5 Tips To Dominate The Art Of Waiting

5 Tips To Dominate The Art Of Waiting

How long time have you been waiting in your life?

Sometimes we try to find out the percentage of your life we are working, eating, sleeping and some other stuff. Normally, you find out that what you really spend time on, is not exactly what you think. Have you ever tried to figure out how many hours you have been waiting in your life? It can be everything from a 10 minutes wait for a friend who got stuck in the traffic, to hours and sometimes days for a delayed flight.

According to the British website Mirror, only waiting for trains we are spending an average of 653 hours during an average lifetime, which by the way, is peanuts compared to the 3,276 hours a woman needs applying make-up and dressing up for a night out.

Waiting time or unexpected events will always occur and when it occurs it will always occur unexpectedly……. or are there events of “unexpected time” we can expect? Interesting question. Think about it!

Time management is an important part of our lives, regardless of what we’re doing. In fact, managing time properly can help you get more work done and feel more accomplished about the things you do in general. If you don’t know how to begin or you just feel overwhelmed, keep reading for some fun and insightful tips below.



Some days ago I had to search for a doctor for an infection I had got in one of my ears. Being  a healthy person, who very seldom have to call a doctor, this
was quite an unusual event for me.
Due to good health, my personal network among doctors is below average I would say, but with some work a doctor was found and he had a spot free for me in his time schedule the same afternoon.

The appointment was at 5 pm and as an organized person I always try to be, and also remembering how I feel when people don’t show up at appointments with me, I presented myself at the doctor’s office 10 minutes before the scheduled time.

When announcing myself to the secretary, immediately I got the feeling that this is not going to be on time.
At 5:30 pm half an hour after my scheduled appointment the doctor entered the office and another 15 minutes later I finally was facing the doctor to reveal my problem and get a medical solution.

Instead of analyzing how most people are spending the waiting time, let´s focus on how to use time efficiently that suddenly appears as “new” time.

In my blog post the 14th of May this year we were talking very much about time as a function of the past, presence and future. Think about it, and realize that you are only able to act in the presence.


How To Use Unexpected Time

Most people, including myself sometimes, get upset, and their frustration will be more focused on how to blame the late person and in some cases even plan for a revenge.

You can always start to discuss that people arriving late to appointments is lack of respect, lack of education and probably you will find additionally another 5 to 10 arguments. Good, now you have feeded yourself with the necessary anger hormones, but what did you gain? Absolutely nothing!

Tip No.1

Control your frustration

Whatever we do in life we will always depend on other persons and their way to behave.

Unexpected things happen all the time in your life, and the point here is to not be paralyzed when that happens. This occurs quite often to perfectionists. Their day, their plan and schedule are so perfect that any kind of interference will literally spoil the day. So, the second tip or advice to handle unexpected time will be:

Tip No.2

Change perfectionism to flexibility

Calendars are great tools for smart time management. There are some that prefer physical calendars that they can make notes on. Others like to use electronic calendars offered by computers or smartphones. Whatever your chosen method might be, make sure to add all your to-do items and appointments to your daily calendar so you can stay organized!

The third tip and advice is more of a general efficiency nature, but will help a lot when unexpected time appears:

Tip No.3

Work actively with an agenda

Whatever new situation you have to face during the day, there will always be tasks in your agenda that you can execute. Use your imagination and flexibility and for sure you will find work to do while waiting for somebody.


How To Prepare For Unexpected Time Space
With some experience, we will start to learn the pattern of each person’s behavior in our contact circles and adapt our own activities accordingly. This doesn’t mean that you will not do your best to achieve a change in the particular person’s behavior. Your “educational mission” will continue restlessly until you reach the goal. However, that you are not sticking to a decided time schedule is still an unacceptable way to behave.

Instead of taking up a magazine searching for a cross-word or similar stuff to kill the time that suddenly appeared, you can prepare yourself for such unexpected events.

In some way or another, we all blame that we have not enough of time to do what we would like to do, but you can start to do totally unproductive things when “dead” time appears.

Look into software programs that are meant to help with time management. Once it is set up, it will be quick and easy to plan how your time is spent. This software is meant to help, and it will prove to be quite effective in how your time is spent each day.

In today’s digital world, you can literally bring your entire office with you, in your laptop, iPad or Smartphone. As all devices easily can be connected to each other, there is absolutel no excuses to not be ready for an improvised working session while waiting for somebody.

Tip No. 4:

No excuses to not stick to the agenda

If no special project pops up in your mind, you can always start to answer pending e-mails, to just take one example. Personally, I have always tons of books, recorded webinars, podcasts and similar pending mateial and waiting time is a perfect moment to tick off some of these pending texts or videos.

Last but not the least,

Tip No.5

Build time in your day for unforeseen interruptions

It’s time to own the fact that you can’t control what happens every minute. Things happen, whether you want them to or not. So add in buffer time into your schedule to handle these moments. That way, at the end of the day, you’ll still feel accomplished!


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