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