Waiting

I spend a lot of time waiting.  Waiting in lines.  Waiting to pick up KJ from school. Waiting in the doctor’s office.  All this waiting can add up to more than a hour of time a day!  With this new found time, there are 8 things you can do while you wait.

Communicate:
Waiting can be an opportune time to pray.  It is a time that is generally quiet and uninterrupted.  Praying can re-set your mood, re-fuel your spirit, and re-connect with the Lord.

Check Social Media:
This is the most obvious and the one we all do naturally.  Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogs are a great way to stay connected to everyone in your circle whether personal or professional.

Conversations:
Waiting in your car is a great time to return missed calls or make appointments assuming there are no kids with you or loud external distractions.

Comprehend:
For  me,  waiting is an idea time to read a book.  I generally keep something   to read in my car, my handbag, or my Android.  If you do not enjoy reading,  listen to an audio book.

Create:
Why not be creative. Start a family journal. Knit. Plan your garden or decorating project.

Calendar:
Another wise way to use “wait time” is to update your calendar by preparing for the day, the week or even the month.  I like to have a framework of what to expect at least daily and when I have those tasks complete, I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Clean:
I store shopping bags in my car for a quick clean up while I am waiting for KJ to get out of school.  It amazes me how much stuff we accumulate in a short time.  I once found a fossilized french fry marinated in spilled chocolate milk encrusted with a mixture of road salt and baseball dirt.  Yuck! Since then I have tried to take any trash out more often and do a quick clean up. I also keep baby wipes in the car to clean up spills, and to wipe down the dash (as well as any other disasters  that may happen).

Culinary and Couponing:
This is a good time to plan menus, make shopping list, clip, download and organize coupons.

Team Moms’ Bonus:
During my down time, I can plan for the next game/event, attend to administrative duties, answer emails, and update the teams’ Facebook Page.

How do you spend your wait time?

About Marsha

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6 Responses to 8 Things To Do While You Wait

  1. Melanie Redd says:

    Hey Marsha!
    I found your post today on Modest Mom.
    Lots of great suggestions here.
    One of my favorite things to do is to communicate and get to know others while in a waiting room.
    Hope you have a great day today~
    Melanie

  2. Mary Geisen says:

    Great ideas! The waiting time can certainly be productive if we take your advice. Glad to be your neighbor at Testimony Tuesday today.

  3. Great ideas! I actually look forward to my son’s appointments for the time it gives me. I’ll catch up on email, write blog posts, clean out my car, etc. Definitely gotta make the most of all the time we have :)

  4. This is a great list! It’s true – waiting takes up so much of our time. I love the intention behind this list. All of that waiting time can be used for good! I love to read and listen to audiobooks, check and reply to my emails, and prepare my grocery list while I’m waiting.

  5. Julie says:

    I spend quite a bit of time waiting for the kids to finish various activities, as everyone does I tend to make sure I’m in good time (so they are not waiting around for me!) which means I am sitting in the car waiting often. I mostly check social media but have been know to pick up a wipe and give the car interior a quick once over!
    I will add the rest of your ideas to my list, thanks.