between the raindrops": An expression for effortlessly
dodging the splashes and soakings of everyday life. If ever
there was once a fabled guy or gal able to seemingly walk through
life's storms non-chalantley and not get wet, that Gatsby styled
character is a long-gone fantasy in today's world.
day in today's world. How many things do we do, which involve the
unglamorus task of... waiting? Think about it. From home
life; to driving; to shopping;
to daily tasks: if we each tracked the number of things in an
average week, of which we simply wait
to get through a task, we would be dismayed at the lost time:
Time which could be spent toward real fullfillment; time that should be
spent investing in our individual purposes.
Why are we
"waiting" so much? Most studies point to population increase.
the world population is predicted to be 8 billion. 2038: 9
billion. 2055: 10 billion. 2088: 11 billion. Plain
and simply: people will naturally keep having babies. We are
beginning to see the effects of over-population, particularly in urban
no better time than now, to think and
plan for this
future, to maximize the quality of life for you, your children, and
are unaware of the global population reality and its affect on their
future generations quality of life. In a over crowded urban
areas, can swiftly erode one's sense of purpose. In fact any
anthropoligist, historian, or social scientists report that it is
unnatural for humans to function within layers of people crammed
emobilized by too many people -- particularly when we willingly
substitute those crowds as real "community" -- takes
it's toll on our ambition. It erodes our common decency with one
another. And dealing with over-crowding deteriorates our
physical health. There is no heroismin
successfully herding through masses of people; Any mislabeled virtue in
heroically tolerating ridiculously long lines is a learned and
accepted propoganda within "consumer compliance." And that kind
of wait will NOT
be honored at anyone's memorial.
virtues still exisit -- beyond wading through the mob --, and
you crave more quality time: you are on the right
page. Yours and your children's mental and physical stress can be
significantly reduced in this century. But such solutions take
thoughtful planning as early in life as possible: a road less traveled.
some tips to avoid the unnatural expecation of trying to thrive in a packed area. These
ideas will maximize the very
natural quality time we crave to persue purpose.
These life hacks will help generate time: for those tired of living
as brainwashed consumers, and would rather lead in developing solutions
to our significant challenges coming. As of the
date above on this Abbamedia.org website, the below stradegies are
available to you. We will update regularly as expanding
speed internet 2) Laptop 3) Smartphone
the tools "raindrop walkers" use to bypass the frey. You may
already have these three tools. But you might not have learned to
fully harness their potential. Below, the stradegies will help
inspire you to use these basics and gain time away from wasteful
waiting. Can't afford it? You can't not afford it. Even
financed, all three are available at affordable monthly
rates. A phone call to your local hi-speed internet provider
along with a visit to your local computer store, and your family will
have the technology to shuttle you and yours ahead of the crowd.
YOUR TIME SAVING SITES
matter what broswer your computer favors or you favor, you should
"FAVORITE" sites which save time. By using easily accessible
favorited sites, the convential stand-in-line lifestyle is bypassed
with useful information to avoid the lines, or better -- processing the
business we need immediately without ever leaving home. Adding a
FAVORITE site is easy. Find the "add-to" or "favorite" button and
the website you are currently on will be added to a favorites' list in
your browser's favorites folder. Some browsers let you drag the
URL directly into the favorites folder. In that folder you can organize
a preferred order they appear and/or delete as necessary.
EARLY; PLAN YOUNG: LIVE WHERE YOU WORK/WORK WHERE YOU LIVE (...or
you WILL get stuck).
school/college graduates rarely consider creating their work -- away from traffic. However,
the upcoming years, it will be absolutely essential for budding leaders
to avoid the pitfalls of working or living around over urbanization. Savy young people
will design their lifestyle away from
sitting in traffic. They will create an ideal home/work strategy
while in school. They will then flex /modify plans for real-life,
to live in areas that allows minimal commute time between home and work
and back. For some, choosing a virtual work environment may
eliminate work traffic for them altogether. Longer than ten
minutes of commute time in a high speed automobile is cheating time
from your goals.
REST, STUDY, CONNECT, OR ANYTHING -- BUT DRIVE DURING RUSH HOURS
a higher quality life means creating a solid and comfortable structure
for one's life as young as possible.
Well thought career aims will have a big impact toward how much time
you waste commuting during high peak traffic times. Is your
career dependent on large urban areas? Or, can your passions be
acheivied in less populated areas? As well, the route(s) and travel
times you choose can dramatically open up more time. No matter
your choice in work loaction, you can protect your peace and time through
real-time traffic updates and fastest routes options: "FAVORITE"
and habitually visit before driving Google Maps or
such real time websites as: https://wego.here.com/traffic
and employees have found they can save time and money on bypassing the
comute, and opting for telecommuting. By sharing dynamic data via 1)
teleconferencing (audio and/or video), 2) Collaboarative online
documents, 3) online presenation software, and 4) metastorage services
for file transfers, workers' offices can be anywhere their laptop can
go -- even your home office.
