What are you waiting for? Is your waiting a waste?
When Waiting is a Waste
As a road warrior, I spend lots of time sitting in airports, my 2 computers plugged into the wall, on the phone, with 3 leadership books at the ready. As I look around there are always people taking a different approach half asleep, watching movies on their phones, playing computer games, or just staring ahead with a glazed look. I always wonder about what else they could be doing to advance their cause.
The Waiting Place for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.~Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go
Waisted waiting doesn’t just happen in airports.
Sure life gives us waiting. We have the little “waits” and the big ones. Sometimes we get stuck and have to pause, or postpone our goals to support others in our life. Life works that way.
You may be waiting for…
- your husband to come home
- kids to start school
- kids to finish school
- lab results
- a move
- your wife’s job change
- the debt to be paid down
Is your waiting an excuse to stop or not start?
Can You Wait Better?
How can you be more productive in the downtime? What can you do while your real (or figurative) baby takes a nap?
- Get clear on what you really want.
- Use your down-time to clarify your goals
- Make a list of task to do during little “wait?”
- Read a book
- Hone your skills
- Stop wasting time
- Learn something new
- Practice reflection