SVP & Chief Delivery Officer, AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah
Being mindful of stress and its impact is important. In work, I have extensive travel demands, compounded by the fact that my home and family are completely outside the geographic region of my work.
Maintaining a few very specific routines establishes parameters that keep me at my best. Wherever I am, I'm up at 5 a.m. and on the treadmill. This gets me started, along with fruit and cottage cheese for breakfast. My end-of-day transition is to stop work at 5 p.m. and go home or to the hotel for a shower. Water, like exercise, energizes me. After that I might continue working or get dinner.
As important, I begin my day with reflection, ... focusing on the belief that people want to be positive and do the right thing. I firmly believe each person intends to make a difference; by reminding myself of that, I can operate from a place that engages others as well as me.
CIO, Nationwide Insurance
I am into yoga -- not the bend-your-knees kind; the breathing kind. I spend about 30 to 40 minutes a day with that, decompressing at either the beginning or end of the day to take out stress.
challenges. It really helped to not be part of that for two weeks.
As an outgrowth of the travel, I have been taking pictures and making photo books. At a recent party I had these displayed as coffee-table books, and everybody absolutely loved them. The good thing is you do pass the hours -- for a 40-page book, I spent a good three or four weeks coming back home and spending maybe an hour or an hour and a half just thinking about how to lay it out. That takes your mind away from the other stuff you're thinking about and gives you a creative outlet. I'm not a big artist, but that really helps.
CIO, Narragansett Bay Insurance Co.
Outside of work I relax by spending time with other people. Currently I regularly travel between Rhode Island and New Jersey, and my evenings are spent meeting with people. At those times, I don't have to be the person talking all the time; I don't have to present ideas or impress anybody, and I don't have to talk as much about work -- I can sit back and enjoy listening and having a conversation.
I also enjoy driving sports cars. As intense as the week may be, weekends are about relaxing, doing things like bike riding or driving on the beach, and spending time with my wonderful family.
Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information ... View Full Bio