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Use Your “Waiting Time” Wisely

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

We (very) OFTEN find ourselves in a WAITING mode — much more so than we probably realize:

  1. Waiting while on hold on a telephone call

  2. Waiting in traffic or at a red light

  3. Sitting in a waiting room at the doctor’s or dentist’s office

  4. Waiting for a meeting to begin

  5. Waiting to sit down at a restaurant; or waiting for the check

  6. Waiting to board an airplane, or waiting to deplane once you arrive at your destination

  7. Waiting for iTunes to sync or new software to download

  8. Waiting for someone to join you

Add it all up — over the course of a day, a week, a month, a year — and you’ll find hours and hours of time (days even) that COULD be put to productive use IF you plan ahead.

Waiting time does not have to be wasted time. Waiting time can be put to super-productive use.  What are some simple tasks could you complete while you wait?  What are some quick things you could get done? Waiting time is an excellent time to:

  1. Sort quickly through incoming emails to see if you have anything important to respond to

  2. Return a quick phone call

  3. Make a quick phone call or leave a quick voice mail message

  4. Read a magazine article or blog article (I ALWAYS have a reading list at hand — on my phone, on my iPad, in my briefcase)

  5. Update your calendar

  6. Update and review your to-do lists

  7. Review your key goals for the week

  8. Write a quick thank you note

  9. Send a birthday card (I keep a supply handy for that very purpose)

  10. Engage in a mini brainstorming session — generating ideas to solve a problem you’re dealing with or generating ideas for an upcoming presentation or client meeting

  11. Pay a bill or two

  12. Write a quick email

  13. Make your dinner reservations for the night

  14. Call your son, daughter, spouse for a quick “hello”

  15. Read something uplifting or inspirational

  16. Meditate and quiet your mind

View your waiting time as a GIFT — a gift of “free” time available to you to get something useful done.

Plan ahead for your waiting time. I have a “to-do list” category called “Do Anywhere” which is a list of things I can do while waiting, regardless of where I am.

Load up your phone and iPad with material that can be read while you’re waiting.

Use your waiting time to your advantage …. it truly is a gift if you use it wisely.

What are you waiting for?

Best to you!

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson, Executive Coach



"Helping CEO's and executives maximize their influence and impact."

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