- Quality of Life & Wellness
How to Wait in Line Patiently
Many times you are required to wait in line, or queue as the British say. Because impatience causes stress, your health would be better served if you could wait in line patiently by using the time productively. Here’s how to train yourself to wait in line patiently.
When you know you might have to wait somewhere for a minute or more take a small notebook and pen with you. Then you’ll be able to wait in line patiently as you use the time to make a to-do list, shopping list, gift list, or just generate ideas for work or home projects.
List All the Situations That Require You to Wait
These might include waits at medical and dental offices, in checkout lines at stores, at the post office, at a restaurant waiting to be served, while commuting (as long as you are not driving!), and so on. Then think about how you can best use the time to help you wait in line patiently for a variety of situations.
Make It a Habit to Always Have Pen and Paper with You
Habits help us be more productive. So every day for three months take your pen and notebook out with you whenever you leave home. After three months it will have become an ingrained habit and you will find yourself able to wait in line patiently almost no matter what the situation is.
Practice Making Lists
The better able you are to write down a list of to-do’s or ideas, the more productive you’ll be and the easier it will be for you to wait in line patiently. So practice using a pen and notebook to record ideas or to make plans during both short and long waits.
Monitor Your Progress
During the first few months of your new waiting strategy, note and record any increases in your patience and in your daily productivity. If you have taken this advice seriously and implemented it regularly, you should see significant improvements in both your productivity and in your ability to wait patiently.
For whatever reason, some people may have trouble getting in the habit of writing things down. An alternative strategy would be to always have a good book with you to read during waits. If you are accompanied by another person during a wait, invite them to do the same as you are if you have trouble with conversation in such situations. (There may be a lack of privacy for example.) Let them know that you are not being rude!