Wasting time infuriates me. When I say ‘wasting’ time, I don’t mean the relaxed Sunday afternoon with no fixed plans kind of ‘wasting’ time. I mean the energy draining on hold waiting for the Gas company to finally pick up your call. Or the Broadband company who have no idea what they are doing other than seemingly not understanding that it is simply impossible to take their service with me when I move because they don’t provide the area with their services. URGGGHHH I hate wasting time.
So having spent the best part of a Monday morning trying to get hold of a human being to speak to at HMRC, being on hold for almost 18 minutes to my Gas and Electricity supplier AND having a 25-minute web chat followed by a phone conversation with the broadband company, I am done with wasting time. Maybe I should rephrase that. It’s wasted energy and wasting time. Time, that is precious and time that I want to have so I can be productive and get shit done!
I’m the kind of person who needs to have a to do list written before I begin my day. I am also the kind of person who will add things I have done to my to do list in order to be able to cross it off. The feeling of satisfaction is great. Ridiculous some might think, others I know are smiling because they do exactly the same thing. Come on admit it!
So when I am thrown a curve ball and find myself with very little crossed off my list because of ‘wasting time’ I really do find my stress levels starting to rise and the feeling of frustration taking hold. It is at this moment that I use my positive mantras and focus on my breathing. I also do something else, I take myself into peripheral vision. It might seem like a rather random thing to do, and maybe some of you are saying ‘what is peripheral vision?’
What Is Peripheral Vision
In its simplest terms, Peripheral vision is – sidevision. It is the ability to see objects and movement outside of the direct line of vision. I learnt about allowing yourself to ‘get into’ peripheral vision very early on in my NLP journey. Not only is it known as the learning state, but it is also tapping into the unconscious mind. As some of you might know the unconscious mind does not process negatives, so by getting myself into peripheral vision I am not only in the learning state so I will take on far more information, I am also helping myself by remaining in a more positive state that will serve me much more effectively than any negative ones.
Have a go- it might just help you remain calm when you are wasting time.