As always the last week before winter holiday’s is the worst, especially when you are working and this week is one of the key to close the year. So it means: reports, overview, presentations, budget and of course meetings. hours and hours of meetings to close all the outstanding and plan the year ahead.
As I work in a sales department it is definitely one of the most hectic time – the year-end. All the numbers and budgets to present and justify. Long story short – this week is just terrible. No gym, no social life, no nothing – just work to manage everything to close the year and leave for holiday happy. As today is already Friday than it means that : A – I survived this week, B- I survived also all the presentations and report presenting to my top management.
I guess for me the hardest part is surviving 5-6 hour long meetings without pauses, especially because my lifestyle and diet requires to eat every 2-3 hours and my body has absolutely used to this rhythm. (You better do not mess with a hungry girl, because she is HANGRY – hungry+angry). But as going psycho or eat straight out of my meal box wouldn’t be appropriate during presentation to my bosses I came up with the best solution ever!
The most important part is preparation for not having meal by calculating your approximate time and meal you will skip. as in my case was 5 hours without eating than I mastered this way:
- I ate 5 min before the meeting my regular snack.
- In a takeaway coffee cup (to avoid any questions and sneak-a-peaks in it) I prepared a protein shake as meal substitute I could slowly sip at the second haslf of the meeting when the huger kicks in.
(This is where protein samples comes handy. I always use MyProtein for emergencies, travels and occasions like this. )
As easy as that I substituted 1 meal with a right amount of the protein (25g) and spared “talking belly” during the meeting.
Works for me splendidly.
What about you? How are you surviving without eating long meetings?