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Dawdle Now, Pay Later

Jun 8, 2016

Posted by

Jeff Davidson

Jeff Davidson, the Work Life Balance Expert ®, can move an audience like few others. Jeff offe Read more

Your everyday supermarket carries 40,000 items or more, twice as many as a decade ago. There are so many products, so many brands and sub-species of those brands that no consumer is safe from the bombardment of choice overload. The manufacturers plead mea culpa -- they are trying to differentiate their products to reach selected niches, a vital and necessary component of survival in the hyper-intense capitalistic jungle. For example, more than 16 varieties just of Colgate toothpaste, in excess of 75 types of Pantene hair care treatments, over 110 varieties of Hallmark greeting cards, and untold numbers of other products just from the same vendor in the same product line are available.

A huge variety of product offering doesn’t aid consumers. It is insanity. From the vast array of athletic shoes to bagels to cell phones to bottled water, there quickly becomes a point at which mega-choices, like mega-information, do not serve the consumer; they abuse him. It seems everywhere you turn, people seek to complicate things. Agents do this with prospects all the time.

Many of the devices that we buy could serve us simply, but do they?  From TVs to smart phones and everything in between, are our electronic gadgets are running us ragged. While technology has contributed to productivity increases, people everywhere continue to wrestle with how to employ technology to best advantage.

Endless Tinkering

Computers, laptops, and notebooks thwart, contort, and befuddle us. We mess around with fonts, change screen backgrounds, slow down or increase mouse speed. We tweak and we piddle. We spend countless hours preparing Powerpoint slides that most people forget in seconds. We generate reports in duplicate and triplicate, all which end up serving only one function for most of the recipients -- to collect dust.

We sit, or stand, in front of our screens and try take control of our little corner of the world. We communicate with others and do our best to stay on top of things, but at the same time, we visit our favorite blogs, comparison shop online, and pass our time going back and forth between different social networking sites -- not the essence of getting things done.

The temptation that the Internet provides can lure even the most diligent, loyal, and hard working among us.  Who has not strayed during the course of the day, sometimes for prolonged periods? Who has not taken chunks of time here and there away from their day, proceeding all the while as if it won't make a difference? 

Blame Yourself

You can rationalize your escapes as long as you get the job done, i.e. who cares if you take a couple of minutes here and there for your own interests?  Besides, you’re not on the clock, you’re totally on commissions. Hopefully, desirably, thankfully, you’re not among the lot who strays for large blocks of time throughout the day. You have the ability to self-regulate. You recognize that we live in an information overloaded society with too many websites, publications, and electronic media bidding for your attention.  So you meter your time judiciously and stay focused on listing and selling.