November 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm (Communications, Organization)
Tags: Bejeweled, Wasting time
The other week a colleague asked me how much time I slept because he thought I was one of those people who only needed a few hours. It was the only way he could figure out how I do as much as I do.
(Captured from Bejeweled)
The truth is I need sleep, and at least 7 hours. Any less and I’m cranky and not on my game. More than eight hours, I get a headache.
My success is that I am able to prioritize and focus. But not always.
Sometimes, I trick myself and set a timer. Until the timer goes off, I have to write, or clean, or pay bills. Sometimes I buy a venti-sized coffee, extra hot, shut my door and work for hours – or at least until the coffee is gone.
When I’m not getting much done, I stop and look at how I’m spending my time. I’ve discovered I most likely could have built the Empire State building in record time. Or walked a few times across the Wall of China – at least according to the statistics for how much time people spend playing Bejeweled. I’ve contributed many hours.
Television is another time zapper, and most people know that. For me, though, getting lost in a good book can zap my time. If I really want to put off getting work done at home, I’ll delve into an extra long book and try to justify the time even though I know better.
We all need to decompress, but it’s also important to ensure that we aren’t simply wasting time or avoiding a deadline. Do you know what your time wasters are?
July 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm (Communications)
Tags: AdWeek/Harris Poll, Bejeweled, NCIS
As I’m watching an episode of “NCIS,” I also am writing this blog. When I’m finished, I need to buy something online. And then I’ll have to update my Facebook page, which may also lead to a game of Bejeweled.
Apparently I’m not alone in my distracted TV viewing habits. An Adweek/Harris Poll shows that Americans are not giving their undivided attention to their TV screens. According to the survey, while watching TV most Americans also
- Surf the Internet (56%)
- Read a book, magazine or newspaper (44%)
- Go on a social networking site (40%)
- Text on their mobile phone (37%).
The survey did not draw any conclusions as to what the findings mean. And I don’t have time to figure it out because “NCIS” is getting good.
June 20, 2010 at 11:19 am (Communications, Leadership)
I admit it — I’m addicted to Bejeweled. It’s a mindless escape for me after a long day.
The other evening I had an exceptionally good score (well, for me, anyway). And I felt really good.
Of course, I had to stop and analyze why. And it’s because when I managed a move that gave me lots of points, the disembodied voice would say “Excellent,” “Spectacular,” and, my favorite, “Incredible.”
There would be blazing electricity and noises as if I were watching fireworks.
And that’s when it hit me — I need to do the same at work. Small wins deserve an “Excellent!” from me. And those really phenomenal successes should be met with a “Spectacular!” and perhaps some hand clapping or the banging of a gong.
I’m serious. Too often, we’re so busy focused on the next activity or goal that we forget to recognize the sucesses that we achieve.
Thanks to Bejeweled, I’m planning to add some more bling to my management style.