BEGINNING of the day, to make it a BETTER day.
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If you walked back (mentally or physically) to the person or people you saw in a recent meeting, would you have something to review? Did you hand something off to them, or ask them to do something that they may need some more information to complete/work on?
In a typical work-week, informal and formal "hand offs" happen. We send a quick email, leave someone a voicemail, or ask them something as we pass their desk/office on our way to lunch. Stop, look around, and see if there is something to review.
Also, next time you ask someone for something, observe how you do that.
What is a goal, a dream, or an idea you've been considering this year? You know, it's almost August...of 2010!
Last week, in Zurich, I was walking around the lake, and "happened" to come across the Zurich Triathlon. Ok, ok...I knew it was going on and wanted to walk over and cheer on the athletes.
If you "are something," "enjoy something," "believe in something," you'll start to see it all over the place. As an experiment, pick a goal you'd like to achieve this year. Take a picture of yourself in front of it, buy a book or two about it, schedule a #CoffeeChat or lunch with someone to talk about it.
2:26:09 - one minute and 9 seconds off of my goal for the day...
The past couple of months challenged my race preparation and training regimen. Racing triathlon last year to this year, I experienced some changes. I placed in 3 of the 6 races I participated in during 2009...this year, I'm completing (not competing in) my races.
So, "how was New York?" people have been asking. Well, to give a general summary, here you go!
I arrived in New York on Wednesday evening, as clients had flown me in to speak in their companies on Thursday and Friday (always nice to mix my two passions: Performance...on and off the field!). My seminars and coaching programs went great both days, I got plenty of rest each night, and as it was especially warm in NYC, I drank as much water as possible! Saturday arrived, and I walked from my hotel over to the race registration hotel, and sat through the first orientation of the morning.
"Remember your helmet..."
"Get into transition early, we close at 5:45am..."
"The Hudson was measured today at 74.5 degrees, we think it will be a wetsuit-legal race..."