Waiting is part of our modern lives. We wait in traffic, wait for lunch, wait on colleagues, wait for meetings and we wait for coffee. Sometimes waiting time offers a welcome break from the hussle and bussle. Other times, waiting can be an inconvenience.
Thanks to smartphones and tablets, we can still use that time away from our desk to be productive. In just a few minutes, you might be able to get a good start on something. Here are a few ideas for how you can use that time productively.
Read a page on your Amazon Kindle app. If you’re reading a work related book, you might want to catch up. You might be surprised how much you get done. I read an entire book in two weeks, just in the mornings, while I waited for coffee.
Add to, prioritise and review your to do list. Check any of your previously scheduled to do items. Choose your single most important task for the day, so you can work on that as soon as you get back to the office.
Check, ponder and respond to important email. All smartphones have an email client app, which makes life easy. At least if you quickly scan your email, you can give them some thought before you reply.
Check your phone calendar. Check what meetings and appointments you have on for the day. You can start thinking about your agenda and whether you need to prepare anything to take with you.
Use it as a phone, to make a call. I know it’s easy to forget that smartphones still do this but you can make a call. Only make calls that are necessary. You might use your few minutes to call and confirm your first meeting, connect with a colleague or request a response from one of your clients.
Write an outline for your next blog article. I will admit, I wouldn’t want to write an entire article on a screen as small as my phone, however, you can at least get started. WordPress has an app for most smartphones, so you can quickly write a headline and a few key points, as soon as you get an idea for a post.
Theses are just a few of the top ways I use my smart phone when I’m waiting for coffee. Of course you can always do a bit of networking or just put some solitary thinking time into a big decision that’s on your mind. Do you use your smartphone a different way? Or do you still prefer paper? Either way, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.