What does waiting have to do with organizing?
1. If you plan your waiting time well, it won’t be so frustrating.
2. Nobody plans to wait, most people wait to plan (pithy aphorism, no?).
3. The surprise of being forced to wait is part of what is so irritating about it.
4. Waiting can’t be altogether eliminated; we all get stuck sometimes.
When you find yourself in a waiting situation, how can you survive calmly and without resentment?
1. Acknowledge the reality, “Oh, we get to practice waiting.”
2. Concentrate on keeping your voice quiet, well-modulated, and with a pleasant expression on your face
3. If children are with you, play any number of equipment-free games (e.g. “I Spy,” “I’m Going on a Picnic and Bringing…” with each person adding one item and repeating all the items said before, mental math appropriate to the age, fingerplays)
4. Say Tehillim
5. Write postcards to friends and family just because, or as a friend of mine does, write postcards to unknown children in an orphanage in Israel
6. Have a small handful of mail with you to sort or respond to
7. Take turns listing things for which you are grateful
8. Make a grocery list
9. Plan for the next event, holiday, or meal
10. Build flexibility into your schedule so that you won’t be unduly stressed while waiting
11. Keep a ziplock bag of Cheerios in your purse just in case
12. Use hand lotion
13. Clean the contents of your purse
14. Write a thank you note (keep blank ones in your purse just for this occasion) – did anyone do a favor for you? Give you a nice smile? Compliment you?
15. Quiz each child on family facts (e.g. birth dates, all of cousins’ names, new married names)
16. Do any of the 6 constant mitzvos (see book of the same name)
17. Make a friend with any other line-buddy
18. Think of a gemach to start
19. Offer to help if the cause of the waiting is due to human limitations
20. Notice what you hear, see, experience
21. Organize coupons
22. Clean inside of car with baby wipes (always keep a box of them in the car)
23. Think of one nice thing you can do for each member of your family, or neighbor, or friend
24. Think of one do-able way to improve one character trait
25. Before doing any errand, make sure that your physical needs have been addressed
26. Discard any non-working pens
27. Balance your checkbook
28. Put all change (other than quarters) into a tzedakah box
29. Learn to knit or crochet
30. Think of one person to whom you need to apologize
31. Plan when/where/what to say to apology recipient
32. Think of one person who would really like to hear from you
33. Breathe slowly and calmly
34. Pick one doable way to improve something in your home
Do you have a winning idea?
Devora Farrell, of This Organized, can be reached at 973 919-7761