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I Wasted My Time Watching That Mouse

I still remember watching and waiting from a distance.

Many moons ago, I still remember setting up a mouse trap with my grandmother in Korea and waiting for a rodent to be caught.

It was dark in the room.

It seemed like we were watching and waiting forever.

At long last, ding dong the mouse was finally dead.

mousetrapEw, that would gross me out today.

It reminds me of the saying, “A watched pot never boils.”

Watching and waiting too much for things to happen whether in business or life are a huge waste of time.

And it makes it seem longer.

One of my business mentors once wisely said that nothing just happens with time, meaning that you can’t just sit around and wait for things to happen.

I am not a proponent of multi-tasking, yet I do subscribe to the idea buy cipro us that as an entrepreneur, it’s wise to have different business projects going on.

You can still focus on each project intently and give it the attention it deserves while another project may be on temporary hiatus.

As a wife and homeschool Mom, I need to be flexible and focused on different tasks, but I deem them all important. ย If I wait for circumstances to be perfect before I perform the tasks for my home and business projects, then I am wasting precious time that cannot be bought back.

If you wait, you waste.

What tips would you give so that you are not wasting your time in life and your business pursuits? I would love to hear your comments.


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About the author, Annett

Annett Bone is the creator and host of The DancePreneuring Studio where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by dance, life, and business. The podcast is a reflection of her personal adventure overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after a 20+ year hiatus, the lessons that she has learned along the way, and proving that itโ€™s never too late to be great.


  1. Annett Bone on July 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Thanks for the comment! LOL, I just am not a fan of rodents! It’s amazing to me still how people still undervalue putting actual work into your goals.

  2. Sara Bradford on July 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    That’s kind of how I felt about the last bat in my house. I somehow got it into my head that if I locked the door it would somehow go away. It didn’t. My cat, however, had fun.
    My biggest tip for preventing time wasting? Don’t do it unless you give a care. if you’re building a business based on a “need” instead your needs it won’t have the kind of success you want – because deep down you DON’T want it. That’s when the “waiting” starts, I guess.
    So don’t wait!!!!

    • Annett Bone on July 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Thanks for the comment Sara. So where do you live that you have bats in your house? LOL about your cat! Funny, I was just talking to someone about doing a business just because of “needs” as you had mentioned.

  3. Renata Paล‚ka on July 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Great post, maybe without the dead mouse ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’m one of those that like mice and other rodents, so… Nvm. Back to the topic – yes, things don’t happen without actions and there is no better time than now! Thanks for reminding me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annett Bone on July 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Thanks for the comment Renata. No worries, my husband and son think wombats are cuddly, me, not so much, but maybe I’ll change my mind LOL. You’re right, there is no better time than now!

  4. ttoombs08 on July 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I keep a running list of “To Do” and prioritize them. That way, I never have any down time. I also keep a running list of blogging ideas so I never run out of things to write about. Love the story of the mouse. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Found you from the UBC.

    • Annett Bone on July 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Thank you for the tip! I think it’s important to keep that running list going and reviewing your priorities constantly. I use Evernote and Workflowy for these lists ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Brenda Spandrio on July 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Another perspective on this is “God can’t steer a parked car!” Getting started, moving, no matter what direction, starts momentum!

    • Annett Bone on July 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Thanks for the comment Brenda. Yes, motion and momentum no matter what so that God can steer you in the right direction ๐Ÿ™‚

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