Happy Spring Break! I hope you have a great week!
Here is a post from the archives that I thought you might enjoy:
I know I get caught up in “getting things done”. So much so, that I often forget how important it is to stop and take a few short minutes to write a note. I’ve added to my calendar every Monday, to “start my week off on the write note” and actually put the pen to the paper and send an old-fashioned note to someone. I’ve also tried to be more aware of little pockets of time when I can take advantage of the opportunity to write a note.
One such opportunity presented itself the other day.
I cannot remember the last time this actually happened. So instead of waking him when we arrived at the store, I let him sleep a bit longer. I turned off the car, turned off the radio and reached for my handy dandy “repurposed” day-timer and was able to get caught up on some long overdue correspondence.
Needless to say, when the Cub awoke from his nap, he was refreshed and ready to go… and believe it or not, the time spent writing the notes was a just as relaxing for me.
I encourage you to take a minute during Spring Break this week and write an old-fashioned note to someone. If you are traveling and didn’t take stationery, check with your hotel, or look for a stationery store. Let me know how it goes!
We all know that when we’re in the presence of others, we should give them our undivided attention… but do we actually follow through with that basic rule of human interaction 101? We’re at lunch with friends and we feel our phone vibrate – do we sneak a peek to see what came in: email, text message, or phone call? Or do we resist the urge and leave it until after the meal?
A fun new game might be just what some of us need, Phone Stack. After everyone has ordered, the group stacks their phones face down on the table. The first person to touch his or her phone during the meal picks up the tab for the group.
What a great game to remind us of the importance of good old-fashioned face-time… do you think you can make it through a meal without your device?
With the New Year officially upon us, many people will be heading back to the gym. One of our readers who is a ‘regular’ when it comes to working out, asked if I would post a few reminders for those of us who…um, aren’t so good with our attendance. Yes… this reminds me, I need to get up and get moving!
* Keep it Covered -
Not only is dressing appropriately important for the everyday life and the workplace, it’s equally important to be dressed suitably for the gym. ‘Too little’ cover provides ‘too much’ skin for your fellow gym patrons to feel comfortable.
* Keep it Clean
That infamous sign you see posted in various places, ‘Your mother doesn’t live here’, is what immediately comes to mind. Clean up after yourself! Who wants to work out on a piece of equipment that has pools of sweat lingering? Wipe down the equipment and make it presentable, just as you would like to find it yourself! Along with the above-mentioned sign, another childhood flashback ‘pick up your room’ comes to mind. Don’t forget to leave your equipment in a neutral setting, put the extra weights back in their proper storage area before heading to your next station.
* Keep it Quiet -
Please do yourself, and everyone in the gym, a favor: leave your cell phone in your gym bag and don’t forget to silence it. It’s very distracting to hear a ringtone going off, much less a one-way conversation, while you are focusing energy on your workout.
Photo Courtesy of: Golds Gym