Pay Attention to Avoid the Mess of Memory Slippages

4678110_f260On the Go? Be vigilant about distractions and memory slippages when you go to the gym or other places where you need to change clothes.

At home, you have probably got it down to a science: the last possible second you can roll out of bed, run through your morning rituals and be out the door. Everything is where you need and expect it to be, even when you’re bleary-eyed and half asleep: favorite conditioner in the shower stall, toothbrush next to the sink, vitamins on the kitchen counter, keys by the door. But what happens when your intimate hygiene routines take place outside of your home?

It’s going to be a busy day, but Natalie pushes to get to the gym at 6 am for her Zumba class. Afterwards, she’s a sweaty mess but elated that she got in her workout. She rushes toward the locker room, her mind racing, “Shower…conference call…lunch meeting…” Opening the locker for her flip-flops, she smiles because she didn’t forget any clothing; last week she forgot clean underwear and was forced to wear her undies inside out. In the shower stall, Natalie hangs her watch on the hook next to her towel. She pauses, thinking, “Put the watch in your sneaker so you don’t forget it,” but she gets distracted and ignores her inner voice as the scalding water hits her skin and needs to be adjusted. After she has cleansed, she feels refreshed, but pressured to throw on her clothes and get going. Later that morning, she glances at her wrist—but it’s empty. “Oh, no!” She can see herself holding the watch, telling herself what to do to avoid forgetting it—but not following through because of her distraction. She skipped a step in her routine and overrode the caution of her inner voice. She left the costly watch in the stall—and it was stolen.

How many times has a variation in your routine or a sudden distraction caused you to forget or lose something? Maybe you agree to house-sit for a friend for a couple of days, or your boss arranges an off-site training session and suddenly you’re trying to carry your life or office around with you. “Wait, where did I put my…?” Sometimes you catch yourself, refocus, and avert loss; but often, you’re not so lucky. Other times, the problem is failing to expect the unexpected. Perhaps the weather turns ugly during a visit to your family so you have to spend the night there, or you show up for a routine medical appointment and get sent on to another facility for a night’s worth of monitoring. How do you plan ahead for your needs and keep track of your possessions in a public or unfamiliar environment?
With today’s constant pressure to do more and be everywhere, you’re vulnerable to the kind of distractions and memory slippages that occur when your routine is broken. What can you do to reduce or avoid them? Here are some tips:

1. Become aware: test yourself by trying to visualize each step in your morning and bedtime routines. On a day when you are not rushed, go through the sequence and see if you missed anything. Perhaps you want to make a laminated checklist card to hang on your workout bag, or a note stored on your cell phone.
2. Note the little things that you take for granted at home: health and beauty supplies; hygiene items; accessories like belts and jewelry; charging cords for shavers, etc. What will you need in other situations? Some things may be optional, like using a hair dryer, but others, like medications, are not.
3. Think ahead: when you know you will be getting dressed or staying over somewhere else, try to picture going through your routines there. Visualize an outfit from top-to-bottom and inner layer-to-outwear to prevent those missing unmentionables or socks. Get in the habit of asking yourself, “If I got delayed or stuck, what would be good to have with me?”
4. Redundancy is your friend! If the situation allows, have an extra emergency hygiene kit packed for your car or office. Many drugstores sell small travel kits with deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. Keep an extra bag of older workout gear in your car just to use in a pinch, or a neutral outfit for work in case of some kind of wardrobe malfunction. See if your health insurance and pharmacy will give you a vacation override to have an extra few days worth of your medications.
5. When a system works, stick to it! Do the same thing every time. Natalie started her shower before securing her stuff as usual, and it cost her dearly.
a.For instance, frequent business travelers are very picky about their luggage and accessory kits: a place for everything and everything in its place. They restock for the next trip as soon as they get home.
b. Fold-out, hanging accessory bags with clear pockets can help you see if you have forgotten something; you can use a label maker to designate each space.
c. If you wear eyeglasses, request an extra eyeglass case from the optometrist for when you shower at the gym or sleep on somebody’s couch.
d. Friends and internet resources can lead you to tricks and merchandise to solve travel-related problems.

Listen to your inner voice. Those warnings in your head telling you to be careful, to slow down, and to focus your attention on the task at hand are important. Don’t let your incessant cell phone, demanding boss, or needy family drown out the one person who should be looking out for you: you.

