We all know that working while on-the-go has it’s challenges. And we can always use some great tips on how to get things done when our daily duties call us away from the “office” as I covered in 5 Ideas for Writing through the Holiday. Still we find ourselves wanting to be productive but unsure of how to manage our productivity when we’re called away from our creative space to sit in someone’s waiting room for several minutes to an hour waiting, waiting, and waiting. You end up spending the entire time thinking about all of the work you could be doing, but instead you’re stuck in that waiting room wasting precious time. Use it to your advantage. Here are some ideas that will hopefully spark some inspiration and put an end to the self-butt-kicking for wasting waiting room time.
Revising, editing, and reviewing work are always tasks that can be done while in a waiting room. Revise some work. Edit something. Review some works for fine tuning that you’ve been putting off over the past couple of weeks. This is the perfect time to get it done. And if you really want to use the excuse of your doctor’s office not allowing any use of technology, well then news flash! I never said anything about using technology. Print a hard copy of your manuscript ahead of time, pack a pencil, and make those revisions the old fashioned way. You can easily apply those revisions electronically when you return to the “office”.
Research is another great task that can be completed almost anywhere. Simply, whip out whatever mobile device you have and start researching the best project management software, or best software for writers, or that copyright process you’ve been meaning to look into. Whatever it is you’ve been needing to get more information about but just never seemed to find the time, guess what? I just found the time for you. Get to work!
Restructure when all else fails. So you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately? Waiting-room-time is the best time to grab your planner or digital calendar (I use both) to restructure your schedule and project plans. Why not? What you’ve been doing isn’t working, so it’s time to do something different. This is the perfect task to do while stuck in the waiting room.
**BONUS TIP** What about on the way to the doctor’s office? Voice recording software can really work wonders. Trust me, I tried it. I work best when I’m able to write out my thoughts. And there’s nothing more frustrating than being struck with a great idea and not having the ability to get it down on paper. Well, isn’t technology grand? Most people have smart phones these days that are equipped with some form of voice recording/voice memo software. Use it people! It works. Instead of wasting valuable time chatting and gossiping with buddies on the way to your appointment, get some ideas, drafts, or emails recorded to help you stay focused, organized, and on task. It’s a great way to get some work done without having to kick yourself later.