Waiting for your bus, your computer to start or software to load. Every day we encounter many moments of down time and often we let it pass unused. Imagine how much time we could save, if we could spend all these empty minutes and seconds with useful tasks from our schedule. I tried to count my daily total amount of down time and it went up to almost 90 minutes. How awesome would it be, if I could do more work in these 90 minutes to end up with more free time in the evening? I browsed the web for some short tasks to fill up down time. You are welcome to add yours.
Exercise: do lunges, stretching or push-ups on the counter while waiting for the microwave. In the office, keep standing while your computer reboots and do some squats.
Clean: keep some cleaning supplies in your drawers and use down time to clean your monitor or desk. In your kitchen, you can clean the counter plate or get dishes out of the dishwasher.
Shower: and brush your teeth or scrub the walls of your shower, while you rinse your body or put on hair conditioner.
Make phone calls: when you walk to the supermarket, wait for the bus to depart or a download to complete.
Organize: check your desk for waste and old documents and throw them in your trash bin.
Refill: while your computer starts up, you have plenty of time to prepare some coffee or tea.
Update: flip through your contacts and delete those you don’t need anymore. Extra benefit: it reminds you to refresh old acquaintances.
Check: take a look at your schedule for today and mark your accomplished tasks. It gives you an overview of your current status and a positive feeling.
Free: your purse from all the rubbish you have collected in the last days. You don’t know what other lost items you might find back.
Read: how long is your reading list? You have more time to read than you might think. Just fill in waiting time by reading a page or finishing a chapter of your book.
Listen: If you are not the reading type, try audio books. Just listen a view minutes during down time to relax, laugh or educate yourself.
Relax: not by staring at your screen. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and revive some positive memories. Works also great during an elevator ride.
How do you spend your down time? We can never have enough tips. So if you have one to add, please leave a comment below.