Spend less time waiting in lines by not waiting in the line at all
"There are some startups involved [in solving that problem]. You can place your order online and you tell them what time you'll be in the parking lot, and they'll load up your car. (Editor's Note: Curbside is our choice for that service. We also like Instacart, which will actually deliver your groceries within an hour.) The key thing is to avoid the rush hours. If you avoid the rush hours, the lines aren't very long, or might not exist at all."
When you're stuck in line, you can at least improve the experience
Taking out your phone and staring at it will distract you, but Dr. Queue doesn't like it. "That's okay to a point, but so many lives now are just totally virtual. So many humans don't know where they are." If a professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is telling you to put down your phone, you should listen.
Instead, he offers, "I would recommend [focusing on your breath/meditating] as one of the ways you can calm down in queueing. I like to reflect on life or daydream. Or I'll introduce myself to someone who's an adjacent queuer and make a new friend."
He continues, "I'm not a big fan of just living in the virtual life all the time. It's nice to introduce yourself to a human who might be standing next to you."
But if you continue to stare at Thrillist on your phone for another minute, we won't complain.
Lee Breslouer is a senior writer at Thrillist and doesn't mind waiting in line and sitting in traffic. Follow him to more news you can use at: @LeeBreslouer.