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New Study about Stress in Our Lives

If you want some insights about the impact of stress today, read this:

Besides major problems involving health or death of a loved one, many people feel overwhelmed with too many responsibilities and problems at work. What about you? After you read this article, take a few minutes to think about these results and then, think about your work/life stress.  Too much stress results in poor performance and a variety of health problems. If you have stress, are you using strategies to reduce it? You might ask questions such as:

To what degree is stress negatively impacting my work/life? How can I better manage stress? Are there strategies and resources that I could use, but avoid?overwhelm

Work/life stress is more prevalent than ever and it’s not going to go away. Now’s the time to identify a few strategies that can be used to decrease the stress you are experiencing. Here are a few tried and true strategies:

1. Get more sleep. The more fatigued you are, the more vulnerable you are to stress. The more rested you are, the more energy you have to ward off  or deal with everyday stressful events.

2. Take frequent, but brief breaks. This is especially important when tasks are difficult or boring, or tensions abound. Even a short nap can restore your energy, motivation and patience.

3. Add a bit of humor to your work/life. Humor and laughter are instantly powerful stress busters. When you have a good laugh, you relax tense muscles and take deep breaths. Besides, you’ll be sharing a positive experience with another co worker or friend.

4. Take a walk. Bright sunshine and fresh air can work wonders to calm stress. If possible, access nature: enjoy the trees, birds, flowers and open space.

5. Infuse lovely colors, sounds and scents into your work/life. It is easier to relax when you are surrounded by soft colors and often, easier to perk up with vibrant colors. Feeling low, perhaps a song or lively march will interrupt those stressful feelings.

You can these are but a few suggestions to provide stress relief during these stressful and challenging times.overwhelm


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Don’t Get Distracted at the Copier

UnknownCommunal printers, copiers and scanners are commonplace in most workplaces since they offer economies of scale for employers. Unfortunately, they also present dangers to distracted employees. Tales of drunken office party pranks aside, there are plenty of horror stories about sensitive or inappropriate items left behind on the glass platen or paper catcher.

Elaine, a charge nurse at a corporate-run skilled nursing facility, got caught up in an administrative restructuring ordered by headquarters. Powerless to intervene as poor decisions began to compromise both staff morale and the quality of patient care, she finally reached her breaking point and spent one of her lunch hours typing up a scathing letter citing all of the ways in which her center had become “completely dysfunctional due to idiotic dictates” by those in positions of authority. Her intention was to get all the venom out of her system and then to rip up the printed letter in a symbolic act of purging the negative emotions from her system. However, she was interrupted by a patient crisis before she could complete her personal protest—and her supervisor found the letter. A quick and abject apology saved her job in the short term, but diminished her prospects for advancement long after the reorganization had settled into place.

Here are some tips to help you avoid this type of embarrassing situation:
• If you’re feeling frustrated or angry with a coworker or supervisor over an incident, think before you write—whether it is a letter or a possible email.
• Visualize the possible negative outcomes that might occur if you were to actually send a nasty note.
• Use a separate, bound notebook or journal to describe your feelings and thoughts. Some people just list or brainstorm random ideas, while others write long and descriptive paragraphs. Reread your notes after 24 hours.
• Mull over any lessons you’ve learned and some possible, positive ways to communicate your message or deal with the situation.
• You may want to discuss the situation with a trusted friend or resource.
• Decide if the incident is worth doing something about. If so, decide on a positive way to deal with the situation or avoid future pitfalls.
• If you are using a copier to transmit your message, do it at a time when you are alert, non distracted and relatively non emotional.

Remember: What you write, email or post today can come back to haunt you tomorrow. Pay attention at the copier and prevent unnecessary mistakes.

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Stress, Haste and Fatigue UP, Accuracy DOWN

stress15n-1-webRay is a small business owner who does most of his bookkeeping after hours from home.  In the last quarter of the year, he’s getting some phone orders. He knows he shouldn’t be posting hand-recorded charge slip amounts to the credit card company late at night when he’s exhausted, but he desperately wants to feel caught up for the week and post the payments. In fact, he’s busy arguing with his wife about the hours he’s been keeping as he taps the figures into the remote virtual terminal: “I just want to finish this up!”  However, the charge won’t go through; his screen keeps telling him that payment is “DENIED.” It’s not the first time Ray has lost money on a credit card transaction, and he is furious to be left holding the bag again. He can’t reach customer service until business hours, so he shuts down his system, grumbling all the while, and goes to bed. He wakes up angry but decides to try posting one more time before calling and giving someone a piece of his mind. In the fresh light of a new day, he discovers that he tried to collect $9500 instead of $95—no wonder the system performed an override!

