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How many hours a month do you spend waiting (Details Inside)?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24336points) 2 months ago

Also where do you wait and for what?

For me is 1 hour a week to the bank/phone company. 1 hour a month each for Dr. Appointment, lab work. Waiting for the taxi to take me to appointments.

Time waiting for tv/radio program to start.

Waiting hours for groceries to be delivered.
Waiting for the oven to pre-heat and cook my food.
Waiting for my food to cool down.

Humor and useful answers welcome.

What do you do while you are waiting? Or is it lost time?

It helps me to have a cell phone with data. That way I have something to go while waiting.

Please share some useful advice.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

I’m retired . . . .

janbb's avatar

And Godot never comes.

elbanditoroso's avatar

There’s idle waiting and there is productive waiting.

For example, I had to go to the doctor this morning. I checked in and knew I would be in the waiting room for 20 minutes before they called me in. I had carried in today’s Wall St Journal and read it while in the waiting room.

Same on Monday – I had to drop off some paperwork and talk with someone at the DMV (car license plate stuff). They assign you a number when you walk in, and then call the number out eventually. I knew it would be a good 45-minute wait. I had my cell phone (of course) and several e-books downloaded. So I sat and read a book.

Both of those are examples of productive waiting.

Idle waiting is when you’re at the grocery waiting for the cashier.

Or standing in line to drop off a prescription. You’re not very productive then.

Forever_Free's avatar

Waiting is just part of a bigger process.
I make a phone call and wait for it to connect.
I install software and wait for it to complete.
I cook and bake and wait for it to get to a certain point.
I order something and wait for it to be delivered.
I am born and wait for my turn.

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part
Yeah, the waiting is the hardest part

smudges's avatar

^^ Good adaptation of Tom Petty. :)

LifeQuestioner's avatar

@elbanditoroso curious that your DMV still does that. Are Maryland one now has where you have to make an appointment, even if you show up without an appointment. But it’s really easy to make an appointment online and then when you get there you usually have no more than a 10 minute wait.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@LifeQuestioner that’s how it still works in my County, at least in October, when I did my renewal.

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