The most exciting/anxiety-inducing thing growing up was waiting on a package. To be honest, it’s still exciting to get a package in the mail. It was very rare though as a child, and as I bugged my mom about when my new game or whatever it was, was coming, she’d just tell me to be patient, it’ll get here when it gets here. That’d often make me even more anxious as I sit by the window looking for the UPS man. As we grow up, we’re often advised to “be patient”, but what we end up doing is waiting. There’s a difference between the virtue of patience and the stagnant process of waiting. Learn to take advantage of our work when times force us to be patient.
Patience vs. Waiting
Patience: “…the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like”
Waiting: “to stay in place in expectation of”
-Dictionary.com and good ole Merriam Webster
Endurance. The prime principle of being patient is “bearing” through a time when you’re uncomfortable. Little Juan was anxious for his package to come but instead of being patient, he became irritated and sat waiting for it to come to him. Many of us sit around waiting for good things and better times to come to us. When there is little to do to get what we want faster, we tend to get into a habit of constant waiting. This habit leads to unproductivity on tasks we could be working on. There is no reason to be stagnant, “When you’re not whitening, you’re yellowing”. Instead of sitting around, here are some things you could be doing:
1) Find a Way to Continue
When you’re working on a task and there’s a roadblock in your way that keeps you from continuing immediately, find a way to continue your work as far as you can. For example, there’d be times where I’d have no internet access but I’d still need to write a post. Although this is discouraging, I’d find a workaround. I’d type up the post in a Word document and post it whenever I can get internet. Even more discouraging is when I don’t have a computer nearby. The process is still the same, find a workaround. I’d write up an even more detailed outline than I usually do by hand and just transfer that to a computer when I can. Even though these extensive actions would require more time, I’m not wasting time doing nothing. You want to always move forward.
2) Work on the Next Relevant Task
It’s not good for your mind to jump from task to task and not finish a thing, but after you’ve gone as far as you could with one task, move onto the next relevant task in your field. Continuing with the example, after I do as much as I can before posting, I can move onto the next relevant task like creating new titles for upcoming posts to build ideas. The concept is to always be moving ahead instead of remaining stagnant.
We don’t have the option to stop and get mad and complain when we hit a roadblock. We have to get our shit done. The conditions may not be ideal but there is no reason to pause everything and wait for things to get better. Right now, I’m writing this away from my normal desk in my dorm. Where I am now, there’s non-stop talking and distractions all around me. I couldn’t think straight at all. I turned off the TV and worked on my outline rather than the actual post until the commotion died down. I did what I had in my power to do to make myself as comfortable as I could. We’re not always going to be 100% comfortable, but that is no reason to not put in 100% effort. This is Juan from Lonely Wallet, make sure you’re subscribed to our email alerts so you’ll be the first to experience our newest posts. Out.