4 Things To Do While You Wait For The Big Opportunity

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4 Things You Could Be Doing While Waiting!

How many times have we sat idle waiting for a huge opportunity to find us when there are a zillion things we can do while waiting?

About two months ago, while cooking, the cooking gas finished on me! If you are the type that enjoys cooking and healthy homemade food, you will understand the dilemma I was thrown into that day.

I was hungry, irritated and greatly vexed! I had no other choice than to place a call to the “Gasman”, a local contractor who does home deliveries for cooking gas. So I called and he promised to be at my place in one hour.

Fortunately, what I was cooking wouldn’t go bad without heat so I decided to wait. Went to my bedroom and started playing my favorite game, Sudoku on my phone. I kept looking at the time, an hour passed, Mr. Gas man never showed up.

Even ‘Sudoku” which I usually play with so much concentration, ignoring all and sundry around me could not hold my attention! By now my stomach has started rumbling and protesting seriously against neglect with so much zealousness like an amnesty member!

I called Mr. Gas man again and he said he had a flat tire! A flat tire?!! For crying out loud, why today? Why didn’t the bloody truck break down the previous day or better still after delivering my gas? Lol. I had it bad.

The Epiphany

After that call, I had an ‘epiphany”. Everyone claims to have epiphanies these days so why shouldn’t I? In any case, I did have an epiphany. I had this sudden energy burst from nowhere so I decided to do some work around my apartment.

Went from cleaning the bathroom, to do some laundry, then rearranged my bedroom and my bookshelf.

I had some new books I had bought and had yet to arrange in my bookshelf, so I did all that. I also had time to mop the floors even though they weren’t dirty. I am one of those persons that are “freaks” with that adage “cleanliness is next to godliness”!

It was when I was cleaning my porch the gas man showed up! Guess what? It was like four hours after I made the call. In the process of doing chores around the house, I completely lost touch of time and also forgot I was hungry!

Time Management & The Waiting Game

In life, people tend to wait all their lives for that job, promotion, money, opportunity, relationship to get better. We tend to lose ourselves while waiting for something to happen in our careers, finances, family, relationships etc. We forget that there are so many things out there that we need to learn, know about and experience.

1. Get A Professional Certification

We forget that there are a zillion things out there that we need to get involved in, we forget that there is one more professional qualification that we need to secure to climb higher in the ladder of success and be better persons both for ourselves and those around us.

Self-improvement is key to succeeding in life. These 3 Self Improvement Books For A Better You is a great way to start.

Google Digital Skills Africa, Coursera, Allison, Udemy are great places for professional certifications. There are even free courses.

I recently got certified for Digital Marketing by Google and it was all free. You just need to be dedicated.

What is stopping you?

2. Acquire A Skill!

Why not use that time you are wasting, waiting for a job to go to a skills acquisition center? After all, it is a known and proven fact that true wealth is only acquired and achieved by those who are in business for themselves.

Why not use that precious time you are languishing on the altar of moodiness and irritability because top management bypassed you for a promotion, to get that professional certification “the one who was promoted by top management got from his/her personal funds?”. You may end up being employed by a bigger and greater company!

Here are 12 Computer Based Hobbies To Be More Tech Savvy

3. Go For Anger Management

Why not go for anger management class instead of bickering more with your spouse/partner because they said you have to wake up and manage your anger?

Get the scoop on Anger Management.

4. Do Some Charity Work

Use the hours you are wasting at the front of the TV (sedentary lifestyles does result in far-reaching health effects like obesity) to volunteer and help people in need at a local charity house or orphanage.

Life is BEAUTIFUL. The ups and downs make them even more beautiful if you have a “doing and winning” attitude.

There is no circumstance that is permanent because change is constant and ever will be. Manage and use your time well and you will be on your way to being a happier and more fulfilled person.

What are the “worthwhile” things you have done while waiting? Let’s share and see the good, the bad, the ugliest (urghhhhh) and of course the craz*iest!

Conclusion On Things To Do While Waiting

Often times we tend to wait for opportunities to “drop on our laps” while sitting idle doing nothing. This is in no way ideal. A waiting period should be a preparation period. These 4 things to do while waiting are a great way to prepare.

Of course there are a whole lot of things you can do. These are just a few examples of the things to do while waiting.

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Jennifer Pompaski
Jennifer Pompaski

Hi, my name is Jennifer. I am an Engineer by day and a blogger 24/7. I am passionate about Self Improvement & Productivity and this blog is dedicated to that passion! I hope you find it worthwhile each time you visit! If you do find anything helpful on here, kindly share because sharing is caring!

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  1. helenevlacho
    January 13, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Such a great point! Most of the time we forget to really live the life we want, waiting for the perfect moment or the money or any other person! But life is here and now, life is not waiting for us.

  2. Cheryl
    January 12, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    This is a really good thought provoking post. I sometimes wonder am I wasting my time in my 9-5 office job – I’m continuously waiting for the weekend every time Monday morning rolls around again – other times I appreciate the regularity and the organisation of it all; as I know what to aspect from it and that eases my mine – but why should I settle for a routine job that I’m not excited to go to every day my alarm goes off? I definitely have some serious thinking to do and this post has helped me realise that – thank you!

    • January 12, 2018 / 11:11 pm

      Thanks cheryl. I hope you find what works best! Happy new year to you and yours

  3. January 10, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    wait a second, do you not have twitter?

    • January 10, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Yes i do lol. I am following DGGYST and insomnia! It’s @jennipompaski

  4. January 10, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Ima tweet this little gem!

      • January 10, 2018 / 6:48 pm

        Durrr, ofcourse you are, I see you all the time, sorry, mama needs coffee!

  5. Ogale Patrick
    September 9, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    This is great because it is coming from the experience of a thinking mind. It is balanced diet which gives the mind power for self liberation, good time management and a successful lifestyle.

  6. Greg Agbavwe
    September 9, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Lovely read. Beautiful sequence of thought expression. I simply advice you do more of such. Looking forward.

    • August 10, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks Greg. I hope to get more of your thoughts on my blog posts!

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