Ten working hours. That’s a reality for many people. In my forty years in the workplace, my workday door to door averaged about ten hours, even though I was usually paid for eight. It was simple math really. I usually had a half hour commute both ways and an hour-long lunch period. While I had freedom to do what I wanted at lunch, I was far from home and it limited my choices.
The reality was, for many years I had a complainer mindset. I hated my commute and would get visibly agitated in traffic. I was constantly complaining about the lines at lunch. Many times I would hang at with others at work and spend breaks and lunch complaining about everything. It’s really easy to get really negative in a group. Our jobs were bad, everything was unfair etc, etc.
Then one day I picked up a book by Dale Carnegie, called How to Win Friends and Influence People. This simple book helped change my life. Over time, the concepts I learned changed my mindset from complaining to one of productivity and abundance. This led to books on productivity from John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, and David Allen.
By taking on a productivity mindset, I became interested in time management. Once I started tracking my time, I realized that I was wasting much of my day away. Wasted time in traffic, wasted time in lines, wasted breaks. For years, it made me mad. I kept thinking; this stupid job I have is making me sit in traffic and eat at this crowded and expensive deli. If only I could get a job closer to home.
I can remember brooding about my situation. I was a victim of Southern California traffic. I can tell you this. A victim mentality is deadly. It instantly took the focus off of me and put the blame on some government traffic bureaucrats. In my mind, I was helpless to do anything about it.
Then I read a short disastrous blog post from Michael Hyatt, and I asked myself one simple question. . .
What does this make possible?
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