Out to dinner several weeks ago, a dear friend, the great writer and editor Joanne Gordon Berk (co-author, with Howard Schultz of Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul), asked about health challenges that I had been navigating for the past year and a half. I responded by saying, “Well, I’m taking March off.”
The restaurant was loud and the wine was flowing freely, and my friend responded, “Marchoff? I’m not familiar with Marchoff. Tell me, what does that drug do?”
Feeling a little impish, I shared my hopes with her: “Oh, Marchoff is wonderful. It helps you focus on what matters most. It enables you to sleep at least eight hours every night. You feel more grounded, centered, and focused, with a side effect of laughter.”
As I talked, her intrigue deepened until I could no longer keep a straight face. I then explained that I am taking the month of March off.
We erupted in gales of laughter that drew the attention of those around us. Immediately, Marchoff became a word that we tried to weave casually into conversations. It created a chain reaction and an outstanding side effect of laughter. Joanne’s Valentine’s Day e-mail to me read:
“Hope your VDay was lovely, full of chocolate and that magical drug, Marchoff. XO”
It is humbling, beautiful, and good for the soul to laugh.
I really am taking March off from travel and onsite engagements. But, as it approaches, I am starting to wonder, how do I ensure that I savor all the intended and unintended side effects of this miraculous drug?
One way is to use my own rewired strategies from my book, Rewired: How to Work Smarter, Live Better, and Be Purposefully Productive in an Overwired World, to ensure that Marchoff is as effective and rejuvenating as possible, strategies like:
• Setting boundaries about when to respond to e-mails, texts, and work
• Spending as much time in nature as possible
• Getting 8 hours of sleep, exercising at least 30 minutes a day, and drinking lots of water
• Spending quality, unplugged time with family and friends
And you know what? You don’t even need entire month off to rewire. Little efforts add up to big results. You can read more about rewiring for wellness here: