Thank you to guest author Margaret Meloni of Meloni Coaching Solutions Inc. for sharing her insights in the following article. More about Margaret appears at the end of the post.
So there you are in line at the grocery store or the hardware store or the bank. It could be anyplace really. You could be on hold waiting for a customer service representative or waiting for a meeting to begin. You have time on your hands, what do you do with that time?
What time, you ask? You really do not plan on being in line or on hold or waiting for more than five minutes. It’s not a large block of time. What difference can it make? The difference it makes depends on how you spend that time. Do you:
- Spend it being annoyed that you have to wait?
- Spend it becoming perturbed because someone in front of you is taking too long?
- Spend it being critical about the children in front of you who are (according to you) misbehaving?
- Spend it reviewing the front covers of gossip magazines?
If you are doing any of the above or something similar, you are wasting time. I am not suggesting you multitask. I am not going to propose that you use this time to make phone calls or balance your checkbook or write notes. I am going to propose that you do something more constructive with your time than engage in negative thinking. Continue reading