Having so many things to take care of it’s not surprising that many of us are yearning for more hours in a day. I often wish if I only had 48 or at least 36 hours in a day, my life would’ve been so much easier and organized. But since this will forever remain in history as wishful thinking, I need to find other ways to make things work in a more efficient way.
Recently I started taking my laptop with me to work. I turn it on during my scenic ride on a seabus from North Vancouver to Vancouver and back. The trip takes less than 15 minutes, but I was amazed to see how much can be accomplished during that relatively short period of time. In fact, I’m typing these words while looking outside my seabus window at the Vancouver port that’s getting closer every passing second.
Genius Einstein was right – everything is relative in our life. What can be accomplished in those 15 minutes depends on how you spend them.
At times when I desperately needed to get home or to work as quickly as possible, it seemed that those 15 minutes were dragging forever, making it look that I’ll be stuck in the middle of Pacific ocean for the rest of my life.
On other occasions, those were the most efficient 15 minutes I had during the day. I’d manage to address a few of the emails in the Inbox, silently waiting for my reply, or I’d quickly finish some urgent work for my client.
I used to complain why there’s no internet access on the seabus, but then I realized that it would only slow things down. There’s always time to check and read emails, but I often struggle with finding time to respond to some of those emails. Fortunately, I don’t belong to a category of extremely busy people who are getting hundreds of business emails daily, and are declaring an email bankruptcy . Internet is great, but it’s also one of the greatest distractions ever created by humans.
Now I’m glad that I can quietly work offline for at least 25-30 min during my daily commute. I just have to discipline myself to unplug my laptop from the internet at home as well, and get more efficient without obsessively checking my emails or switching from one blog to another, or chatting online.
I won’t lie, it took me a bit longer than one seabus ride to complete this post (and I definitely need an internet access to publish this), but at least I had a productive start, inspired by a gorgeous sunny Vancouver morning.
How about you? How do you get yourself together, keep things organized and stay more efficient and productive throughout the day?