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Have you ever had a faucet start dripping, even when turned off? I’ve heard that some people even wait months before finally getting such faucets repaired! (ouch)  In the mean time, countless gallons of water slipped past their intended use.

Life can be a lot like a dripping faucet. We have such potential, such a capacity for success, but we let life’s little drips siphon away our effectiveness.

Every person can become more effective by addressing three common ‘drips’ in their life.

What we see

Taking a minute to check our messages on our phone, or Facebook, or twitter, is not, in and of itself, bad. But often minutes grow into hours, and this casual activity becomes all-consuming.

Even checking email, presumably to stay on top of work, can become a habitual interruption of otherwise effective times of work, or necessary times of rest.

What we eat

Snacking is a “drip” that keeps popping up in my life. A nibble here, a nibble there. A fist of snacks, just one more cookie, and a second portion at meals all add up to some substantial “waist”.

What we do

I’m always more productive when I exercise. It’s one of those things that seems to be a no-brainer. Just do it, right?

But many of us have to fight the magnetic pull of a sedentary life. Every day we don’t get moving physically is like a drip, a drip that will eventually limit our options and dampen our effectiveness.

Stop the drip

Most of the challenges in our lives are the daily ones. The choices we make as we check our phones, stand in front of the refrigerator, and plan our days.

Here’s a tip on how to start making better choices.   Envision the choices you make today being replicated each and every day for an entire year. The importance of each choice becomes clearer when we multiply that choice by 365 days in a year.

One drop of water is not our problem, it’s the cumulative effect of our daily choices that needs our attention.

What drips need your attention today?

Redeem the Time

December 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

I have found a great little device that has helped me become more efficient and effective- in and away from my office.

I’m talking about the LG Electronics HBS-700 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Bluetooth Headset.

It’s easy to pair this wireless headset with your bluetooth-enabled cell phone and begin placing and receiving phone calls while using the headset.

While I’m in my office, I use this lightweight headset to easily participate in conference calls with my iPhone.

No more sore “cell phone cradle neck” from contorting my neck and shoulders to hold my phone while I free up my hands to type or write.

It also allows more freedom than a speaker phone because I slip my iPhone in my pocket and easily walk around while on a call.

The unit has a talk time of about 10 hours which allows for extended use throughout the day. It charges back up in two to three hours and is ready to go again.

When I’m out of the office, I use the LG HBS-700 to make and receive calls when I’m in my truck. It’s easier and safer than trying to juggle my phone while on the go. It has a few simple buttons that allow me to answer calls and adjust the earbud volume.

Another way I use the LG headset is to listen to podcast recordings. I subscribe to multiple podcasts and always have several episodes queued up and ready in my phone. The headset makes it easy to catch up on those podcasts that I enjoy but have a hard time making time for. This one use of the headset helps me to redeem the time on road trips and even during short errands. A button on the headset allows me to easily start and stop the audio playback.

I also enjoy using the headset to listen to music or podcasts while I exercise. It’s the ultimate “kill two birds with one stone” scenario when you can exercise AND listen to an informational or motivational audio at the same time! Since the headset is wireless, I don’t have to contend with “cord management” issues inherent with corded earbuds.

As you plan for the new year, if increasing your efficiency is on your mind, think about trying the LG HBS-700.