1. Schedule doctor or clinic appointments for first thing in the morning or right after lunch.
Many times waiting is the result of patient tardiness or the doctor had n emergency. Which will set the entire schedule off for the day. When you arrive at the 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.
2. 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 there is less rushed.
3. Shop for groceries early in the morning and in the mid afternoon. There are generally fewer shoppers and shorter lines at the checkout. Avoid shopping between 11:00 am & 1:00 pm, when many are taking advantage of their lunch hour.
4. Visit the smaller postal stations in lieu of the larger post offices. They provide most of the same services including credit card use. Avoid lunchtime and Mondays for quicker service. Purchase stamps by mail.
5. Avoid the car wash on Friday afternoon when many are preparing for the weekend. Also ask about special discounts. EG: Senior or discount day. Check out their discounted prepay car wash offers to save time and money.
6. Plan to not visit the gas station on Friday or Monday. Friday folks are getting ready for the weekend. And Monday they replenish for the week ahead. Paying at the pump also saves time and no waiting in line at the cashier. Some offer pre-paid cards with a discount also.
7. 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. Those behind you, which might be you next time, will be appreciative.
8. When you are pressed for time at the grocery store, make use of the 10 items or less checkout, or make use of the, self-checkout with any number of items allowed. Store staff is always willing to help you the first time. It’s a snap once you learn it.
9. Unfortunately, sometimes you just have to wait! I know…patience has never been one of my virtues either. However, there are times when it is non-avoidable. If you know ahead of time, bring something along to help pass the time… like a magazine or mail you have not had time to read or a word puzzle book. Or get a cup of coffee or a soft drink and just mellow out while waiting in line. Or do what I do…talk to others in line. Most are eager to reciprocate or even commiserate. At any rate, it passes the time and may help lessen the stress. We all need to “mellow-out anyway! See you in line or in the waiting room!
© Waiting Ann Gambrell, March 2013