COMMUTE TIME TO GET AHEAD -- WORKING BY TRAIN, METRO TRANPSORT, OR CAR
If you are
not in a position to move to a less crowded area, nor work closer to or
home, be productive while someone else drives. Millions in
transition have kept a leg up on the competition simply by doing away
with the status of driving their own car. Their secret:
they create a portable office to tie up loose ends such as 1) Phone
calls 2) Emails 3) Calendaring 4) Presentation preparation 5) Research
6) On-line transactions 7) Study 8) Long range planning, and much
more. Think how just these few activities saved for the commute
can open up more live meaningful interaction with co-workers (at work)
and family (at home). This kind of time management is how people
systematically get ahead, and carve out purposeful interaction with
those that matter to them. It all goes back to careful planning
and execution of one's lifestyle.
FAST LANES IN A HYBRID / ELECTRIC VEHICLE
owning or leasing a hybrid/electric car, one has the option of speeding
through traffic in the car pool (HOV) lane. Most states reward
the clean-green commuter, allowing them to sail past the herd.
Another time-saver with these vehicles: you don't need to make an extra
stop for gas. Just plug it in in your garage! In other
words, you can get to work, home, or anywhere faster, with one
less stop of waiting in a gas sation line. There are still state
rebates available for purchasing a green car. Check with your
local state's guidlelines on getting handsome kickbacks when leasing or
purchasing a hybrid/electric. If you want to keep your gas
powered vehicle, consider a transponder which a fee grants vehicles
access to your available toll lanes. It may be worth the monthly
WAITING FOR FOOD
of this paragraph sounds ridiculous. And it is! Now,
industrialized nations are feeling the effects of population growth
with growing lines for buying food -- longer and longer waits. Whether
at the grocery store or eating out, here are some work-arounds to get
the food faster.
Tip 1: Why
wait a long time to be seated when everyone else is at the restaurant
-- during peak meal times. Choose restaurants that allow you to
call in an order and take it out. Just drive up, pick up, and
leave. You get to control your own ambience at home with loved
ones and friends.
2: Shop using grocery delivery on-line. You choose the time
they deliver. The extra fee for delivery is made up in the hour
of your productivity gained.
3: Grow a garden. It's healthier; It creates bonding
with family; and no crowds at the check-out.
4: Keep favorited delivery restaurants updated on your broswer
for easy/fast ordering.
Tip 5: Eat
or shop during off peak hours. Many places are open later and are
naturally less crowded when those following standard time patterns have
gone elsewhere. This same tip applies to doing business with
several of the below establishments.
GENERAL SHOPPING (Hardware, medication, gifts, household supplies,
Support small businesses: There are fewer shoppers there. Also,
there is a another winning stress reliever: You will
receive higher quality service from mom and pop stores -- beacuse their
pride of ownership directly reflects in their small family of
employees! These folks are the underdogs in a global
market. They will and do work harder than the bigger chain
employees. This in turn means you are supporting higher quality
jobs with less manufacturing coming from overseas. And, many
small businesses are now offering direct shipping to your home, just
like the big chains.
2: On-line merchandise: Like the ease of shopping for food
on-line, creating a favorites list of general shopping items not only
makes shopping simplers, it makes it
acheivable away from the lines at the store. Tracking supplies in
advance of shipping time will help conserve usage and precious time
away from the store. However some
like Amazon have fast shipping to one's door step often over
night. Also create on-line profile's for preferred shipping
UPS, and USPS all offer personalization for shippees deliveries,
(Text/email updates on specifc shippments; What time of day to deliver;
where to place package; signature waiver; etc.). Sign up on their
sites to maximize and track deliveries securely to your door or box.
GENERAL DAILY SERVICES:
Services: Why wait at a notoriously slow post office. Use a
privately owned "annex" giving local friendly customer service.
The lines are shorter; there are more options for shipping; there are
more services such as copying, printing, packing, fax, notary and
more. Most importantalyour personalized ongoing relationship with
annex can make transactions much more pleasant, while you are helping
Save your blood pressure from the throws of the sluggish DMV. Use their on-line services to complete many
services that require your presence, check with joining an Auto Club, offering DMV in person services. If you must visit
the DMV for a transaction: make an on-line appointment to speed pass
tip 1: Did you know on-line apps are updating constantly with more
sophistication -- now close to handling most banking
transactions. It will not be long before the bank building as we
know it will be obsolete. If you are not banking on-line or via
your mobile device, get ahead of the curve, and bypass another
wait. Deposit, Transfer, Send money, Pay bills, and more are
usually available at your own device.
tip 2: We don't need big impersonal banks anymore. A credit
union offers more localized financial support, than a large nationwide
bank. Your money is just as safe in a credit
union, as credit unions are federally backed up to $250,000.
