Warning A High Powered Time Starved Woman Working While She Hurriedly Eats Breakfast that She Is Creating Stress Which Might Lead To Having A Heart – Footnote No. 2 in Gary Smolker’s Mentor’s Journal –


April 11, 2014

Yesterday morning (April 10, 2014) I saw a high powered woman I know in a fun restaurant.

She was working on her computer while she was hurriedly eating her breakfast.

I told her “we” have to reduce stress in our lives.

She said she agreed.

I told her: One of the ways to do that is to not work at our desk while we hurriedly eat a meal; at a minimum, don’t work on your computer while you are eating your breakfast early in the morning.

She agreed.

I then told her that I had read in Arianna Huffington’s newest book “Strive” that Volkswagen has a special policy for employees who are provided with a smartphone and aren’t part of management:  The phone is programmed to switch off work emails automatically from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. so employees can take care of themselves and their families without feeling they have to stay plugged in to work.

If I wasn’t in so much of a rush I would have told her I also read in Arianna Huffington’s newest book “Strive”:

  • FullContact, a Denver software company, gives employees a $7,500 bonus if they follow three rules: “1. You have to go on vacation, or you don’t get the money. 2. You must disconnect.  3.  You can’t work while you are on vacation.”
  • A 2012 McKinsey Global Institute study found that the average knowledge economy employee spends 28 percent of his or her time dealing with email – more than eleven hours a week.  According to Sandbox, which makes email-filtering software, it takes us sixty-seven seconds to recover from each email that lands in our in-boxes.
  • The average smart phone user checks his or her smart phone every six minutes.  That works out to 150 times a day.
  • A University of Washington study focused on a single intersection in Seattle.  The study found that one in three pedestrians was distracted while crossing the street, and in the vast majority of cases, they were distracted by either listening to music or typing or talking on a phone.  And, not surprisingly, it took those who were texting almost 20 percent longer to cross the street.  Another study found that those texting were 33 percent slower getting to a planned destination.
  • According to an Ohio State University study, in 2010 more than 1,500 pedestrians were admitted to emergency rooms as a result of accidents involving cell phones or other mobile devices.
  • In December 2013, a tourist in Melbourne fell off a pier and plunged into the sea while checking her Facebook on her phone.  She still had it in her hand when she was rescued.

If I was not so hurried, I would have also told her that Dr. David B. Agus, MD, observes in his newest book, “A Short Guide to a Long Life”:

  • The average working professional spends roughly 23 percent of the workday on e-mail and glances at the inbox about thirty-six times an hour.
  • It takes most of us more than a minute to return to a task once we’ve stopped to read a new e-mail. And that can add stress.
  • It’s practically cliche today to say that stress causes heart disease, but it’s true.  It’s no surprise that we’re most likely to suffer a heart attack on a Monday, the first day of the workweek.

My takeaway from all of the above.

  1. Don’t become disconnected from those around you or from yourself.
  2. Decide when you are going to look at your smart phone, when you are going to look at and respond to e-mail.
  3. Give yourself a digital holiday.
  4. How we deal with our smart phones, our cell phones, our computers, our phone calls and our e-mail has become a big part of our techno-stress.
  5. Don’t surrender to a life of distractions.  Stay in the moment.

Copyright ©2014 by Gary S. Smolker

About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com. I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail GSmolker@aol.com.

Posted on April 11, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to
    give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?
    Many thanks!

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