Waiting Room Hacks

Waiting Room Hacks

The waiting room anywhere is a sore point for most people.  It’s really just a holding pen for people that probably don’t want to be there in the first place.  With or without kids in the mix just adds to the anxiety.  Magazines used to be the go to, but not anymore since we have phones!  Unfortunately, we usually waste that time –  checking email, getting updates through social media, or mindlessly searching the internet.  Here’s some ideas of how to use your time and that technology a little more productively.

  1. Write a list of discussion topics – beyond “How was your day?” – and then use them during a family dinner. Ask questions like, “What was the best part of your day? What was the worst? What was the most interesting thing you learned today?  What was the most useless and why?”
  2. Always keep a notebook with you and use it to make a to-do list, shopping list, or as a reminder of things you don’t want to forget.
  3. Draw or play in the waiting area with the kids!
  4. Talk to other parents – all of us can use a break from our devices and need some real human contact, especially from one parent to another.
  5. Read the magazines!  Bring a book!  Bring your own magazine.
  6. Not a reader? Listen to a book or podcast.
  7. Try to schedule and plan out the rest of your week.
  8. Talk to the receptionist and see if you can schedule any future appointments then.
  9. Delete the clutter.  This is a great use of your device.  Delete any pictures, apps, and clean out your email inbox.
  10. Breathe. Take some time to relax and meditate, even if you are just focusing on your breath. It’s amazing what a few calming, deep breaths can do.
  11. Plan your meals ahead and make a shopping list.
  12. If you’re waiting with your child’s siblings or it’s your appointment and you had to bring the kids instruct them to do their homework.
  13. Play I Spy.  It’s an oldie but goodie.
  14. Pen a handwritten note to your spouse, child, or a family member and then use snail mail.  The personal touch would be nice and we all love receiving mail.
  15. Send an email to an elected official advocating for something you feel passionate about. I know a lot of people doing this post-election.
  16. Make a list of your child’s strengths and refer to it when he’s having a particularly bad day.
  17. Make a list of goals for the day, for the week, and for the year, and make them attainable.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.