productivity-working-at-homeHere are some suggestions to avoid making mistakes when working on tasks requiring accuracy:

  1. Schedule tasks requiring high accuracy when you are alert; not late, when you are tired.
  2. Schedule brief work periods for tasks that are detailed or boring.
  3. Take the extra time to check your accuracy prior to clicking send, especially if you are tired or irritated.
  4. Take frequent breaks when you are doing important legal, medical, or financial tasks.
  5. Stop multitasking when you need to complete tasks with speed and accuracy.

During the last quarter of the year, take special care to complete your business chores when you are not fatigued, distracted or highly stressed. You’ll be amazed by the amount you can accomplish in 20-minute work sessions when you are alert and focused. Ray learned his lesson:  fatigue and distraction can result in clumsy fingers and wandering eyes.  When the stakes are high, you need to bring your A-game to the process of inputting important information.  You can’t rest easy on the (information) Cloud unless you’ve made sure that the data you store there is correct.

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To Err about the Divine is Human

In 2013, popular hip hop musician Kanye West released a new album which he titled, “Yeezus.” He seemed to enjoy the ensuing media debate about whether the deliberately-chosen moniker was a religious reference, a twist on his nickname—or none of the above. The Vatican, however, had no intention of causing controversy when it recently commissioned 6000 bronze, silver and gold commemorative coins honoring Pope Francis. Imagine the embarrassment of officials there when the newly minted medals contained the name “Lesus” instead of “Jesus” imprinted in a Latin phrase on each one!

Jesus misspelled

According to the The New York Times, neither the Church nor the Italian mint managed to flag the error during the design, mold-making, production or delivery stages; it wasn’t until the medals hit retail outlets that the misspelling was discovered. Vatican officials were forced to recall most of the coins, although the few lucky collectors who snagged one will undoubtedly find a silver (or gold or bronze) lining in this clouded situation. Could it be that even in a place as exalted as Vatican City, modern life has gotten too stressful for everyone? Pope Francis is, after all, the first Pope on both Twitter and Instagram. The British newspaper The Independent agrees that Demons of Distraction may dare to tread on holy ground when they quipped that the mistake must have occurred because, “It seems the devil is indeed in the details.”

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

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Don’t be Distracted by Disappointment and Frustration

“I didn’t get accepted into the show.”

“I didn’t make the cut for the team.”

“I wasn’t picked for the promotion this year.”

You’re disappointed. You expect a “Yes” and, instead, receive a “No”. Sometimes you think you’re a shoo in, other times you raise the bar and take a risk. In either case, you fall short.

What does this all mean? Now what? You might get distracted by feelings of disappointment, frustration, or in some cases, humiliation. However, after you suffer the shock and sadness (or anger) and the sting wears off, it’s important to move past the paralysis of your negativity. You need to reframe, refresh and refocus on your goal. Decide to view the experience in a larger perspective.

Philosophically, to grow, you must take risks, stumble, learn from experience and move to a higher level. How many times do youngsters fall before they walk? A child’s physical growth and development doesn’t happen overnight. Neither does an adult’s learning curve. Regardless of the field, you need to find challenges, take appropriate risks and use the feedback to decide how, when, why and with whom to further develop.

Failure doesn’t prove that you’re not good enough. A failure is one experience, not an evaluation of your worth as a person or professional.  The learning from mistakes, blunders, failures and frustration comes as you review your past actions and attitudes in light of the current situation.

Here are some questions to address after a frustration or failure:

  • Did I know the requirements?
  • Did I have most of the prerequisite skills or experiences?
  • Did I have a friend, coach or mentor to help me prepare?
  • Did I react and respond in constructive ways?
  • What lessons can be learned from this experience?

Here are some actions to take:

  1. Give yourself a break or time to calm down and relax. Reaching a state of lowered stress and emotionality will allow you to use your logic and view the larger picture. You ask, “Is this an experience that requires a total shutdown? How will I view it in 5 months or years?”
  2. 2.      Recognize and respect the courage and effort you demonstrated to take the risk and throw your hat into the ring.
  3. Ask yourself, “How consistent is this experience with my most important goals? Should I continue to pursue?”
  4. Evaluate whether you need more knowledge, skill or experience.
  5. Construct a plan that includes the actions and timetable that are needed.

