We know it’s tough to not go insane while waiting on hold. We’re all too familiar with those dreaded two words, “Please hold.” It’s a rigid wall. No matter how busy we are, we don’t have a say in the matter. It’s either you wait on hold or hang up. The worst part about it is the unknown. We never know how long we’ll be on hold, stuck in an awful telephone purgatory. It could range anywhere from 15 seconds to 15 minutes (sometimes it feels like it could be 15 years). Who’s to know? Fortunately, there is good news. Those precious seconds that fade into minutes can be used for something fun and productive. So, don’t despair, here’s how to not go insane while waiting on hold.
Sign a petition online
Research something you are passionate about and sign a petition for it online. You can make a difference with the touch of your fingertips. On March For Our Lives, you can sign the petition to help ban the sale of assault weapons, like the ones used in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Aurora and Sandy Hook.
Delete old text messages
Just like having too many apps, having too many text messages can slow down your phone. Go through your device and delete any unnecessary text message. If you are the kind of person that likes to save things, you can download them to your computer.
Call your parents
Put your hold call on hold and call your parents! Think of all the missed calls you’ve had from them over the last year. Make your Mom or Dad’s day by calling to check in and to catch up. They will definitely appreciate it.
Make a phone projector
All you’ll need is a shoe box, glue, and a magnifying glass. Position your magnifying glass at the end of the box and cut out enough space so the magnifying glass can fit perfectly. Place your phone inside the box and enjoy!
Write your future self a letter
Future Me allows you to write a letter to your future self. They will email you the letter you wrote in either 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years. They also have an option to choose a specific date. Most of the people who wrote to themselves found the experience to be very moving.