How to Be Productive While You are Waiting At the ATM
Can you be productive while you are waiting at the ATM? In an economy where demonetization is the demon of the day, and cash-exchange is the norm, it is no news to find yourself in a long queue at the ATM, especially at month ends (you know what I mean, for the salary earners).
Now, we all know what a task standing in a queue can be like, imagine 30 minutes of doing nothing? Worry not! Next time you are in a queue, do one or more of these productive tasks
Check and Reply to Emails:
Ever told yourself you had to reply that email later, and yet, forget due to your busy schedule and work plans? It has happened to the best of us. Well, now is the right time. Swipe that phone and start answering those mails. You can even work right from your email while waiting in the queue – Schedule meetings, and reply those work emails also.
Man, they say, is a social animal. What better place than a queue full of strangers? There is a bunch of topics you could use to break the ice, for starters “What do you think of the present ruling government?”, “Do you think the present economy can get any better in the hands of this government?” Or rather, keep it simple, “It is a beautiful weather today, what do you think?” “Population increases daily, something should be done about it”. And if talking to strangers feels weird, there are several applications you can tap on to connect with people around while waiting on that queue. You can also use the Facebook app to find people nearby.
Take That Rewarding Selfie:
We are the Insta generation! Right from our food, to clothes, everything is done and gotten at an instant. Pictures are not left out, there are several photo apps like Snapchat, Instagram that reward our photography skills with likes and comments. What better way to add a bit of ginger while waiting in a queue.
Make A To-Do List:
An average human being makes 3 different kinds of the to-do list in a day: Worklist, Chores list, and What-am-I-doing-over-the-weekend list. He/she spends an average of 10 minutes making each one of them, that equals 30 minutes! So why not do it while you have nothing better to do? Get out that pen and pad and scribble off your plans. Or if a pen and paper are not handy at the time, there are several apps that can help: Google Keep, Mobile Notepad, Habitica.
Check Up On That Loved One:
If you have sufficient airtime, with the free time at the ATM queue, you can easily put a smile on that loved ones face. Call to check up on everyone you have been too busy to call and make their day. Apart from the prayers offered, or the appreciations preferred in generous words, these little things go a very long way.