Three Things to Make Life Easier

Life for me these days is a whirlwind. Finding ways to relax or make stress management easier are essential. I don’t claim to have the answers, but here are three things I’ve done recently that seem to help.

1) Stop Wearing a Watch: The tyranny of the unurgent is a lot easier to ignore when you don’t have a watch on your arm all the time. I don’t find myself any later, and in fact, have actually been more punctual since I took the watch off. More importantly, while I still feel crushed for time, it’s a little less omnipresent now.

2) Eat Better Food: I recently ran into Andrea Weckerle, an old buddy of mine who started her own natural food company, ITK (in the know). The premise of the company is much better, organic nutrition. She handed me two ITK bars, one chocolate, one regular and said try them out.

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Sure enough, I missed lunch due to a heavy schedule and had the two ITK bars readily available. And you know, I am not advocating skipping lunch for ITK, but the energy bars really seemed to hold me off a lot better than less natural versions of these (they tasted good, too).

It got me on a bit of a nutrient kick, and since I’ve been eating better, I feel a notch better. Go figure.

3) Leave the Mobile Phone: When I go into meetings or have dinner, I am increasingly leaving my mobile phone in the car. It makes a huge difference. Less distraction, more attention, better time, less stress.

The mobile is simply an Internet access device for me. So this is again, another form of turning off the tyranny of the urgent. Really, all of this, including me and my online life, is not that important.

What are your methods for reducing stress?

One Reply to “Three Things to Make Life Easier”

  1. Jeff,

    Since we graduated together you know that I’m the same age as you. My wife and I have been caught up in the gears of the corporate world for over ten years now, and I can definitely relate to your article here. We live a nice life (by definition of the status quo), but in these past years have been reassessing our lives and questioning what it’s all for. We’re starting to learn that this “American Dream” that we were told to pursue is an obvious path to self-destruction.

    So, as of late, we’ve been doing a lot of detoxing and escaping from this world. We realize that there is probably no way to completely withdrawal from society, but within reason, we can build our own sanctuary where we can thrive and find the things that make us happy.

    So, what are we doing? Here’s a quick list:

    – Take most, if not all of your diet, from things that only occur in nature, in their purest possible form
    – Cook your own food, it will give you a better appreciation for eating and the ecosystem
    – Don’t watch too much TV, especially the news
    – Don’t have children (optional)
    – Travel often: Seeing the world and other cultures is a crash course in humanity and compassion
    – Have lots of fun with someone you love
    – Laugh often
    – Limited use of the time-suckers (cell phones, playstations, Internet etc.)
    – Exercise regularly
    – Explore, remain curious and never stop learning
    – Have a close circle of great friends that understand you

    I’m sure there’s more, but this is a start!

    Sincerely,
    Marc

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