Does anyone know how many minutes, months or years we spend waiting?
• We wait in line at doctors office.
• We wait for clients to show up.
• We wait for offers to be faxed that we thought were coming?
• We wait for appraisals to come in.
• We wait for Short Sales to be approved. (oh how we wait….)
Fact of the matter is we do a lot of waiting. Obviously we can’t get those minutes or hours back, but we can use the time to be productive. (or just relax and enjoy the quiet.)
Become an Expert at Using Waiting Time
The first thing to do is have a good attitude when we our waiting. View “waiting time” as a gift or unexpected opportunity to get something done to increase your productivity.
Decide before hand what types of tasks you want to do or complete while waiting.
1) Add phone numbers to your cell phone address book.
2) Create a grocery list.
3) Listen to a self-development course on your iPod. I am a big fan of Jack Canfield.
4) Do a little social networking on Facebook or twitter.
5) Carry a book in your car and pick it up and read a few chapters.
6) Catch on your RSS feeds.
7) Call a past client
8) Call your mother
Let “waiting time” be your new best friend.
One thing to consider is which tasks you have been putting off. Gaps in time can become the time we use to do those things that find there way on the back burner at the end of the day. You know the things that don’t get marked off at the end of the day.
Regardless, of what you do during the lull, having a plan can keep the anxiety down. Most Type A personalities have a difficult time waiting. Patience is not our virtue.
So what are you waiting for?