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“If there’s a silver lining in this crisis, it is that we may each have a chance to reevaluate our priorities and improve the quality of our lives from here on.” Ten questions for you to honestly answer
B esides reacting to the industry-wide slowdown and working remotely as most of us are, now is also the time to focus on YOU .
It is that time because – if you are like me – you have more time. You are probably spending more time at home, and with social distancing, spending a lot less time with other people. Also, spending less time commuting, less time in meetings, and less time running your kids around to one thing or another. So the question with all this newfound time at home is, what are you doing to make a better you? Answer these questions honestly and see if they don’t get you thinking: 1) Are you reading? And I’m not just talking about news online or articles you’ve seen posted on LinkedIn. I mean really reading actual books. The right books can change your life. Not just business books, either – but also fiction and biographies and history – stuff that really gets you thinking. If not, go to your bookcase and grab something and devote some honest time to reading every day. It could change your life. 2) Are you eating better? You should be if not!
Making all of our own meals at home has certainly tuned up our cooking abilities. We had gotten lazy, and in spite of having a full pantry and refrigerators and freezers, we went out to eat for lunch and dinner most every day prior to this shutdown. The result of cooking at home is not only good for our waistlines but is also saving us a tremendous amount of time and money. Nor do we have to listen to our girls complain about our choice of restaurant! 3) Are you getting some exercise? I know I am. While I have yet to actually try the Peleton machine in our fully outfitted lower level home gym, we are trying to get out most days for a vigorous walk around our (very) hilly neighborhood. It has been great. I know I feel better as a result. I can honestly say that this whole thing is making me pick up some new and healthier habits. 4) Are you spending your money more wisely? I certainly am. We don’t go anywhere and don’t seem to really buy anything yet it is still surprising we
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THE ZWEIG LETTER APRIL 27, 2020, ISSUE 1342
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