When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Wayne Dyer

The view from my room in Lake Placid, NY as I write this post.

The other day I brought my car in to have the tires changed. As I was sitting in the waiting room a man who had been there for awhile came in and said out loud “If you added up all the time you spent waiting in life I wonder how much it would be”. He wasn’t talking to me, he was just announcing it to the room. He was clearly irritated and impatiently pacing.

I went back to reading the book that I brought in anticipation of having to “wait”. It was an interesting comment and it made me start thinking. I don’t think I spend much time waiting for anything. When I go to give blood or have an appointment or have to bring my car in I bring a book or make calls or use the time to sort through emails. I have a lot of things to do and pacing around the room “waiting” isn’t one of them.

It’s all about perspective. This man considered this time wasted. He knew he had this appointment and in preparation did nothing but think about the time he would be waiting. He didn’t think about what he could do in that time to better spend it. If asked, he would probably tell you that he doesn’t have enough time to read a book or that he never has enough time to get through his emails.

I have committed to reading 30 minutes per day so I saw this appointment as an opportunity to get my daily reading in. I think we could do this more in life, take situations that we perceive as negative and see how we can benefit from them or use them in a positive way. I am going to be mindful of this and when something negative or inconvenient comes up, see if I can spin it into something positive.

Not only was I productive during this time, while the man “waiting” wasn’t. I left happy and accomplished and he left agitated and in a negative mindset.

“I don’t have time” is the grown up version of “the dog ate my homework”

La Jolla, CA
I love flying. Not only because it usually means I’m going somewhere cool. I actually like being on the plane. The thing I love about it is how productive I am. I’m flying home from San Diego right now and I’ve gotten all kinds of things done. Why? Because there are no distractions. I have a really bad habit of picking up my phone and looking at it, looking at… stuff. I’m usually not looking at anything in particular but I feel the need to pick it up. Opening and closing apps, checking Instagram for the fifth time in five minutes. What exactly am I hoping to see?

And this is why I love being on the plane. I’m offline. I know that I can’t check any of the social media sites or my email so my phone stays in my purse and I do more productive things.

I am aware of the distractions that I have and I have been working on eliminating them, but it’s a process… and it’s hard to stop. I try to remind myself of the goals that I want to achieve and that the time could be spent working on that, rather than seeing what’s new on Facebook… and there is rarely anything new.

For those of you who say “I don’t have enough time” I dare you to take a look at the things that you are doing that are wasting your time. What are you distractions? What are you giving into that is preventing you from achieving your goals and reaching your dreams?

Are you playing Candy Crush, are you looking for the latest idea on Pinterest (that you’re never going to make), or are you spending YOUR time reading about celebrities lives (people you don’t even know)?

Making small changes in your daily routine will dramatically change your life.  And the more you change, the more you want to change.

So what are your goals?

Do you want to lose weight?  Put the chips down, turn Survivor off and go cut up some vegetables.

Do you want to run a marathon?  Stop playing Tetrus (am I aging myself?) and go for a run.

Do you want to open your own catering company? Stop reading about the Kardashians and start researching what it would take to make it happen!

Distraction is the great destoyer of dreams.  Why be busy being busy when you’re built to inspire the world? ~ Robin Sharma