Little Chunks of Time: How do You Use Them?

by Kena Paranjape on June 18, 2012

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Since I've been working on launching a business, I find myself running between meetings all day long.  These meetings, unlike those in a traditional office environment, are super helpful and have been essential in moving our business forward.  The downside is not in the time lost in the meetings themselves, but in the little chunks of time in between. What do you do when you have 15 to 30 minutes free between meetings or appointments? For a while I found myself surfing the internet, hanging out in a coffee shop (waiting for my next meeting) reading free local papers, or even turning on the TV to catch the beginning or end of random shows.  But eventually losing all that time during a day left me feeling frustrated and I started to brainstorm ways to productively fill it.

  • Read: I bookmark interesting articles when I come across them and when I have a few extra minutes, go back to read them.  I've also taken to carrying my e-reader in my bag so I can pick up where I left off from the book I am reading.
  • Clean & De-Clutter: Do a quick scan of the fridge and clean out anything old, start a load of laundry, sort through mail,  clear off your workspace, go through your inbox.
  • Blog: I have to admit, it has been hard to focus on thinking up post ideas for In Life & In Fashion while so focused on thinking about the business!  That's why I've taken to using little chunks of time to come up with post ideas....hopefully this will help me to post more regularly. :)
  • Brainstorm: My partner and I have a long list of things we are constantly discussing and brainstorming.  I now keep a running list and when I find myself with a few moments, give some time to jotting down ideas and thoughts around some of our key strategies.
  • Make a Phone Call: I used to avoid making phone calls.  They feel disruptive and can be frustrating at times but they are also necessary!  I now use little chunks of free time to make calls - even if its to book myself a haircut (finally!!)

Here are some other great ideas on what to do with short time periods during the day:

20 Useful Things you Can Accomplish in 15 Minutes - from PicktheBrain.com

15 Big Little Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes - from Forbes.com

How do you best use your little chunks of free time in a day?

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Sharalee 08.10.12 at 4:57 am

It's amazing what you can actually get done in those few (often wasted) moments in between! Really maximizing on them really helps to keep the momentum of productivity going and can often give such a great little boost of accomplishment as you cross things off the ever growing to-do list - or even just spend it in a way that you value more (a chapter of a great book vs Entertainment Tonight).
Excited to hear of your new business - congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about it! xo

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