Open Forum: What do you do when you’re waiting?

Matt Stauffer

I had a conversation on Twitter the other day with Jeff Gissing where we discussed how Karani’s mobile friendliness is helpful for when you’re on campus or meeting with a donor. I mentioned that I loved having it up on my phone either before or after a meeting with a donor, and it gave me something to look over even on campus when I was waiting. And this got me to thinking. Sure, I love the app I created, but that’s not the only thing I do when I’m waiting for someone. I have a few apps and web sites that I really appreciate during these down times, and I figured, why don’t we share?

So. In the comments (yes, that means you might have to come out of the shadows for just a minute), please share any web sites, apps, or habits that you have for when you’re waiting–for a donor, for a student, for a bus, or for whatever.

(photo from Flickr user pennuja)

By Matt Stauffer | Posted: Mar 28, 2012
Category: Miscellaneous, Time & Task Management | Permalink | Post a comment | Trackback URL.


  1. March 28, 2012, 12:05 pm | Permalink

    OK, I’ll start. I love Instapaper. Every time I come across an article I want to read later, I just toss it into Instapaper. So, it’s like a newspaper full of articles I want to read.. and the app syncs every time you open it, so the next time you open it, you can read at your leisure even if there’s a spotty Internet connection.


  2. Steve Yackey
    March 29, 2012, 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I spend a lot of time browsing Lifehacker and Rootzwiki (an android forum). Sometimes I browse my twitter feed to see if people have posted any interesting links.

  3. March 30, 2012, 8:46 am | Permalink

    Depending on the time, I will take a look at Twitter or check email to scan for emergencies/urgent emails. I need some creative ideas–I’m in a rut!

  4. March 31, 2012, 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I usually work on interacting with my streams, usually, Google Reader when waiting.


  5. Peter Lebhar
    April 11, 2012, 10:34 am | Permalink

    Matt, loving instapaper. It’s excellent. I think apps are great, but I also think sometimes it’s good to just sit and wait. I try not to give into the the pressure that at every moment I need to be on my phone, or look like I’m busy, so I try to just sit and give my mind a little free time to wander. Often I get a lot of creative ideas when I’m sitting and waiting. I’m definitely not anti-waiting apps, I’m going to use instapaper. I just think we need to intentionally carve out times to process the information we are taking in, and sometimes waiting is a good time to do that.


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