There are scores of famous people who dealt with frustration and failure.  A commonly used example is the story of Thomas Edison, who conducted more than 9,000 experiments before he was successful with the light bulb. He said, “If I find 10 thousand ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is just one more step forward.”

Edison was a scientist. He set goals, kept records and learned from failures and mistakes. You can do the same on a less intense basis. The key is to look at disappointments as a source of feedback on your performance. Ask, “What aspects of my performance need to be maintained or modified?” 

However, a word of advice: unless you’re a scientist, don’t make 9,000 attempts.

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Did Not Disturb: Express your gratitude to those who minimize interruptions and distractions

My friend, Happy F., sent me this image and it made me smile. The lovely message reminded me of the importance of letting others know that you appreciate the positive things they do—especially when they help you fight interruptions and distractions.

For example, here is a great interaction between co-workers:

Colleague: “I waited until tonight to call because I know you’re busy finishing your project.”

Project Manager: “Wow, that’s terrific. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. It’s so hard for me to ignore a ringing phone. I feel the pull even when the phone is set on vibrate and I’m in the library.”

In a busy office, interruptions may occur every few minutes. At the end of the day, you wonder what has really been accomplished. One report states, “The average office worker is interrupted seventy-three times every day. And the average manager is interrupted every eight minutes.  Once there is an interruption, some statistics tell us that it takes up to 20 minutes to get back to the level of concentration that we were at prior to the disruption.” ( )

The Others Demon is insidious and triggers distractions all day, and sometimes, all night. People want to “just ask one question,” “just tell one quick joke” or “just touch base.” Your job is to let others know when you are and aren’t available. Their job is to not interrupt or distract you. When others are sensitive and considerate of your time and attention, you need to express your gratitude. Too often, you may get so exasperated and irritable that you forget to accentuate the positive. You might replay the negative situations and forget about the few—but important—instances where those around you were helpful. However, if you don’t take the time to recognize those who promote your productivity, they might not feel encouraged to continue doing so.

You’ve probably noticed that almost every book published has a clearly defined section for “acknowledgements.”  In everyday situations, you can create opportunities to acknowledge the help of others. Some channels are formal, such as a letter of praise in a personnel file or a “thank you” included in the agenda of a staff meeting. But there are also informal and spontaneous ways to show your appreciation for the considerate behavior of others. Whether you send a photo, a personal note, or provide a simple compliment, let others know how much you appreciate their help when you are attempting to concentrate and need peace and quiet.

Here are a few ways you can tell others, “You’re awesome because you help me focus and be productive.”

  • Written messages: send an email, thank-you note, greeting card, cartoon or photo.
  • Verbal messages: Provide a thank you with a face-to-face, phone or Skype conversation:

“Thanks so much, I really needed to concentrate so I could finish the…”

“It’s probably surprising that calling during the evening rather than the work day means so much to me.”

  • Special recognition: Salute a professional colleague in a newsletter or other correspondence.
  • Give a small, but meaningful or humorous token of appreciation. For example, The EASY button from Staples, a Solar Dancing Flower, a light activated flower that swings and sways when in a window (, or a candy bar wrapped in a ribbon.

When recognizing thoughtfulness, it’s the thought that counts!

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Old Movies: A Wonderful Distraction

One of my positive distractions is watching vintage films, so I’m a fan of Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Recently, I flipped to that channel and found the film noir classic, “Night and the City”—which was based on a novel by my cousin, Gerald Kersh! The 1950 movie version was directed by Jules Dassin and starred Richard Widmark and Jean Tierney, all very well-known during that era.  Thankfully, it is still shown in black and white (and all shades of grey), which reinforces the use of light and shadows to support the sinister aspects of the film. The music helps to build the suspense and menace.

As I watched it, I remembered many dinners with Cousin Gerald in New York City. He was a nephew of my grandmother, Cissie Kersh. When he was in town, he and his wife joined us (Cissie, my parents, Anne and Charlie, my Aunt Roz and Uncle Irv, and me) at an Italian restaurant, La Strata, a few doors from my father’s musical instrument store. Gerald was quite dashing: ramrod straight, mustache and beard, cape and cane. There was always a cigarette smoldering between his fingers.  He was very entertaining, telling stories about his adventures and encounters during the war and in peacetime Europe.