The same on-line banking and app
features are available through most credit unions. The
lines are shorter. Representatives will likely recognize you by name, even
if you have to go into a branch. You are not just a number!
Always solicit advice from your medical doctor before considering the
following tips. The medical profession is always re-tooling care for
paitents' health gains. If you are relatively healthy and have
group insurance: research quality medical groups that offer doctor
call-back appointments; call-in refills; call-in nurses; and
on-line appointments (when you must go in). You may be able to
keep rested with less stress on your body by getting your doctor's
advice with a tele-appointment. Likewise, the chances of
contracting other infections/viruses from a busy medical facility are
lowered, as you are now in control of the means, appointment time, and
Commercial Free Media: Commercials (no matter how much we are
amused by them) slow our ability to comprehend the important
ads chop up the original writer's idea, forcing a delay in
reaclimating to the original story content. Likewise commercial's
to train us by their annoyance to demote all dynamic media down to
"passive engagement" status. In other words, to save mental
processing time, we simply shove most of our commercial laden music,
movies, and TV shows into the background of our minds, like background
media is like quality food.
They should both not be dismissed as a random swirl of empty
like food goes into our beings, and needs to be fully received for
exercising conviction, evaluation, and critique. Streaming TV and
music services can cost a small
monthly fee (well worth it) to be commercial free. The time spent
will be more enriching without interruptions. You may even find
that without insulting pandering, your guard will come down allow
deeper inspiration from your chosen media to envelop your whole mind
your time to read, listen to music, watch a movie or TV, and visit with
a friend(s)...and aggressively: keep
interferrences at bay.
OFF-SEASON AND OFF BEATEN PATH
National Lampoon's "Vacation"
movie is funny for a reason. The Griswold's fearless father --
while good in intentions -- didn't think broadly in his planning. Chuck
Griswold naively led his family into traffic, weather, strange roads,
unsavory social interactions, and much more. Start a tradition
early on that values peace and crowd avoidance. By selectng a
destination off the beaten-path, your destination can send a message to
family members that they are valued, and not part of the rat race of
citizens clawing their way through some Wally World.
establishing a successful pattern of anticipation for a meaningful
family get-away, not only will everyone feel more inspired by the
organic/unmanipulated interaction with their environment, the family bonds will be
strengthened. To start stirring ideas, simply type in any search
engine: "off the beaten path," or "least crowded vacation" or "secluded
vacation." You can also follow the string of words by what you or
your family likes: city; beach; mountains; camping; glamping;
on only: For flying, pack carry-on sizes only. This way there is no
waiting in baggage claim.
Traveler Number: For flying, get Known Traveler Numbers (KTN) to select TSA Pre-check on airline ticket
purchase. TSA Pre-check skips the longer security line at the
airport with a significantly shorter one. Known Traveler Numbers
are generated through TSA's recommended local offices on their website.
Rental: Joining preferred membership with rental car companies
allows you to skip their line at the airport and usually walk directly
to their counter to pick up your keys. They like when you join
their preferred customer profile on-line, becuase there: you enter
everything about the car you want and then pre-pay. This process speeds
their administrators behind the counter, by taking out all of the
in-person question and answer time. Some preferred customers even
skip the rental car counter all-together, and head straight for the lot
where an attendant hands them the keys to the vehicle -- and away they
Check-in on line/phone app: Again, why wait in another line at
the airport, when you can get your boarding pass 24 hours ahead of
boarding. With a virtual boarding pass on your phone -- including
your TSA Pre mark, you breeze through the airport all the way to your
gate, with virtually no wait.
changing world has many challenges. However the challenges are
still managable. The above tips require a discipline to carve out
more time for you -- to invest in your specific purpose. Time
management is one of the greatest gifts to impart to the
next generation. Those receiving this discipline of setting
themselves apart from the chaos will lead, and be happier.
those blindly accepting the cultural machine of waiting,
pushing, crowding will be wasting a tremendous amount of quality time
on a meaningless activity. Such folks will not be happy, rather
disillusioned. Worse, the parents of these kids will unknowingly
devalue their children's lives with the message of omission that "time
discipline doesn't matter because my kids are not worth or capable of
such discipline." Those children will unfortunately repeat their
parents' silent message to their children: Follow the masses...
and wait for a short-lived validation via emotion and
endorphines. Often this validation is nothing more than the
relief of making it to the front of the line. A false
to arm your children against the challenges of a bloated population
will encourage them to actively find their place in it all, by first
getting away from it all.
between the raindrops" may be just a metaphorical
exaggeration. But with today's consumer technology, you can "walk
between the lines." Tap into these solutions and future
solution. Affirm your, your family's, and your friends' reason for being, -- by simply
swapping the waiting game for fresh time to develop passions. •
Recipient of 8
"Excellence in Media" Angel Awards