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How to Take a Shower in Sixty Seconds or Less

Living or traveling in an extreme situation? The following is a real life scenario that our friends and several internet readers have gotten a kick out of. Yes, at least for this summer, this is how we do it. No, I’m not kidding. Read on.

Due to an extremely small water heater and the fact that our ground water is the same temperature as the lake (a degree or two above freezing), we have developed this technique for shower survival. It’s also a handy strategy to use on the road: desert camps with limited water supply tanks, solar shower bags, hostels where hot water is in short supply, etc. Read more »

Shower Genius

I tend to have great ideas when I’m in the shower. I don’t know what it is exactly. The massage effect of the jets of water? The effect of water ionization? But I would say that the percentage of good ideas I’ve had while taking a shower is higher than during other activities. Are you a shower genius too?

Go Take a Shower,then you can success

Anytime I’m struggling with a choice I need to make or an opportunity I’m hoping will move from an idea to a vision, my brilliant coach, Jille Bartolome, tells me to get in the shower (or jump on my trampoline). And no, it’s not because she can smell me cross-country or thinks I could use more cardio, but rather because it will get me out of my head and back into a trusting place. So often we know our right answers and believe that that call we are waiting for will happen. We just need to exhibit some patience, and more importantly, we need to align our thoughts and our feelings with our actions. It’s one thing to say to yourself, I will get this job or I will start this new business or new stream of revenue. It’s an entirely different thing to actually stop second-guessing our deep knowing, live our best life starting today, and wake up feeling jazzed and sustain our enthusiasm throughout the natural hiccups in a day. Read more »

Taking a Shower: Morning,Before Bed,or Twice a Day?

I used to think that if you shower before bedtime, you go to bed clean and wake up clean.

However, others are saying that there’s no point, as you essentially sweat while in the deepest part of your sleep when your heart rate races during some stages of REM. So basically you wake up slightly dirty anyway.

But then if you go to bed somewhat dirty planning to just shower in the morning, that might dirty the bed itself faster.

But if you shower before bed, then you wake up slightly dirty and go into the day not exactly the freshest.

Then you have some people say showering twice a day is overkill…!

So what’s the best routine in this case? Morning showering, bedtime showering, or twice a day showering?!

The Reason Why Many People Get Their Best Ideas During the Shower

During the past 25 years, I’ve asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. I get all kinds of answers, but the one that has always fascinated me is “the shower” — maybe because I also get so many of my good ideas there.

And so, at the risk of overstating my case, I hereby offer you 20 reasons WHY the shower is so conducive to new ideas.

1. Showering signals “a new day” or “new beginning.”

2. You’re usually alone, with time to reflect.

3. Interruptions are rare.

4. The rush of water creates a kind of “white noise” that makes concentration easier.

5. Shower stalls look like little incubation chambers.

6. Water is associated with “contemplation” (i.e. sitting near a river, lake, or ocean.)
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