Do you have a morning routine? You know, the things you automatically do after waking up. You don’t think about them, but if don’t follow those unwritten steps your entire day feels off. I was thinking about my routine the other day and decided to write it out step by step. (WARNING: It’s pretty intricate.)
Don’s Morning routine: Continue reading Keeping Morning Routine Fresh
I’m sorry to bother you, but people tell me I start conversations like this too often. It’s verbal filler that I over-rely upon. You know what I’m talking about…the “um”, “uh”, “like”, “I mean”, “basically” that people unconsciously use in public speaking and interviews. It’s a bad habit that I’m working on.
“I’m sorry, but…” didn’t start out as unconscious for me. I used it intentionally because I HATE being interrupted. Many times it’s an unwelcome distraction. In my mind, giving a pre-apology would smooth the transition. I wouldn’t come off as pushy because I showed empathy before I started. I understood I was interrupting the other person’s day, and I was trying to make it as minimally intrusive as I could. Continue reading Sorry to Bother You, But…
I went to the dentist for a teeth cleaning the other day. This was my first visit to this particular office so I had to get the full workup, including x-rays. The hygienist asked me about my flossing regimen while he set up the x-ray machine. The conversation went as follows (including my inner monologue):
Hygienist: Do you floss?
Me: Yes. (‘duh! Of course I floss.)
Hygienist: How often?
Me: (What?! You don’t believe me?) Daily.
Hygienist: (Skeptically) Really?
Me: (OK, now this guy is basically calling me a liar. I’ll show him!!) Yup. Every day. (A-hole!) Continue reading The Real Reason to Floss