Monday, August 21

Fitbit Fever

Ahhh. Owning the Fitbit. How many years has it been since these gadgets first came out?

Like most things, I'm a little late to the trend, but I've had 3 fitbits for almost 2 years now and I am absolutely loving it. 

They say that people who get devices like this usually let go of them within 6 months. I've have seen many friends do this, but I think I found a device that I truly love as I have been wearing mine for almost 2 years. 


Here's what I like and what I find useful: 

1. Sleep Tracking 

For a few months last year, I used a sleep tracking app. While the app was great, what I didn't like about it was having to place my phone on my bed. It's quite difficult to do that while sharing a bed! Overall, the Fitbit does a better job than any apps I have seen. Specifically, when I take naps on the weekends, the Fitbit captures that! I can monitor my sleep without having to remember or enter in sleep and wake times. The Fitbit also takes into account those hours when you lay in bed looking at your devices... this is my worst habit! I'll stay up for hours reading blogs after I "go to bed". 

2. Step Counting 

Step counting may be just a gimmick, but I think it's one that's working. I live on the second floor, and for the first 3 months, I've always taken the elevator. That's just what I do, you know? No matter what the floor. But with this Fitbit, I'll take extra steps and climb more floors. I'm much more willing to park a little bit further or walk a few more blocks downtown instead of wait for a time when I have my car. 

3. Competition with Friends

This is the feature that I have been using the most often. Basically, this allows you to have a 1 day, work week, or weekend competition with your friends. The people at my office have been doing a work week competition for a few weeks now... and it's a blast. It makes me go to the gym or at least walk around a bit more on days when I am perfectly content to veg out on the couch.


Do you use a fitbit? Let's connect! 
Leave a comment below if you're interested and I'll get in contact! 

Wednesday, August 2

Leadership Lessons from Captain Picard: The Emissary

I've recently been watching a lot of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Some episodes are better than others, but over all, it is a great show. As I watching, I have noticed that there are a ton of really insightful leadership lessons we can all learn. I'm going to gather them up as I see them in a little series called Leadership Lessons from Capital Picard. You don't need to know a lot about Star Trek to understand these situations... other than the fact that Picard is the boss and everyone else works for him! Just imagine it's a regular old office. 
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The Set Up 

In episode The Emissary, Lt. Worf (pictured above) meets a flame from the past and Captain Picard assigns them to work together. Worf is uncomfortable with this idea and asks the Captain to assign someone else. 

The Captain asks "Do you have a personal reason for asking for the reassignment?" Worf says "Yes." He obviously does. 

The Captain then pauses and reframes the question. "Do you have a professional reason for asking for the reassignment?" Worf thinks about this statement and responds, "No. I withdraw my request for reassignment." 

The Lesson 

We all have personal differences with the people we work with. Not all of it will be quite as dramatic as a past flame, but the show urges us to consider only professional differences in a professional setting. 

My Addendum 

Those who think differently than you (and have different backgrounds) are sometimes the ones you learn the most from! There are some people you'll immediately click with and others that just clash with your working style, but if the setting is professional, personal objections should not matter.