1. Schedule doctor or clinic appointments for first thing in the morning or right after lunch. That way you are not kept waiting because another patient was late or the doctor had an emergency which set the entire schedule off for the day.
2. When you arrive at your appointment, ask if they are on time. You may be able to run a quick errand or come back when the time is better. It may mean making another appointment.
3. When scheduling an appointment for a haircut, manicure/pedicure, etc., ask what day & time is least busy. These are events you do not want to rush and you may get better service when they are not rushed.
4. Shop for groceries early in the morning and in the midafternoon. There are generally fewer shoppers then and less standing in long lines at the checkout. Or dodging other shoppers in the crowded aisles. Try not to shop between 11:00Am & 1:00 Pm, when many make quick trips to the store on their lunch hour.
5. Visit the smaller postal stations rather than the larger post offices. Many are located in card shops and grocery markets. They provide almost all the same services, and most take credit cards. Lunchtime is busier and less waiting is on Mondays.
6. Don’t visit the car wash on Friday afternoon. Too many getting their cars ready for the weekend. If you must…take along a book.
7. Try not to gas up your car on Friday or Monday. Friday folks are getting ready for weekend trip or activities and on Monday they are replenishing their tanks for the week ahead. Paying at the pump also saves time and no waiting in line at the cashier.
8. In many of the larger drug store chains you can pay for purchases in the photo department, cosmetic counter or the pharmacy. Using cash or credit card is quicker than writing a check. If you must use a check…have it filled in as much as possible before arriving at the cashier, saving time for you and those in line behind you.
9. When you are in a hurry at the grocery store, buy 10 items or less and qualify for the “Quick Check Out” line. Most stores also have self-check-out services.
10.Sometimes you just have to wait! There is no getting around it. If you know ahead of time, bring something along to help pass the time; magazine, puzzle,etc. Or get a cup of coffee or a soft drink and just mellow out. Or do what I do…talk to others in line. Most are eager to reciprocate or commiserate. At any rate, it helps to pass the time.
© The Waiting Game Ann Gambrell May 2016