Perhaps you're waiting for a pot of water to boil or a casserole to bake. As long as you're stuck in the kitchen, you might as well be productive! The next time you're drumming your fingers on the countertop, consider thinking ahead to future meals and figuring out what can be done ahead of time.
Here are some time-savers that work for me. Slap together a few ham and cheese sandwiches for tomorrow's school lunches while you wait for the dinner timer to ding. Chopping fruit for lunch? Toss your dinner veggies on the cutting board in preparation for suppertime. Planning ahead will surely streamline your mealtime tasks, plus it'll cut down on the number of items you'll have to wash.