I heard an interesting trick to try and thwart some of the germs that are floating around.  A colleague suggested that he was practicing the use of a “public hand” and a “private hand”.  

> He consciously chose to use his right hand to touch door handles, faucets, elevator buttons and other public items.

> Then he preserved his left hand for the times he had to wipe his eye or brush something off his face.  The theory is that this hand would have at least a few less germs to infect him.

It’s not foolproof to be sure, and our subconscious motions may be more prevalent than we realize, but it is a step.  Sometimes we don’t need lofty plans or intricate theories to at least make efforts in the right direction.  We do something, and hope that things are better than they were without it.  

The public hand/private hand practice may be fool hearty — or it may be the edge to keep you healthy for one more day.  Doesn’t that possibility make it worth a try?

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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