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It's a Team's Life

Brain Dead?

By Linda Caffee
Posted Mar 31st 2017 7:57AM

There is a very interesting article on Linkedin about why successful people often wear the same thing day in and day out, or perform the same task every day. It is not that they are stuck in a rut it is that they are saving their thought process for more important items; making their next million dollars or solving the world hunger problem.

Over the years, I have found that I am much more alert early in the morning and as the day winds down so does my thought process. After reading this article I realize this is not as odd as I thought.

John Tierney, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling book "Willpower," says,
"Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can't resist the dealer's offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can't make decision after decision without paying a biological price. It's different from ordinary physical fatigue - you're not consciously aware of being tired - but you're low on mental energy."

Wearing a uniform each day takes away a lot of decisions. No need to stand in front of a closet stuffed with clothes and debate that there is nothing to wear. Come up with a set schedule and stick to it. As truck drivers, it is hard to have a ridged schedule but it is possible to have a schedule for when we are driving and when we are sitting.

Something that works well for us is each weekend we grocery shop and I prepare meals for the week. Each weekend will find one of us in the laundry room. Each weekend is spent catching up the bookkeeping, cleaning up the truck, and getting prepared for another week of driving. I did not realize how much of a schedule we have till reading through this article:

Bob & Linda Caffee
Saint Louis MO
Expediters since January 2005

Expediting isn't just trucking, it's a lifestyle;
Expediting isn't just a lifestyle, it's an adventure;
Expediting isn't just an adventure, it's a job;
Expediting isn't just a job, it's a business.


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