As a teenager, I thought he was fun, but I wasn’t really aware of all his accomplishments. An internet search today yields a pretty impressive biography (

Gerald Kersh was born in Teddington-on-Thames, near London, and, like so many writers, quit school to take on a series of jobs — salesman, baker, fish-and-chips cook, nightclub bouncer, freelance newspaper reporter and at the same time was writing his first two novels.

In 1937, his third published novel, Night and the City, hurled him into the front ranks of young British writers. Twenty novels later Kersh created his personal masterpiece, “Fowler’s End,” regarded by many as one of the outstanding novels of the century. He also, throughout his long career, wrote more than 400 short stories and over 1,000 articles.

Once a professional wrestler, Kersh also fought with the Coldstream Guards in World War II. His account of infantry training, “They Die with Their Boots Clean,” (1941) became an instant best-seller during that war.

After traveling over much of the world, he became an American citizen, living quietly in Cragsmoor, in a remote section of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State. He died in Kingston, NY, in 1968.”

I had forgotten about all the other books he wrote—but realized that they were stored in my basement library. Now I’m eager to pull them out and engage in another of my positive distractions, reading.  How about you? Are you a film buff? What is your favorite genre? Share your favorites in the Comments box!

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Workplace Bullying

Bullying is an ugly aspect of childhood, but at least we get to leave that behind when we grow up, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Workplace bullying isn’t talked about as much, but it happens all too frequently. Others in our lives can become Demons of Distraction who interfere with our productivity and success. If you’ve ever had a bullying supervisor or co-worker, you are all too aware of the ways in which this type of Difficult Person can sabotage all of your workplace interactions.  In my upcoming book, Actions Against Distraction, I discuss those who engage in persistent, offensive, intimidating or insulting behavior. This may include teasing, gossiping, work interference, humiliation, threats and verbal abuse.

What is particularly shocking is that, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) [ ], no U.S. state has yet enacted any law that protects workers from this type of bullying. Current “harassment” laws only address discrimination based specifically on civil rights status such as race, gender or recognized physical disability. This means that a person who is randomly singled out for abuse often has a difficult time seeking legal redress.

I have seen this happen to some of my clients, especially those with a “hidden” disability. They may never have been formally diagnosed with attention or learning conditions—or they may choose not to disclose that sort of disability because they fear negative repercussions. However, they need to use certain coping strategies to succeed. Julian, for example, is a college student who landed an internship at a renowned law firm. He is extremely intelligent but has auditory processing problems. He was assigned to a high-powered, smooth-talking attorney who couldn’t spare a moment for Julian until he was speeding down the hallway toward his next court date. Then he would force Julian to tag along at his heels while he barked a rapid-fire list of orders at him as he retreated. Naturally, Julian would only get about half the message. Later, the attorney would become irritated and berate Julian in front of the other lawyers in the firm, who snickered when he cracked, “For a supposedly smart kid, you sure are slow on the uptake.”

If an employee requires some extra time to learn a new skill, or needs to ask and repeat more questions than the average worker in order to master it, this can be seen as deficit or vulnerability by colleagues who are particularly judgmental or aggressive (or who have their own vulnerabilities). A bullying boss may “know better” than to harass someone in a wheelchair, but feel perfectly free to label a person who processes numbers more slowly or makes spelling errors due to dyslexia as “stupid.” There are also plenty of employees who have no chronic disabilities but who also become more vulnerable when the economy is bad, when technological change happens too quickly or when there are personal problems at home. Workplace bullies will take advantage of any kind of power imbalance.

How you deal with a workplace bully depends in part on the type and severity of the abuse. WBI recommends first recognizing that the situation is not your fault: “The source of the problem is external. The bully decides how to target and how, when, and where to harm people. You did not invite, nor want, the systematic campaign of psychological assaults and interference with your work.”

If you feel that you can safely confront the person who is causing you problems, here is a procedure that you can follow, from Actions Against Distractions:

  • Use your logic and problem solving skills to prepare a script that includes the following:
  1. Visualize and describe the situation.
  2. Write out the feelings and thoughts you want to express.
  3. Specify what you want.
  4. Talk about positive and/or negative consequences and specify a goal.
  • Rehearse your script. “Practice makes perfect” works for social skills, too. Plan, write notes, and schedule times to practice. Consider working with a colleague or friend, or using an audio or video recording as a practice aid.

