How much do you value your time at?
If your income is tied to your performance at all, you shouldn't be spending time in line. Anyone who runs their own company, contracts/freelances, or bills hourly should never wait in line if they can help it.
But, unintuitively - even if you're salaried, waiting in line is a bad idea. It kills your mind. Nothing gets done. Your production is lower - across your whole life - if you spend time waiting in line. You'll never be able to measure for sure, but I reckon the man who spends a few bucks a week to not wait in line gets promoted faster, gets recruited more, gets more job offers, and larger bonuses.
In other words - I think the ROI on paying to not wait in line is pretty good.
So, try this - long line. You're buying a coffee for $3. Go over to a staff member doing something else (not the cashier), and say, "Hey, can I just leave a five here and get out of here, and you settle it and keep the change when things calm down?"
I've had a 100% success rate with this. It's conservatively saving me at the very least 30 to 60 minutes per week, and costing me... I don't know, a low enough amount that it's a no brainer. Try it out. Not obnoxiously. Just be cool, pay a little bit to free your time up and get the hell out of standing around like a doofus.
I like this idea. Maybe they could have something like what they do in mcdonalds nowadays - a separate line for small things like ice cream, and small burgers. A quick coffee lane where the only thing you can order is hot coffee and that's it.
I love this and use this approach as often as I possibly can. Especially in the Philippines...everything is notoriously slow causing lines to be quite miserable. I'll often just pay and walk away....giving a little extra for saving me the time. I wouldn't interrupt the process for others, though...I think it's COMPLETELY worth it to save your time, but not at the expense of others.
I think this applies to many other situations too. Travel (I'll pay a little extra to not have extreme layovers) and the like.
I agree with this, and I think there should be a line at grocery stores that charges X% more with the fastest cashier and bagger assigned to it. Anyone in a hurry goes through it.
If the shop can't handle it, stop going there.
you want to save time, buy a Nespresso machine.
If you want to be a sociopathic asshole, listen to sebastian marshall. He's fucking *fantastic* at being a selfish, sociopathic asshole.
A big, big thanks to Ryan Waggoner for recommending this excellent, short book.
Here's what Ryan has to say about it:
The title would have you believe it’s about time management, and it is, partly. But it’s also about living deliberately, and about why you should manage your time in the first place. It’s a very quick read, no more than an hour or so, but the principles in the book are incredibly valuable. - http://ryanwaggoner.com/2010/09/how-to-live-on-24-hours-a-day/
I'm a fan of Ryan's work and writing on productivity and habits, so I went and checked the book out. First, yup, it's easy to read in one sitting. Second, yes, there's a lot of good insights into why you should take control over your time.
Now, I'm a person does try to live my time, so you'd think I already have plenty of reasons. And I do. But the author of How to Live 24 Hours Per Day does a really good job of getting you into thinking about things the right way. Also, the book has some really funny English humor in there.
Everyone's waiting for the right time for something. The right time to quit their job, the right time to ask her out, the right time to travel, or the right time to start a new project.
In a little over a week I leave Austin until June. I have a LOT to do. More than I will get done.
I have to get my RV's engine repaired before the warranty expires and I have to find a place to store the thing while I'm gone. I have a few things to sell on ebay. I have a few pieces of gear I'd like to test out for the new trip.