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Getting Your Wait Under Control.
December 23, 2002.

A lot of us suffer from a wait problem. We wait on this and we wait on that. We wait over here and wait over there. We wait, wait and wait some more. Unfortunately, all of this waiting won't get us where we want to go. In order to live the lives we've always dreamed about, we've got to focus on losing this unwanted wait.

One key component of using our time more effectively is learning how to become more efficient. However, we do need to make one significant distinction at this juncture. There is a world of difference between being busy and being efficient. In fact, one generally has very little to do with the other.

I had a good friend who was the proverbial "busy bee." You know the type. He was busy, busy, busy all of the time. If you didn't know better, you would have thought he was setting the world on fire with all of his frenetic activity. He was busy over here and busy over there, a seemingly tireless whirlwind of heavy duty action. Yet he never really seemed to accomplish much of anything worthwhile.

It always seemed that when he reached the end of another day of apparently breakneck action, he had little, if anything, to show for all of his effort. Even though he was going nowhere and accomplishing nothing, he appeared to take great pride in the fact that he had worked hard and kept himself busy all day long. Instead of using his time wisely, he was a whirling dervish of inconsequential activity. If he would have only made the effort to work "smart" and be efficient, he could have accomplished a whole lot more in less than half the time.

Another individual I used to work with loved to play the waiting game. He employed a "stop and start" and "stop and start again" approach to his working routine. Whenever he reached a "stopping" point, where he needed something to continue a project he was working on, he would just totally shut down until that something was obtained. For example, if he required a document be forwarded to him from a coworker, he would make the request and then sit and wait for it to be delivered.

Instead of using his time wisely by working on something else in the interim, he seemed perfectly content doing nothing for hours on end. When he got what he needed, he would start again. I bet you can guess what happened a few moments later when he reached another sticking point. That's right, he stopped and started waiting again! Stop and start. Stop and start some more. Come on, enough already! These individuals, like many of us today, desperately needed to get their wait under control.

How about you? Do either of these wait problems sound eerily familiar? Are you having trouble with your wait? If so, don’t despair. You can quickly lose this unwanted wait by using your time wisely – constantly seeking out a better, faster and smarter way of doing just about everything you do. I heartily encourage you to work smart, take control of your time and accept personal responsibility for making things happen.

By using your time wisely, you will quickly get your wait under control.


Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Rabindranath Tagore

A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin

It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker

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Author: Greg Hickman


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