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August 19, 2009


Camille Macchio

Great suggestions, Scott.

I may not go out for lunch, but I do shut down my computer and read a few chapters in a fun novel for 45 minutes (no business books during this time.) My creativity and ability to work out solutions is much sharper after removing myself even for 45 minutes.

Bill Catlette

Well done as usual, Scott.

This is a bit counter-intuitive, but, even though travel can be stressful, I've found that an hour or 2 staring out an airplane window at 39,000' can do a wonderful job of clearing the head.

Recently I've capitalized on cheap airfares & hotel rooms by giving myself an overnite in NYC, taking in a lecture at Hudson Union Society or 92nd Street Y, and a quiet dinner before heading home the next day. It's good for me and good to let the mice play, 'er grow while the cat's away.

Bill Catlette,
co-author, Contented Cows

Wally Bock

Great post, Scott. A variation on "go out to lunch" is "go for a walk at lunch." And when I ran service centers, years ago, we found that giving our reps an hour of uninterrupted time to catch up (on phones, order processing, credit checks – there was no email then) helped keep the bad stress under control.

Dan McCarthy

Scott -
Thanks, great ideas! The lab rat comparison really drives home the point.
I'm going to start #2 & #4 next week.

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