Don’t Waste Time Waiting Around

A pot of water does not boil faster if you stare at!

At work today I ended up having to fix a bunch of things with my work laptop. I updated my operating system,  recovered a bunch of files from a backup disk, had to free up space on my hard drive when it maxed out, had to reinstall a whole bunch of software, etc.

A lot of these tasks required some activity to initiate, and then they just automatically run their course for 20-30 minutes or even an hour or longer for some tasks.

During the waiting periods I found myself just staring at the computer screen. As if my staring would make it go any faster!

Once aware of this I used the time to do some yoga in my office, write things down on a paper that I needed to get done and take care of a few conversations I had to have with co-workers.

It made me acutely aware at how much “slack” time we all have waiting around for things. Waiting for people. Waiting for traffic. Waiting for the copier. Waiting for a phone call. Waiting for a lane to open up at the swimming pool. Waiting for a dinner partner to show up. Waiting for a computer to boot. Waiting, waiting, waiting.

Waiting isn’t inherently bad but the time could be better spent doing any number of things:

  • Stretch your back and legs out
  • Read something meaningful
  • Do some open eyed meditation
  • Take 10 deep breaths
  • Call someone you care about
  • Doodle something cute
  • Make a list of goals (or better, things you’ve already accomplished that week/month/day that you are proud of)
  • etc.

Anything but waiting around!

Published by Ravi Raman

Executive Coach + Yogi + Endurance Athlete

One reply on “Don’t Waste Time Waiting Around”

  1. Well, this couldn’t have come at a more opportune time!. This is why I like receiving the emails with your blog postings. They are always thought provoking and in a number of instances have helped me improve my performance. Thank you.


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