Let me tell you about my latest adventure. I am at the public library. Why? Because children have to be quiet at the library. As a Mom, you take all the peace and quiet you can get, am I right?
I’ve got three brand new, shiny binders to collect and sort all the research I’ve done for my blog and my blog topics. I would have just bought a paper hole punch too, but they only had one of those one-hole jobbies at the store. I was NOT going to waste my time *insert laughter here* punching all those papers one by one.
The sweet library lady let me borrow their industrial sized paper hole punch. Perfect. I’m going to get all this stuff punched, organized, and then work on my blog. WRONG. Their industrial sized paper hole punch turned out to be in pretty poor condition. I struggled with the punch. I manhandled it, determined to get my stack of papers organized. Needless to say, this was taking a lot longer than I had intended.
I continued to struggle and waste more of my precious time. Suddenly, it broke! A metal piece popped out of the paper hole punch and bounced off my chest onto the floor. Picture me crawling around on the floor looking for this metal bit that holds the spring in place. I am panicking. What kind of offense is it to break public library equipment? I can’t let them see that I just broke this thing!
I am struggling and wrestling with this paper hole punch trying to put this little metal piece and the spring back into the punch. I tried. I tried some more. I tried some more. Finally, I had to admit defeat. The darned thing was like Humpty-dumpty. It just wouldn’t go back together again.
Embarrassed, I walked to the front desk and admitted to the sweet library lady that I had accidentally broken their paper hole punch. Luckily, she was very gracious and didn’t put me in library jail or anything for breaking it.
Now I can get to work. Holy cow. I just wasted 45 minutes on this task! My time is too precious to waste. I need to stop wasting time!
How To Stop Wasting Time:
- Be prepared. Had I prepared myself for this task, I would have had the right equipment for the job. I wouldn’t have had to borrow (and break!) someone else’s equipment.
- Ask for help! Don’t let pride get in the way. If your task is better served with assistance, then by all means stop struggling by yourself. GO GET HELP! Sometime you just need to reach out for that helping hand. You are not weak for asking. You’re just human, and sometimes humans need help.
- Set a time limit. Time is precious. We can’t ever get back the time we waste. I know as a Mom you don’t ever want to give up or give in. Once in a while, it’s okay to admit defeat. Sometimes we just need to stop working on tasks that no longer matter.
Let me repeat. Our time is too precious to waste. Stop wasting time!
Until our next adventure,
As a Mom, what are some of the tasks that suck up your time? Inquiring Moms want to know! Comment below.