Healthy Eating

#FOMO is a 4 Letter “Word”

What if we could reduce #FOMO by organizing ourselves just a wee bit?

Updated 11/2020

Patrick J. McGinnis, a Harvard MBA, invented the term “FOMO” for context of business decision-making. So much worrying about what we might miss instead of being excited for what we get, personally and professionally, we needed a new way to talk about it.

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The list is nearly endless of ways you can get information. This means our filtering is more important than ever. It also means taking care of our most basic needs is critical. Why? Because to be present and successful, you have to be “game on”.

What if we consistently slept 7-9 hours to help take in and deal with information better?

What if we ate better and exercised, because it helps with focus and overall health?

What if we could reduce #FOMO by taking care of our most basic needs every day?

Here’s how it could look by the most basic numbers:

We get 24 hours a day. Help reduce your #FOMO by knowing how much time you actually have once you accommodate basic needs, which, in turn, will help you maximize your “other hours”: #MATHrocks

Allow 7-9 hours for rest/sleep. (9)

Allow at least an hour for meal prep and cooking dinner, more for “all meals”. (3)

Allow at least 30 minutes for eating meals/snacks. (assume 3 eating occasions) (1.5)

Allow 30 minutes daily for activity. (.5)

There are other important daily things like brushing teeth, getting dressed, blah blah blah. That varies depending on how much preening you like do, so let’s count that in free time, along with TV watching, smart phone use, and so on.

14 hours a day for basic human stuff. This can include enjoying the “musts”, just fyi.

10 hours to do your thing, personally and professionally.

Make those “musts” part of the good stuff. Cook with music on. Choose activity you like. Make “human time” as fun as possible. If you want to spend time arranging every bean in your bowl for Instagram-worthy photos, that’s cool.

Just because you have to take care of yourself, doesn’t mean it has to be boring.

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How will you “human” this week?

By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.