Category Archives: Flowchart

This Electronic Life

Have you ever called a company and been frustrated by the phone menu? Ever tried to login and forgotten the answers to your security questions? Ever wondered if we might not be better off having personal relationships with the people we do business with?

Square the phone menu, add in a quadrupled set of websites, all with their own login, password, security questions, and blasted captchas.

And what do you get?

A REALLY LONG TIME on the phone, navigating the very complex phone menu, entering digits and passwords and account numbers, waiting on hold, finally reaching a person, and then confirming all of the same digits and account numbers, and then ending up with answers like: “Your husband will have to call us or write to us to grant permission for us to discuss your account.”

I admit I find this whole thing exasperating. I don’t see it as an opportunity, but maybe it is. An opportunity to write down every last detail there is for every account we have ever had?

The irony here is that my very capable husband has NO interest in talking with the XXXX Insurance Company about this claim or that coverage, and is so very happy that I am able to and interested in handling these details.

As much as I try to simplify things, the sheer vastness of the internet just makes it very challenging to stay on top of the details. I always thought of myself as a detail-oriented person, but the volume of details has increased to the extent that I dread trying to call someone, especially the insurance companies, to solve a problem or get information.

And then there are the places that require authorization EVERY SINGLE TIME from my dear husband. Not that he is working or otherwise busy or anything. Aargh. I love how they ask if he is right here with me so they can get approval from him. Ha.

Do you have any tips for how to simplify things? Because I’m all ears, here.

O is for Optimal: The Optimus Prime of Health

Isn’t Optimus Prime an excellent name? All of his stellar characteristics as a Transformer aside, I like the sound of it in relation to the idea of Optimal Health. “I’m looking for Optimus Prime in all the areas of my life.”

Optimal Health traditionally covers six separate areas, but I prefer Coach for Life’s categories: Physical well-being, Primary relationship, Interpersonal relationships, Personal development, Physical surroundings, Rest and relaxation, Profession, and Finances. 
I’ve devised a flowchart for you to use to consider your own health in each of these areas.

Example:
Choose category: Rest and Relaxation
Rank current satisfaction level: 6
Define what current level means to you: I sleep well, and get time to myself on the weekend.
Rank desired satisfaction level: 9
Define what desired level means to you: I sleep well, and get time to myself on the weekend, and I get a monthly massage. I meditate daily as a means of enjoying a relaxed state.
What will it take to get there: Schedule the massage appointment, download those meditations I was considering, and begin to implement them every day.

What category will you start with? What does Optimal Health mean to you?

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