We wait in lines, we wait while our gas tank fills, at traffic lights, in doctor’s offices, to be served at our favorites restaurant, and while waiting to pick up our kids. Statisticians have estimated that in a lifetime of 70 years, the average person spends at least three years waiting.
But we can use these “down times” to be productive. Waiting doesn’t have to mean wasting time. You can manage your time better by conducting tasks that will assist you in business or things that can save you time at later date.
Here’s some examples:
Keep Control of the InBox: If you have an Internet connection, you can use the time to read and even answer emails. The popularity of Smartphones has made it amazing easily to conduct business even when we are not at our desks. If you don’t have a connection to the Internet, then download your emails into an email client like Outlook Express before you get to your appointment. Answer them accordingly and put them in your outbox so they go out the next time you connect.
Create To Dos: Create your “To Do” lists while waiting for a doctor’s appointment or when you are stuck in traffic. Use a voice recorder to create verbal to do lists, get organized or make notes for upcoming projects.
Get Educated: You can also catch up on your “reading” by listening to iPod books or books on CDs.
Bookkeeping: Pay bills online or create your shopping list while you are waiting for a flight, waiting for your food at a restaurant.
Takin Care of Business: If you are in an area that has privacy, use your wait time to return short phone calls relating to work or personal tasks.
Bottom line: If you have (involuntary) downtime, you probably can fit a small task into that time slot. Anything you can achieve during the down times is that much less you need complete during your normal productive hours.
How do you take advantage of your “down times?”