Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in a day? Do you ever wish there were more hours in a day? I noticed that I rarely have 3 free hours to do what I love, but I have many 10-15 minutes periods here and there during the day.
Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.
I’ve created a list of things I can do quickly whenever I have 10-15 minutes to spare.
I realized that, over the course of the day, time really adds up and gives me longer blocks of free time later. Now, every time I have 10 minutes, I go over this list and do 1 or 2 of them. It saves me some time and it just feels good to know I’ve already accomplished something on my to-do list.
This is my list:
- Tidy up your desk. You will be able to focus better on your tasks when you don’t have clutter to deal with.
- Get rid of the garbage in your car – everything you don’t use.
- Unsubscribe from the emails you don’t need and delete, delete, delete what’s left! Then, empty the trash.
- Empty your handbag, throw away whatever you don’t need, and keep only what you know you use every day. You definitely don’t need 5 pens, 7 lipsticks, 3 sunglasses, 6-month-old receipts, business cards, coupons, coins, tissues – used or unused, or pills.
- Call someone you care about – parent, child, brother or sister, or a dear friend, and just tell them you miss them.
- Read 5-6-7 pages from a book – a real book or even something you downloaded on your phone.
- Exercise – try some jumping jacks. It will boost your mood and you will feel like a child again.
- Relax; meditate or pray; or just BE.
- Delete duplicate photos on your phone or photos you already transferred to your computer; also, delete any application you haven’t used in a month to free up storage on your phone.
- Update your to-do list; check off something you already finished and write down whatever takes more than 10 minutes to complete so you can do it later.
- Plan your meal or write down a grocery shopping list.
- Sort your mail and throw away what you don’t need.
- Back up your photos; use a free storage like Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Take a walk or reconnect with nature; go outside.
- Water your plants.
- Do the dishes.
- Take a short nap.
- Make some food for now or later.
- Journal; write down a few highlights of the day, three things you are grateful for, or something that made you smile.
- Charge your phone.
- Adjust your schedule and map out your day.
- Prepare snacks for a few days.
- Write a “done” list.
- Sort clothes you want to donate to a worthy charity and set them aside. Next time you have 10 minutes, look for more, put them in a bag, and schedule a pick-up with your favorite charity. I donate to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.
As soon as you start using those 10 minutes whenever you have time and complete the small tasks immediately, you will create longer blocks of free time later and become more productive. And, of course, a little happier.
What are other ways to productively use your time?
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