Fact: Take the spare change out of your pocket every nightand put it in a child's piggy bank. At the end of a year youwill have at least a hundred dollars to spend as you wish. Now take this same prin
Fact: Take the spare change out of your pocket every night and put it in a child's piggy bank. At the end of a year you will have at least a hundred dollars to spend as you wish.
Now take this same principle and discover the huge payoff in the "spare change" time you've been wasting all these years.
How often do you sit in front of your computer and wait?
Everyone waits for the computer to reboot, restart, unlock, "scandisk", "defrag", finish printing, download a file from the Internet or generally accomplish tasks that have you sitting twiddling your thumbs for at least 60 to 90 seconds or more.
The shocking truth is that those one, two and three minute nuggets of time contain the seeds for accomplishing all the tasks you never seem to have enough minutes in the day to finish.
Computers represent a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they are supposed to save us time by efficiently helping us with big tasks such as balancing our checkbooks, running our businesses, and doing our taxes.
In reality, it seems the time computers save you gets sucked right back up in time-consuming tasks such as installing software, scanning for viruses and waiting for the computer to restart!
Think about the spare change in the piggy bank example. Now use that same principle to your advantage by developing an awareness of how you spend your "pocket change" time in front of the computer every day.
Small bits of wasted time add up quickly over the course of a day, week, year - all of it in 2 to 3 minute increments. Fifteen wasted minutes a day equals well over 1 ½ productive weeks wasted per year!
Take this "one-day challenge".
Today, try these alternatives to sitting and watching the "hourglass" on your monitor while waiting for your computer to finish a task!
~ Organize your desk ~ Sharpen your pencils ~ Make a quick phone call ~ Check your "to-do" list; if you don't have a "to-do" list make one ~ Write a fast note to a friend ~ Put in a load of laundry ~ Go to the bathroom ~ Get another cup of coffee ~ Pay a bill ~ Catch up your checkbook entries ~ Pick up your office ~ Brainstorm an idea ~ Stand up and stretch ~ Day-dream for about a happy thought for 90 seconds!
Carefully watch how much time you spend in front of the computer waiting for it to do something and then see how many things you can accomplish with that time.
Nothing could reward you more than developing a consciousness about how you spend those spare moments that add up to enough time to write a book, take a trip with your family or take positive actions that will change your life forever.
Use your "spare change" time to accomplish the things you claim you never find time to finish!
(c) Jim Edwards
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Jim Edwards is a syndicated newspaper columnist (http://www.TheNetReporter.com) and is the author of several best-selling ebooks. Jim is the co-author of the runaway best-seller, "33 Days To Online Profits" with Yanik Silver. Jim specializes in helping small, internet-based businesses find, use and profit from new and existing marketing and automation tools.