Many of us enjoyed an extra hour’s sleep this past Sunday, November 6th, thanks to Daylight Savings Time (DST). The practice of setting clocks back in the fall and moving them forward every spring to maximize evening daylight has its defenders and detractors, but nobody can deny the feel-good perk to “fall back” an hour once a year to sleep, play, read, finish projects, or go shopping.
Now imagine that you had an extra hour every day – imagine saving not one but dozens of hours a year. In fact, you can! That’s because all of us waste hours a year waiting in line. That’s useless, inefficient, frustrating time that we’ll never get back. By avoiding lines at the hospital, DMV, airports, and other places where people are forced to stand around, you can reclaim wasted hours every day. That’s where mobile queuing technology can play a key role in saving time.
Mobile queuing recreates the relief and relaxation of DST by allowing users to sign up for a virtual line with any participating business or organization. Users are told how long it will be before their number comes up and can even watch the queue proceed on their mobile devices so they arrive just in time to handle their business without ever having to physically wait in line.
Imagine any sort of business with a waiting time, and think about how often people have to stand in lines every week. Lines at the bank, the DMV, the airport, the doctor, the vet, massage parlor, auto shop… the list goes on like the lines go on. So what if instead of standing around and waiting you could go to a nearby café, shop at a store, or even catch a movie? What if you could skip the uncomfortable seating and irritated fellow visitors at the DMV and just stay home or at work a while longer? Imagine how many more Americans would vote in every election if voting just meant showing up, filling out your ballot, and going about your day?
Daylight savings time gives us a taste of what it’s like to get time back for free once a year. Mobile queuing apps give us back real time whenever we would have had to stand around waiting.