Words with Friends or Candy Crush may seem like a great way to quickly pass time while you are waiting for your next appointment or meeting. However, there are things you can do, with or without a smart phone that will increase your productivity.
We spend nearly 16 days every year of our lives waiting. It seems we are always waiting for something or someone.
- Doctors appointments
- Kid pick up
- Travel and more!
With all this waiting, we can almost feel our productivity draining and time management flying out the window!
24 Ways to Productively Pass Time
Here is a list of 24 things you can do while waiting that can be productive and help you to better manage your time! (Note: A smart phone can dramatically improve your productivity while waiting. Items with a * require a phone or similar device with some advanced capabilities if you are away from your computer while waiting.)
- Catch up on a magazine that focuses on your business.
- Explore a magazine outside of your comfort zone.
- Read a book to increase your knowledge or expand your expertise.
- Make a quick follow up call.
- *Check your email.
- Check your calendar for upcoming meetings and appointments.
- Schedule some projects or activities on your calendar.
- * Use Feedly or another RSS reader to catch up on blog posts.
- * Schedule some social media posts.
- Brainstorm some ideas for projects you are working on.
- Write three gratitudes.
- Have a conversation with your kids. (The car is a great place to connect with them, just turn off the radio and confiscate the cellular devices).
- Jot down notes for upcoming articles, videos or social media posts.
- Meditate. (Meditation does not have to be in a quiet room while you are completely alone. Just practice clearing your mind of whatever comes into it at that moment).
- Practice taking deeper breaths.
- Review your goals for the month/year. (Keep them on a note card or in your phone as a reminder).
- * Use podcasts or other audio downloads or CDs to learn on the go.
- Write out your menu for the week.
- *Explore recipes you want to try.
- Text someone who needs to hear from you.
- *Research an idea or thought.
- *Use Evernote to review notes youve taken at meetings or conferences.