I Went Without Email & Phone For 8 Weeks – And Nothing Happened

I’ve had no email for 8 weeks.
Yep… eight.whole.weeks – by choice.

At first it was uncomfortable. What was I missing?

I seriously have been checking my email multiple times an hour during all waking hours – even on the treadmill – since I first entered the business world in 2001. Exactly what I was looking for in that inbox I really don’t know.

People have often complimented me on my uber quick replies. Thanks… yeah… you’re welcome. But is it necessary?

This was the question I started to ask myself.


Being Human

For most women, talking about weight, body image and appearance is just part of everyday talking with friends.

Read: The Subtle Art Of Being Professional (In Your Personal Life) 

For me, it’s my job I’ve come to associate with work. At work I detach from the topic having any relation to myself, give full presence to my client.

People think that hitting a boxer with their gloves off, they’d likely have reflex to guard themselves – or hit back. Wrong.

Catch someone ‘off guard’, their off guard, period. Doesn’t matter if they do it for a living or not. They’re in their personal space, and it’s gonna affect them PERSONALLY. Not professionally.

I think we’re all the same like that. When on the clock, we sit up straight and handle our topic of expertise with grace and deflection.

I really strive to set myself up for success 24/7.

Prevention is the key to avoiding burnout – whatever you do for a living. 

Did you know the average personal trainer lasts just 2 years and 2 months in the business? And has the greatest percentage of eating disorders in any other career? Personal trainers are surrounded by mirrors all damn day… and by conversation that continually talks about the improving body. An equation for personal unrest.

Like everyone, when I can balance my working life, I love my job.

I’ve split this post into a series, as I think it’s a pretty big topic for service providers (and I wanted to share the whole picture).

Read Part Two:

How I Took An Email & Phone Break (Without Losing Business)

Cat Smiley

Cat Smiley has been named Canada’s top trainer 3 times by the International Sports Science Association. She is a certified Master Trainer of Fitness Sciences (ISSA), Life Coach, Nutritionist, Executive Business Coach and the owner of Whistler Fitness Vacations. Prior to that, she spent 10 years building her personal training and boot camp company - while also working as a professional athlete and nationally syndicated health columnist. She inevitably hit burnout and learnt a ton of lessons along the way. CatSmiley.com is a mash-up of all the things she did to keep her passion for fitness training alive, almost 20 years later. - Find my site helpful? Please mention Whistler Fitness Vacations to your personal training clients if they ask you about fitness retreats! It really helps (and I really appreciate it!)