Julian was able to do this. He asked to speak with the attorney privately. He told him, “Yes, I am smart and capable, but I’m completely new to this work and I am sometimes slow to take in everything that you’ve said. I need to take my time to write down and clarify your instructions. I want to do a good job for you, and I would think that you’d want this, also, since it would benefit you more in the long run.” By focusing on the potential of getting a better “product” or outcome, Julian succeeded in winning some changes in his supervisor’s behavior. It wasn’t a perfect, happy ending, but at least the attorney never again chastised him in front of others at the office.

This “Daily Muse” contribution to Forbes Magazine provides some helpful tips for dealing with electronic bullying: . If workplace bullying becomes so severe that your health and well-being are threatened, you may need further assistance, such as the services provided by Ultimately, as WBI says, “Employers control the work environment. When you are injured as a result of exposure to that environment, make the employer own the responsibility to fix it.”

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Distracted Driving

Hearing about successes from clients who have succeeded despite their challenges is immensely uplifting—but I also end up hearing horror stories that are chilling. Recently, a college student reported to me that he’d been in a car accident: he was fiddling with radio buttons for just an instant and accidentally drifted into the wrong lane. He panicked, overcorrected and ended up careening down an embankment, crashing into a large tree. Because it was a side impact, the car airbags didn’t even deploy to protect him. If the vehicle hadn’t been slowed a bit by some small shrubs and saplings prior to hitting the mature tree, he might not have made it. “I wasn’t even on the phone!” he exclaimed, which led me to wonder how much worse it might have been if he was.

As if to answer that question, the media picked up on a story in mid-March about a Canadian man who lost his girlfriend to a texting-and-driving accident. The two were in the midst of exchanging tender messages of love when she plowed into the back of a truck on the highway and lost her life. Heartbroken and filled with regret, the boyfriend started a Facebook page to save others from this tragic fate [].

We all know intellectually that distracted driving is bad: the U.S. government reports that it is now a leading cause of auto accidents and death [], with 3000 people killed in 2010 alone. Many states either have or are in the process of enacting legislation that bans using handheld devices and/or texting while driving a vehicle. Still others want to crack down even further on actions like eating, drinking, shaving or putting on makeup in the driver’s seat. We are quick to curse other drivers when their inattention causes us inconvenience or danger. And yet…many of us still continue to rationalize those times when we “just need to check that one message” or “just need to let someone know I’m on the way” or whatever excuse we use.

Even I have found it difficult to apply logic to a situation I find myself in every day. In my many life roles as educator, consultant, spouse/parent/grandparent and friend, my default setting is to be available and in contact with people at all times—but I spend a lot of time in the car.  When someone is trying to reach me or I think of something that needs to be accomplished or communicated, my reflex is to grab that cellphone and get it done right away. And let’s face it: answering a call or receiving a text message provides instant, short-term gratification, whereas it’s difficult to feel a tangible sense of reward from the thought that, “I stopped a negative behavior and therefore may have prevented an accident.”

It’s taken determination and vigilance to put certain conscious changes into practice over time, but I do it because I know how my family would feel if I got hurt, and how I would feel if I caused harm to others due to distracted driving. Below are some of the rules I’ve made for myself.

  • I tell others that I’m going to be driving and therefore not answering the phone until I stop.
  • I leave my phone in my purse, in the back seat.
  • I set the radio stations or load the CD player/iPod prior to moving.
  • If I absolutely need to be reachable, I pull over in a safe spot to answer or make a call.
  • To replace the pleasurable aspects of talking on the phone, I listen to preset music, interesting podcasts or recorded books.
  •  I use the attention I would have spent on my cellphone to appreciate nature and the scenery more as I drive around. It sounds corny, but it really helps!

What about you? Leave me a comment about distracted driving and how you are trying to minimize its occurrence.

Although we take the skill of driving for granted, we have to actively fight the many Demons of Distraction that can attack us on the road. Try to minimize fatigue, stress, and rushing before you get behind the wheel; then give this task your full attention so everyone makes it to their destination safely. As the Canadian man above would attest, real hugs and kisses are much better than text message XXXs and OOOOs.



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