Tuesday, August 22, 2017

El Paso Lessons

This past week I was in El Paso for work and let me tell you. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. I blame it on mercury retrograde. So as I get to the airport on my way back thinking I'm in the clear and I miss my flight at my layover, like a scrub. Never have I ever had flight issues until that moment. It had been a long week, I had to work on Saturday, and I wanted to take the time I did have celebrating the bæ's birthday. 

Let me tell you, I was kind of a mess this whole tip, and this airport moment kind of pushed me over the edge in the mood department. So I am in the worst mood ever, I lucked out and got on the next flight out. Which made me the happiest human in the world. Once I sat down I was excited to throw on a podcast and sleep the whole 2 hour flight. 

Until.... (An aside is that in my last post I talked about how i do not talk to someone on a plane until the end) So I sit down and I see that I forgot to hide the one thing that would give my job away. The man sitting next to me asked me about it, and all I can think is "Here. We. Go." 

This person just so happened to be my Boss's, Boss's, Boss. Which I was expecting to exchange hellos and get back to the original plan for a nap. We ended up spending the whole flight chit chatting. (Me picking his brain and him putting up with my questions.) He had some amazing tips and I thought I would share some of my favorites. I'm not a fate or *~universe*~ type person, but if those things are real that conversation settled so much and made the whole missing a flight worth it. Here are some of the great tips:

1. You will never be less busy than you are right now. Which was a shock to me 

2. Get an excel document.  Choose your 2 to 5 categories you want your life to revolve around (Mine would be: Career 1, Career 2, Personal Business, Personal Life) Have a box per month for the next 20 years. He said he changed it weekly, but I loved this idea so you knew exactly what you needed to focus on month by month.

3. Which leads me to my next one. "If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority" This point was to plan it out either by month, week, or day. And totally focus on one priority for that time. I will probably make certain days a priority, and focus on that.

4. Stop scheduling everything for 1 hour or 30 minutes. Our brains do not work that way. Schedule everything in 15 minute increments. Stop scheduling long meetings, and break up your day with what you need to get done. Work out at lunch to clear your head. Run across the street to the post office if there is a huge lull in work. 

5. Never make a choice with, is someone going to leave you or not. This is because if you make the choice you and they leave. That person was not the person for you to begin with. If that person stays, you know they like you and not the convince of you. 

6. Somewheres care about the location they are at, and choose where they go by the convince of being around the people around them. Anywhere's will go anywhere to continue moving forward. I think it was interesting to see what you have to pick and choose the more you grow up. I also thought this was interesting because I feel extremely social, but I do not feel like I have a village in my zipcode. 

7. Surround yourself with mentors and peer mentors. Never be the smartest person in the room, drop your ego because you can learn something from everyone. 

Overall a lot of great lessons learned. Intersting trip for sure!


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