I had an “Aha” moment on Saturday. Do you remember the V8 commercial where the person hits the palm of their hand against their forehead and says, “I could have had a V8”? Yep, it was one of those moments.
You see, we have horses and pastures and there’s one area of the pasture that I’m going to clean off and make into a riding arena. It’s probably the only flat piece of the property there is, but it’s rocky. I’m talking big rocks, little rocks, and all sizes in between. Not boulders, but rocks. The kind that a horse stumbles over and steps on and goes “ouch!” Not good for a riding area. So one thing I need to do is pick up rocks by the tractor bucket full – not even wheelbarrow full. By the way, if you need rocks for your landscaping purposes, come visit us – but be sure to bring your trailer, gloves, and a good back!
Anyway, I decide while I’m picking up rocks that I’ll take my mp3 player and listen to one of the many teleseminar recordings I’ve downloaded (some on the virtual assistant industry and others on blogging, article marketing, marketing your business in general, Infusionsoft Mastermind calls, et cetera). If you’re like me, you sign up for teleseminars, telesummits and the like only to not be able to attend the live call but to download the recording to listen to at your leisure. And then the recording sits on your desktop and waits…and waits…and waits for you to finally stop to listen to it.
A long time ago I transferred several recordings from my desktop to my inexpensive mp3 player. You don’t need an iPod. Mine is an inexpensive RCA, available for about $30 at Walmart. But still, I never seem to stop to listen.
So yesterday I listened to one while I picked up rocks, then the next one started and I listened to it while I did my daily routine of spending time with the stray cat that showed up at the barn several months ago, getting feed and hay ready for horses, and feeding horses (standing guard so the first one done doesn’t chase another one off from her food). This daily routine that I do twice a day takes me about 45 minutes each time.
And that’s when my “I could have had a V8” moment came. While doing my daily routine of caring for the animals I could be listening to a teleseminar recording! Why hadn’t I thought of that sooner?! It’s perfect. I’m usually deep in thought daydreaming…I could be deep in thought doing something productive.
Now, you might be thinking “What if I need to take notes?” Carry a little notepad and pen in your back pocket. If it’s a really good one that you should be taking lots of notes, you can set a time to listen to it later. But really, how many recordings are that good? You may pick up one or two points of interest during that hour-long call, and you can easily make a note of it on your notepad.
So my challenge to you is what are you doing in your everyday routine that you could multi-task and begin chiseling down those recordings? And if you’re not signing up for teleseminars and telesummits, then I challenge you to do so! Find experts in your areas of interest (work related and non-work related) and sign up. It’s a great way to keep your mojo going.