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What percent of your time do you spend waiting?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24049points) August 22nd, 2022

Waiting on hold on the phone?
Waiting for medical appointment?
Waiting for payday?
Waiting for clothes washer drier?

What do you do to fill the time?
What other things can you add to my list?

Humor and serious answers welcome:

I seem to be always waiting for something or other.
I don’t know the exact percent, but I believe it is high.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Very little time !

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Tropical_Willie Tell us how you accomplished this feat? Share your story?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I don’t hang on “Wait time !”

It is done when it is done !!!

I do other things . . . . I don’t wait for first thing to be done to start another . . . ..

ragingloli's avatar

I spend all of my time.
Waiting for the sweet release of death.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ragingloli Your prayer is important to us. Your prayer will be answered in the order that it was received. Due to higher prayer volumes, your wait could be estimated for 50 years or so. Please stay in the line. Your prayer is important to us.

RayaHope's avatar

I just get on my phone, unless I’m waiting for something on my phone. Then I start doing something else and forget about what I was waiting on in the first place. But now I got school stuff so I’m plenty busy now.

Kropotkin's avatar

100% of it.

Zaku's avatar

Back when I was about 5 years old, there was a class we had to endure on things like underlining the vowels in sentences the teacher wrote on a board for us to copy and underline. Or learning how to address an envelope.

It involved a lot of waiting, because it was super-trivial and involved a lot of doing nothing. It was there that I remember realizing that I could use such periods of time, or any periods that would otherwise be boring, by using my imagination in elaborate considerations about whatever I wanted. That and one other lesson about feeling bored from my mom about the same time, and I’ve rarely been bored since. I do find it helpful sometimes to have something to write with/on. And with portable Internet devices, no one these days should have much excuse, unless they’ve not realized how they can use their imaginations yet.

It only doesn’t work when something makes it too difficult, such as illness, great fatigue, or other distractions.

LostInParadise's avatar

Just because you are waiting for something does not mean you have to put your life on hold. Find something to do while you are waiting.

Speaker phones are great for when your phone call is on hold. I can always find something to do on the computer while I am waiting.

You can also save time by waiting for two things at once. I put a bagel in the toaster while I am waiting for the water for my oatmeal to start boiling.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Hang on, I’ll tell you a bit later.

Smashley's avatar

As little as possible. Waiting is like inverse wealth. The less money you have, the more you have to wait for things. So to increase my own sense of wealth, I frequently skip lines. I often decide not to buy what I had intended to, because my perception of cost includes the wait. If a restaurant looks busy, I find another. When I’m on hold, I put it on speaker and try to do something else. Sometimes I’m a bit shameless in using my daughter’s wheelchair to jump queues, but since basically everything about disability involves waiting, I don’t worry about it,

flutherother's avatar

Almost all of it. I have become so adept at waiting that I can wait on multiple things at the same time without breaking sweat.

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