“Bonus time” is an interesting concept that keeps me happy when I am supposed to be angry, frustrated or disappointed.
If my flight is delayed by an hour, I consider it the ‘bonus time’ I’ve been granted. Full 60 minutes of no plans, no commitments, no schedules! I can do whatever I like – read, work, think, relax, eat, take photos, call family, or just sit and do nothing for a change. Of course, I have the alternative to get angry at the airline; demand explanations; get upset about the delay; think of the rest of the things that would all be delayed by an hour… but none of that is going to help. Next time you have a delay or a wait, try to think of it as a gift of ‘bonus time’ e.g.
- You have an appointment with a dentist, or with anyone else, but are asked to wait for half an hour when you arrive.
- It takes you longer than planned on the road, due to traffic.
- You queue up somewhere and it seems to take forever.
In each of these situations, you have a choice to get upset or consider the waiting time as ‘bonus time’ in which you can do something positive, productive and unplanned – like making that call to someone special or catching up on the news or thinking some good thoughts or just conscious breathing. Will you try?
[Photo taken during a road trip in Yogyakarta last week]