We all have times when we are waiting in the car. This might be when we are picking up kids, waiting for a friend or we are early for an appointment. This might feel like wasted time, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many productive things you can do when you are waiting in the car, and I am going to share 20 ideas with you in this post.
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20 Productive Things To Do When You Are Waiting In The Car
1. Tidy your car
If you’re anything like me, your car will get quite messy with tissues, old parking tickets and food packaging in the door storage and glove compartment. Use your waiting time to gather them into one place or put them in a plastic bag ready to take indoors and throw away later.
2. Tidy your handbag
Likewise, you might gather random clutter such as receipts and sweet wrappers in your bag or purse. Take this time to clear it out and tidy the contents of your bag.
3. Adjust your car clock
This tip only applies if you have an older car where the clock doesn’t automatically set to the right time. Strangely, my car clock seems to gradually speed up and get ahead of the real time. Take a moment to check your car clock against your phone and make sure it is accurate. If you wear an analogue watch, you can check that for accuracy too while you’re at it.
4. Add spare change to your parking money
Most people keep a small tin of change in their car for parking and tolls. See if it needs topping up, and if so, add in some small change from your purse or wallet.
5. Review your diary
If you have your diary with you, look through it and make sure you have all your commitments written down. Also, remind yourself what you have coming up in the next week or so, so that you can mentally prepare.
6. Update your shopping list
If you keep a shopping list on your phone (or on paper), go through it and delete things that you have already bought. Also, think about what other things you need, and add them to the list.
7. Clear out your phone notes
I make a lot of notes on my phone. In fact, this blog post is based on a note I have on my phone of things to do when waiting in the car! Many of my phone notes become completely irrelevant after a while because they were short-term reminders. If you have lots of notes on your phone, go through and delete ones you don’t need any more.
8. Delete old text messages
If you have a lot of old text messages that are now irrelevant, delete them to make space on your phone.
9. Delete bad or un-needed photos
So many photos can build up on our phones. Go through and delete any that are bad, any duplicates and any that you don’t need or want.
10. Organise your apps
Delete any apps that you don’t use any more, and sort the remaining apps into a logical order. I sort mine by function and frequency of use, but I have seen some people sort them by colour. Do whatever works for you!
11. Optimise your phone
Most phones have a built-in optimiser app. All it takes is one tap to optimise your phone’s performance and make it run a little bit more smoothly.
12. Catch up on social media
This is not necessarily productive if you are just going to scroll down your feed. But if you actually have messages or comments that you need to reply to, this would be a good time to do it.
13. Message a friend
Why not use this spare time to send a quick message to check in with a friend, or even arrange to video call them? It will keep you socially connected and it could make their day!
14. Learn a language
A language is a useful skill to learn in your spare time. I am currently learning French and I use the Duolingo app which I highly recommend. If you do a few lessons every time you are waiting in the car, you’ll make good progress!
15. Take surveys
There are various apps where you can earn money by taking surveys. Why not download some and use the spare time waiting in the car to make a bit of pocket money? My favourite survey app is OnePulse. The surveys are really short and easy and I have made around £50 on there in the past year.
16. Read a book
You might not always have a physical book with you. I keep magazines in my car because they are easier to dip in and out of at random. But if you happen to be reading a kindle e-book you can read it on the kindle app on your phone.
Related post: 12 Books That I Loved in 2020
17. Read a magazine
I always keep at least one magazine in my car so I can flick through it if I am waiting and I have nothing else to do.
18. Do some Kegel exercises
If you haven’t heard of Kegel exercises, they involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles to strengthen them. Kegel exercises are subtle and easy to do, even when sitting in the car, and they could help you to avoid incontinence problems later on in life.
19. Apply lip balm and/or hand cream
20. Drink some water
I always keep a water bottle in my bag when I’m out and about, but sometimes when I’m busy I forget to drink. Time spent waiting in the car is a good time to get hydrated.
What do you do when you are waiting in the car?
Do you do any of these productive things while waiting in the car? Do you have any more ideas of things to do? Let me know in the comments!