110: There’s an elephant on my chest! How to Achieve More with Less Stress.

Updated: Sep 2, 2018

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How can we be expected to keep up with all the latest trends, products, social media platforms, podcasts, movies, series, books, health kicks, hidden travel gems etc?

The answer: We can’t keep up! It’s impossible, and that’s ok.

It’s definitely not normal to be able to accomplish inside 24 hours what you used to do in one week.

In this "Living Diferente" episode, we explore how we can achieve more with less stress!

Maribel Quezada Smith. Photographer: Rochelle Sewer.


1. Practice being mindful. Remember that mindfulness is the space between stimulus and response.

2. Get into a routine. Routines are not for boring people, they are for smart, productive people who want to manage stress better. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. If you still don't think sleep is that impactful, check out the resources below...

3. Reflect. According to John C. Maxwell, the author of The 15 Invaluable Laws of growth, here are the five things we should use to help us in our time of reflection.

  • Investigation- Ask questions, dig into the situation, find out exactly what happened, both good and bad. By fully investigating the experience you can uncover what went wrong, what went right and what you can learn from it all.

  • Incubation- Maxwell says that reflection should be like putting your ideas and experiences in a slow cooker to simmer for a while. Don’t just give them a passing thought and move on. Truly meditate on them and see what you can learn.

  • Illumination- After you investigate and incubate an idea or experience, Maxwell says you need to illuminate the lessons from it. You should find areas you did well at and areas that need improvement. Illumination distinguishes between the two.

  • Illustration- Use your experiences to tell a story. Write out the lessons you took from it, how it made you feel and what you will do different next time. Maxwell calls this putting meat on the bones of your ideas. Come up with action plans for implementing what you learned.


I highly recommend reading Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

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Tips for better sleep.

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