Waiting in a doctor’s office might seem like a waste of time, especially when you were on-time for the appointment and the doctor is running late. It is impossible for physicians and their staff to plan for emergencies and delays. Instead of taking a nap or daydreaming, consider these five things to do while awaiting your meeting with your healthcare provider. You can make the most of your time, and without disturbing other people or annoying staff.
Create a Shopping List
While sitting in the waiting room of your doctor’s office, do not just sit there and stare past the gazes of other patients who are just as bored. Consider jotting down your next shopping list. Even if you just went grocery shopping, chances are you will still be able to come up with something. A notebook is not required. Use the back of a receipt or a cellphone app for notes. It beats doing absolutely nothing.
Browse Magazines for Creative Ideas
Most waiting rooms provide a variety of magazines. After all, people need something to do. They are less likely to become irritated with the wait time if they are entertained. Instead of mindlessly flipping through page after page, browse articles and photos for creative ideas. Take notes on anything that you might have on hand to write on. If necessary, ask for a piece of paper and a pen. You might end up with a complimentary pad of paper, courtesy of a drug rep. They regularly give medical offices swag. Be sure to use hand sanitizer after thumbing through magazines. They are huge carriers of germs in doctor’s offices.
Catch Up with Family and Friends through Texts
The use of cellphones is discouraged by most doctors and their staff. It is not because they will interfere with their medical equipment. People often miss being called when talking on a phone. Texting in silence should not be a problem. Use the time to catch up with family and friends through texts. It is something to do while waiting, and if you usually do not have time, it is a great way to get back in touch.
Make a Seasonal To-Do List
Everyone can benefit from making a personal to-do list. While waiting to be called for an appointment, create a list of seasonal chores and other things to do. Include optional as well as compulsory activities and tasks. You might be surprise by how much you come up with in just a few minutes.
Write Down Holiday Gift Ideas
No matter the time of year, it is a good idea to write down holiday gift ideas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or some other holiday(s), jot down ideas for gifts. It is a worthwhile activity while waiting at a doctor’s office. It will give you something to do as well as something constructive and positive to think about just before the appointment.
Source: Hours Spent in a Waiting Room