“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a quote which formed the basis of the Eisenhower matrix (more on that below).
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances that interfere with the functioning of your endocrine system. Spoiler alert – they’re bad.
EDCs are found in a bunch of everyday places including food (from pesticides), plastic packaging, skincare products, textiles, electronics, even some children’s toys.
Here are some tips on how to avoid them:
- Buy organic produce wherever possible (prioritize the ‘dirty dozen’)
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly
- Never microwave food in plastic containers
- Go for glass packaging over plastic or cans (which can contain BPA)
- Say no to receipts when shopping (more BPA!)
- Use a water filter
- Check the safety of personal care products in the EWG Skin Deep Database
EWG also has a great post covering 12 common EDCs and what to do about them, so give it a read here. Your endocrine system will thank you for it.
Try the Eisenhower Matrix
If you have a huge list of stuff to do and don’t know where to start, start here: decide what’s urgent and what’s important.
Important tasks contribute to your long-term goals. Urgent ones keep you busy, but don’t have much real impact. Some tasks are both urgent and important; some are neither!
Enter the Eisenhower Matrix. It tells you what action to take for each type of task:
- Urgent and important (do these first)
- Important, but not urgent (schedule for later)
- Urgent, but not important (delegate!)
- Neither urgent nor important (eliminate)
Trinity Mouzon Wofford, Entrepreneur
How does Trinity Mouzon Wofford, co-founder of wildly successful wellness brand Golde, start her days? She:
- Drinks lemon water
- Checks her phone but tries not to get “sucked in”, limiting screen time to about 15 minutes.
- Does yoga. “If I don’t have a lot of time, I’ll do 10 to 15 minutes of stretching, but ideally, it’s 40 minutes of Yoga With Adriene.”
- Puts on work clothes to create a work-life boundary. “It creates a great work persona, and as long as I’m in that, I’m in the zone, even though I’m at home.”
Why it works:
- The research on lemon water isn’t conclusive, but it has potential benefits – and any morning hydration is good.
- Not getting sucked into tech leaves more time for a balanced, healthy routine that includes physical exercise.
- There’s plenty of science supporting the benefits of yoga.
- What you wear really does influence your mindset.
Trinity drives home yoga as a great way to start the day. “Starting my morning by getting in touch with my breath and my body really makes me feel my best and sets a positive tone that helps me tackle whatever’s to come,” she says.
If you’ve never tried yoga or you’re missing your regular in-person practice, there are plenty of free options online. Yoga with Adriene is one very popular one (thanks for the tip, Trinity!).