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The Riskiest Thing Most of Us Do Every Day

drivingWe saw a great post by John Grohol at PsychCentral called Distracted While Driving. He really caught our attention with one thought. We allow ourselves to be distracted while we drive because we think we’re playing a race against time. In reality, we’re playing against the odds.

A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that about 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of all near-crashes involved someone who was distracted within three seconds of the event. 

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georgeI plead guilty as charged. I have to admit to using my car as a roaming second office. I store up phone messages and return calls while I’m on the road. .

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marylynnI’m in the car on a busy, busy day with all these things rolling through my mind. That’s one of the distractions that we often don’t take into account. I zone out … I don’t really pay attention like I should. I’m in my own world. .

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Psychologists have identified four types of distractions, according to Grohol’s article.

  • Visual … checking out an accident or looking at a billboard
  • Audible … cell phone calls, the radio, or another person talking
  • Physical … eating, flipping the dial, shuffling your iPod, or putting on make-up
  • Cognitive … daydreaming, thinking about other things in your life

Of course, a lot of distractions are multi-faceted. For example, talking on your cell phone includes three of these – audible, physical, and cognitive.

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marylynnI really do think it saves time. We have a friend who consults with us. He talks to us when he’s on his hour-and-a-half commute home. I can understand why you would use your phone when you have that long drive.

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georgeI won’t dispute that at all, but I now realize more than ever that I have to recognize the odds of something happening and take measures to try to minimize the distractions.

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Changes we plan to make

  • Leave earlier. When we have a lengthy trip, we usually don’t give ourselves the time to stop and eat. We gas, grab, and go … eating on the road. Leaving earlier will allow us time to stop and eat. We’ll probably eat healthier, too!
  • Ignore the phone. Granted, that’s a hard thing to do. So we’re going to turn our ringers off when we’re only going to be in the car for a short time.
  • Change our greetings. If we’re expecting an important call, we’ll change the greeting to let them know when we will be checking our messages.
  • Pull over (if we can). For those rare situations where we have to take the call, we’ll stop driving momentarily.

What's your biggest distraction while driving? 

 

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25 Tips to Take Control of Your Life

By Bigg Success Staff
05-13-08

Work – Life Balance

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Most people find that achieving balance between their personal and professional lives is one of the biggest challenges they face. In this article, we summarize five articles that help you get in control. Each article includes five tips, which he have highlighted here, along with the link to each article so you can explore the topic more if you want.

5 Burnout-Busting Tips

#1 – Combat boredom.

#2 – Avoid focusing too much on your job.

#3 – Avoid office politics.

#4 – Avoid overworking.

#5 – Better manage your time.

Get the full details on these tips to bust job burnout from this great article by Dr. John M. Grohol at PsychCentral. And now for some more on office politics …

5 Pointers on Office Politics

#1 – Don’t try to change or resist company culture.

#2 – Practice self-awareness.

#3 – Manage your stress levels.

#4 – Be approachable all the time.

#5 – Network before you need to network.

This is a fantastic post by Penelope Trunk, The Brazen Careerist and author of the fantastic book, The Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success. Read the entire post for all the details of her five tips to survive politics at work.

5 Time Management Tricks

#1 – Tame the e-mail beast.

#2 – Eliminate unnecessary meetings.

#3 – Put up boundaries.

#4 – Find your rhythm and schedule around it.

#5 – Say no.

Marci Alboher did a great job with this article for the New York Times. Read her full description of each of these five tips and you’ll have time on your hands!

5 Tips to Set Boundaries Even if You’re a Workaholic

#1 – Choose flow-inducing hobbies that engage you and pull your mind away from work.

#2 – Set goals in your personal life just like you do in your professional life.

#3 – Schedule dates with people for non-work activities.

#4 – Use technology to separate your professional and personal lives.

#5 – Decide in advance when you want to say no.

These suggestions come from the blog of Tim Ferriss, author of the great book, The 4-Hour Workweek.  This was a guest post by Anne Zelenka, editor at large of Web Worker Daily. Check out her full article on five boundary-setting tips for people who are obsessed with work

5 Tips to Make Your Next Family Vacation a Bigg Success

#1 – Try something different.

#2 – Do your homework.

#3 – Leave work at home.

#4 – Plan for anxiety.

#5 – Make time to bond.

You can read all that Dr. Edythe Harvey has to say about making the most of your next family vacation in this great article from Newswise.

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