Posts Tagged "health"

0005: On being a more efficient business traveler

0005: On being a more efficient business traveler

The holiday season always provides me with a reprieve from travel.  I typically fly >100K miles/yr, traveling between 35-40% of the time.  I haven’t experienced it all, but I’ve certainly been through my share of travel woes (and small victories I might add).  I’ve migrated from wondering why the heck anyone would pay for an Admiral’s Club membership to wondering how I lived without one.  I thought I’d never pay for first class tickets, but now can clearly identify their near-necessity under certain circumstances (try walking off a 13 hr ride on a cattle-car-style coach ticket and feeling fresh and sharp enough to close that contract you just invested 6 months of your life to tee up!).  And, for some reason today, while I was lingering in my bathroom on a lazy Sunday morning, my shaving kit caught my eye.  And I secretly longed for my travel to begin again.  Except, I hate shaving while I travel.  I hate it. Traveling and shaving is a real hassle. It’s bad enough you have to present a face to the business world that is not necessarily your weekend or hanging with friends face (generally scruffy in my case).  I recently have been on a quest for the perfect travel shave kit (If you already have this solved, please please leave a URL in the comments or send me a DM @my10list).  My idea is to create the perfect kit for wet-shaving while on the road.  I’d be client #1 for this, but haven’t come across it.  Closest I’ve found is the travel accessory kit from Art of Shaving I got for Christmas.  The trick is to have an equally portable razor that’s easy-to-use.  The razor should be lightweight, at least 2 part (actually have one of these). Make idea #1 a subscription service for business travelers Lightweight shoe spreaders to reduce load but allow your dress shoes to keep their shape, because who cares to lug around an extra 1.5 lbs of cedar!? An app to link up [business] travelers who are in new town but don’t have plans for any meal.  Pair you with another person (or several) to meet at a “recommended” location.  The service aims to give you a way to meet new folks, network with other business travlers, and not have to eat alone.  It would make Kieth Ferrazzi proud.  Could also be used to help travelers find a local they could dine with (not a dating service), or grab coffee with.  Could be a way for you to get “local” knowledge of a new place in a friendly way. A car-rental service for business travelers who hate the hassle of having to leave your car for days...

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0003: Sharpen the Saw

0003: Sharpen the Saw

Despite missing 2 days, I feel as creative and idea-laden as ever.  I was encouraged listening to the Wolf Den [podcast] interview this morning with James Altucher when he said that part of this exercise is to get out the bad ideas, and that most of the ideas he writes daily are bad.  Phew, gone are the shackles of perfectionism and guilded pride that may otherwise bridle my fingers and make me think this needs to be an hour or even 30 min. endeavor.  Maybe I should strip back all pretense and forego an intro, even.  Just Lists.   Today is random, I’ve been up since 3 am, and should have already done the list.  Now I’ll “invest time” on this task to help me get my mind focused on my day job.  Like Stephen covey says, you gotta find ways daily to sharpen the saw. Sell a package of motivational desktop background images – I spent a couple of hours compiling a bunch that are on auto-rotate to inspire me.  Maybe there are other maniacs like me who would happily pay $0.99 (or more) to download them instead of investing an hr to look around Shoe slippers that can easily go over bottom of your dress/work shoes to prevent the oh-so-annoying squeeking sound that happens when you walk on a clean tile floor (most often in an office) with compound rubber soles. Set a daily reminder to drink at least 1 liter of water first thing in the morning, and track your a) hydration b) alertness c)weight and other metrics to see what it improves over 30 days An app that allows people to leave private messages/videos for one person or a group of people as a legacy, training, or memory – would work for communication between a military parent and a child who is not easily reachable when the parent has an idea they want to share – could allow for time-delayed delivery (like, on your 16th birthday) Put a button on this website that allows readers to “like” and/or Upvote a specific idea – to come up with popular ideas by tracking reader feedback Put links into each daily list that highlight interesting podcast(s) I like lately or which are influencing my ideas/thoughts. Start a daily video-cast of the rundown of my ideas – host on Youtube or Vimeo – backlink to site, and find a way to have video comments also be embedded on that day’s list on the site.  over time, you should be able to see if it’s complimentary, or if it’s even a better medium for posts Create a simplified visual image of the daily list and post to instagram Condense daily...

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