My recent drive to visit friends in Somerset was one of the longest I've had. I ended up in long queues of traffic at the various bottlenecks and roundabout nightmares along the way.
While you can't always avoid queues you can minimize their impact:
- Plan your visit to avoid peak times, so you don't spend so much time in queues.
- Order online and avoid some queues completely.
- Come back later when the queue may have gone down.
- When travelling - leave early or later. Avoid peak commuter times.
- If you can, arrange meetings to avoid travelling in peak time.
If standing in queues is unavoidable - make the most of your static* time:
- Text or phone a friend
- Clear text messages
- Update your contacts
- Listen to a podcast
- Read - always have some reading material with you.
- Use it as thinking time - jot down notes and ideas about a problem, new project.
* By static I mean not moving - i.e. don't participate in any of these while driving.
Next time you're stuck in a queue - decide if standing waiting is the best use of your time or if there is something more productive you could be doing.
When you can't avoid a queue - just go with it.