Use Waiting Times Productively Through Self-Organisation

by Bernd on July 9, 2012 · 0 comments

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Having to wait is part of daily life, but we generally tend to achieve nothing during this time. Even worse, we may find ourselves nervously waiting somewhere because the train we need to catch to the next meeting is once again late. Even if waiting times in our private and business lives are unavoidable, we should try to use them productively, because in particular at work, it is expected from us that we fulfil all short time gaps with sensible activities.

Whoever does not want to let time lapse away should try to use waiting times productively through intelligent self-organisation. The following tips below provide you with helpful suggestions as to how you can successfully achieve this:

1. You Can Never Learn Too Much

People who are often on the go should always have suitable literature at hand. Whether it is specialised literature aimed at furthering our knowledge in work-related subjects, or quite simply the daily newspaper; keep your memory on its toes! Moreover, the present trend in internationalisation demands some knowledge of foreign languages, so why not use the time to increase your vocabulary in a second language? For example, you could listen to a language course cassette on the way to work.

2. Time to Talk

Where one person is waiting, there are probably several others, so why not take the opportunity to strike up a conversation with somebody? Small talk is particularly important at work as it encourages a positive working environment in your company. But also in public places people are often delighted to engage in a friendly conversation, or just simply to say “Hello”. If however, you are shy and find it difficult to start up a conversation with someone new, then making your important phone calls, arranging appointments and keeping up to date with the latest news are all ways to keep yourself busy when you are required to wait.

3. Intelligent Self-Organisation

It has been shown that during our quiet moments, we often come up with the best and most creative ideas. Therefore, it is always a good idea to have a note book to hand so that you can, for example, draw up a mind map for the next up-coming project.

At work, the time allocated for filing, sorting and clearing up is often not sufficient. Was what was previously filed away will normally find its way back to your desk and on your computer screen. If you are prone to having this problem, then it may be a good idea to spend some of that time you spend waiting to organise your job assignments – thus optimising your self-organisation.

4. Relaxation is the Key to Productivity

If you think it is unproductive and pointless to relax during waiting times, then you are very mistaken! In quiet moments, our body is able to stock up on energy and strength which can then be put to good use in current work assignments. This is why short breaks often work wonders – so the next time you find yourself having to wait somewhere, see if there is a park nearby where you are able to take a relaxed break, away from the everyday hustle and bustle.

On a final note, intelligent self-organisation is vital for maintaining productivity, but it is up to you how you use your time. With this in mind, just remember to make the most of your day and your waiting time!

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