Why you should embrace activities that are a waste of time
Have you ever done something and thought it was a complete waste of time? Something like working in retail and having to stand in front of the store to greet people as they walk in for hours on end?
Sounds like a mundane and time wasting task, right? This is exactly what I would do from time to time at my last job. My boss would come to me and say, “Armando, you are going to greet for two hours.” I would turn back and already be thinking before I replied, “Man, this is going to be awful. What a waste of my day!”
However, this mindset changed once I realized that the habits I was forming while greeting could benefit me in other areas of my life. This was not my mentality until I heard a different perspective from a podcast on iTunes by the name of “The MFCEO Project.” The host’s perspective was one of taking pride in everything you do.
When I heard this, it was mind-blowing because I realized how many people, including myself, do not do this and take most activities for granted.
I would already begin adopting a negative mindset by thinking that being a greeter was not worth my time and that I was above that.
I decided to try out the mindset of taking advantage of even “waste of time” activities and the results were phenomenal.
1. Take pride in whatever you do.
I walked into work the day after hearing this podcast and told myself that I would be the best damn greeter anyone had ever seen!
In fact, I was going to make sure that every single potential customer I saw was greeted with a genuine smile, and I was going to point out one thing that stood out about that specific person. This could have been amazingly polished nails to brand new Nikes. Whatever the case, I was going to make it specific and say “I love your pristine white Nike’s. They go really well with your outfit that you pull off.” Simply by changing my mentality about something I found so dull changed the way I viewed my job duties.
Not only were potential customers turning into customers quickly, but they were saying things like, “Wow! I cannot believe you noticed my new nails. You are the first person to notice!” I even made some crazy interesting connections that lead to job opportunities simply because people notice when someone takes pride in what they do. Time went faster, I found myself enjoying retail more, and even my boss would come up to me and say, “What happened to the old Armando? This new Armando is so happy and it is very noticeable!”
2. Focus solely on the task at hand.
The most successful people I know focus on the here and now. This allows the consistency of doing this every single day to expand exponentially as the days become months and years. Before they know it, they have accomplished what they set out to do and more!
For example, when I was a greeter, I would only focus on being amazing because, with 100% of my focus on that, the results I generated allowed me to be especially proud of myself. I saw that people would notice that in me. People are attracted to someone who takes pride in what they do and whether it be working as a doctor or taking out the trash, be the best person you can be at it!
3. Be enthusiastic about it!
One cannot take pride in what they do, much less focus on what they are doing long-term if they are not enthusiastic! The best way I have found for this to occur is to smile. Our facial expressions can influence the way we actually feel, so even if there is no one around, force yourself to smile, and soon enough, you will be on your way to a happier day.
People naturally want to be around happier people, so smile, because you never know whose day you can change by simply giving them a free of charge smile.
It truly is crazy to think that the most minute things in life are what push you forward. Whether it be randomly calling your friend for five minutes to check in, sending your girlfriend her favorite flowers on a random day, or bringing snacks for people to share in the library, it all matters. Walking around with a notion of doing the right thing and trying to make other people’s days will in turn make your day.
I promise you people will notice, and opportunities will start to come your way. It is a simple concept of taking pride in what you do, but not many people do it and it is obvious by their body language or speech.
Be different. Be the person who energy is so infectious that one around you will have no choice but to have a better day because of you, and for that reason you will be unforgettable.