Productive Things to Do While You Wait

Nobody enjoys waiting unless they are waiting for something exciting and fun ...

Nobody enjoys waiting unless they are waiting for something exciting and fun like a date, a vacation trip, a dance, or something similar. In fact, many people waste time every day simply because they are forced to wait.

We wait at traffic lights. We sit and wait in the doctor's office. We wait in the check out line, the bank line, the dry cleaner's queue, and the drive thru at the fast food restaurant. We wait in the car pool line in the beginning of the day, at the movie theater, at the ATM machine, and in the car pool line at the end of the day.

What can we do though? The lines aren't going to disappear simply because we are tired of waiting. Perhaps, we can learn to be more productive while waiting in these lines. We can accomplish a few small tasks while waiting in line. All it takes is a little bit of planning and a lot of practice and diligence on our part. Use the list below to incorporate a few productive strategies into your waiting time.

Granted, not all of these tasks can be performed every time we wait in line. Select a few for each of the many lines that you are forced to wait in each week. If it doesn't go well the first time you try to get something done while waiting, don't give up. Try something else. Not all locations are going to be conducive to each of these suggestions. Make sure to coordinate the tasks that you intend to accomplish so that they don't interfere with your original purpose for being there.

Making changes to your behaviour while waiting in lines will free up some much needed time. True, it might only save you five minutes here and ten minutes the re, but over the course of a week, you could easily save yourself a full hour, enough time to take a relaxing bath, start a new book, take a nap, or play a game with the kids.