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Len Markidan writes about productivity and work/life balance at Home Office Hero. He’s also the Director of Marketing at Groove. To get his latest posts, sign up for his newsletter or follow him on Twitter.
How To Have Healthier Lunch Meetings (Willpower Not Required)
by Len Markidan
A few years ago, I decided to start making healthier food choices.
I threw out the cookies and processed junk in my house and went on a farmers market shopping spree, where I finally learned to properly pronounce “jicama.”
I felt GREAT. I was a new man.
For the first eighteen hours or so, anyway.
Because eighteen hours later, you see, I had to meet a client for lunch.
And while I walked in confident about my commitment and eager to pick the healthiest salad on the menu, here’s what actually happened:
Len: [Open the menu and catch myself lingering on the cheeseburger description. Quickly flip to the salads.] Mmm, the spinach and chicken salad looks good. The avocado jicama one, too. [Look up to make sure everyone caught me pronouncing jicama like a boss.]
Client: I’ll have the bacon cheeseburger.
Len: [Slam menu closed, hate myself.] Make that two, please!
Willpower has never been my strong suit.
To deal with that, I’ve had to build systems to make myself less dependent on willpower, in all areas of life.
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