The Waiting Is The Hardest Part
Often because of scheduling, production times, 3rd party involvement or other outside factors, we find ourselves in a holding pattern, waiting for our hard work on whatever “that project” is to come to fruition. It can be a very difficult and often discouraging time because you feel like you’re in limbo.
With the evolution of technology and instant everything, we as a society are not good at waiting. Sometimes though, it’s inevitable. So what do you do while you wait?
I’ve been contemplating this very thing this morning because I am in a similar situation and here are 5 things I’ve come up with:
1. Use the time to educate yourself. - I’m sure there are skills you’ve been thinking about learning or maybe you’d like to brush up on the latest this or that but you never have time. Maybe there are books you haven’t gotten around to reading. Now is your time.
2. Use the time to create something. - Waiting is the worst when your mind is idle. Our minds are not made to sit idle, so create something. Engage your mind and get lost in your creativity. You never know what you might come up with!
3. Use the time to do something you enjoy. - I love to fly fish, but I don’t get to go near as often as I’d like to. For me, being on the water is a zen-like experience. It’s good for the mind and body. This time gives me an opportunity to go and recharge my batteries. What do you enjoy? Do that.
4. Use the time to prepare. - Though you are in a holding pattern now, there are things that are going to happen. Some you may be aware of, some not. Use the time to get a jump on whatever is coming next.
5. Use the time to rest. - It’s ok to rest sometimes. You don’t have to go full on, full out all the time. No one can sustain that pace. So take this time for R & R because once the waiting is over, it’s likely there will be little time for that.
Each situation is different and there are numerous things you can do while you wait but my point is to use your time. We are only given a limited amount and it would be a shame to let it go to waste.