I am writing from Chicago O'Hare.. We spend so much time waiting, don't we? What do you think, several hours per week on average?
How do we keep from getting drained and going crazy?
I think one technique is to get one thing done while waiting. It feels great to use some of the time for good.
How do we set ourselves up for success? We need to carry a few basic tools like a small pad or moleskine and a pen. If you love tech, you can use your bberry for this (I am writing and posting this from my bberry) but I would still suggest having a small pad.
What should we write on the pad?
- Plan for what's coming next.
- Create a list of quick to-dos.
- Write something creativem - Create a blog post or email to be sent later (but why wait, send it now)! - Create a list of people you want to thank. If you are in an airport, get the cards and fill them in.
- Take a restorative walk. Tom Peters does this - walks the airport on purpose! Having the right bags makes this easier.
- Get one thing done.
You can guess the inspiration for this post. I was draggin' around this airport wishing I did not have so long to wait. Then I said to myself, "Snap out of it, you're the breakthrough girl, what would you suggest others do in this situation?"
So I did. When we think about it, we can move things forward in small pockets of time. It's more productive, but it is also energizing. I don't feel nearly as drained.
Happy waiting... Lisa Haneberg www.lisahaneberg.com (Typo warning: Sent via my Blackberry)