Do you ever find yourself stuck waiting? Using that “wait” time constructively, in the doctor’s waiting room or the carpool lane can go a long way to getting you more organized. We are so busy these days that it’s a good strategy to take advantage of the spare minutes that we spend waiting. By taking advantage of this “free” time spent waiting when you can’t do anything else anyway.
Next time you grab your keys to head out the door take along a few things to better use your “waiting” time. And get something crossed off your to-do list.
A Dozen Things You Can Do To Be More Organized
- Menu Planning. You can plan a week’s worth of meals in minutes. Think of what is in your freezer or your pantry that you could begin to plan a meal around. Browse a cook book for a new idea, add a family favorite or two and don’t forget to plan one night of leftovers.
- Shopping List. Using your menu plan, not make a list of the ingredients you will need to pick up at the store. Take it one step further and swing by the store to pick up what’s needed on the way home.
- Make Doctors Appointments. While parked in your car, pick up your phone to make appointments. It is a great way to cross this task off your list. You may be put on hold by the receptionist – think of it as multi-tasking, waiting for two things at once.
- Answer Emails. Use today’s technology to lighten your load of correspondence. By responding to those quick emails, you can keep current and keep one more thing off your to-do list.
- Write a To-Do list. A few minutes of concentrating about what is a important for you can clarify your priorities. Write down three things you want or need to accomplish by the end of the day and plan how you will accomplish them.
- Pay Bills. If you pay your bills on line it’s a snap to do it on your phone while waiting, or bring along your check book and a book of stamps and you will be able to cross this task off your list. You can even drop your payments in the mail before you even enter your house.
- Read. Save articles from newspapers or magazines by ripping them out and stashing them in a file folder. Instead of letting them pile up on the kitchen counter, keep them in your car for times just like this.
- Calendar Planning. Focus on your calendar, whether it’s a planner or your smart phone. Put all your extracurricular activities, birthdays, parties, appointments, and other events into your calendar. You’ll be more organized with everything in one location.
- Thank You Notes. Revive the art of the hand written note. Take the time to get the thank you notes written, addressed, and stamped and you’ll be on your way to perfect manners in fifteen minutes flat.
- Catch up With a Friend. Sometimes the small things get pushed aside because we are so busy. Whether it is by phone or a quick email or text, it’s a great chance to catch up with a friend without the distractions of home and the family.
- Plan a Date Night. Once all the calls, lists and reading is done, then reward yourself by planning some fun! Think of some ways that you can spend some quality time with your spouse or family. Make dinner reservations, book tickets, reserve a babysitter all while you sit waiting.
- Take a Nap. Sometimes a little shut eye is the best thing for you. A few minutes of down time can help you be your best for the rest of the day.
It is not possible for you to accomplish all these quick tasks while waiting. But by getting one or two done regularly you will free up some time at the office or home where you really could use the extra fifteen minutes.