10 useful things you can do in the next 5 minutes
One of these days is none of these days. – Mark Twain
How often do you have small pockets of time that seem to disappear on you? What if you had a list of easy AND useful things you could do in 5 minutes per day (or less!)?
Lucky you, it’s right here! After all, it’s always easier to have an idea ahead of time what you will do that’s useful or productive in your pockets of time than to try to come up with ideas in the moment.
1. Write a status update of your written goals.
If you’re already reviewing your written goals every day, take once a week or once a month to write down a written progress report. This can be as simple as 1-2 sentences, and can be written anywhere easy. The purpose is two-fold: To have a record of your progression and to reinforce the value of your goals by physically writing down the current status of each goal.
2. Review your calendar for upcoming meetings, events or appointments.
How many times have you looked at your calendar only to realize that you have a meeting coming up that you forgot to prepare for, forgot to plan childcare for, or wanted to do a few things before it happened? Taking a quick glance at your calendar for the next day (or few days) can make a dramatic difference in how you prioritize your immediate time.
3. Read an article relevant to your professional or personal life.
I use Feedly and keep a list of news sites and blogs categorized by type of information (Business, Parenting, Food, Friends, etc). When I have a few minutes, I can quickly scan categories and/or headlines and read where I need the most encouragement.
4. Do a short workout.
There are a number of different apps with short workouts, or you could simply jog in place or walk up and down a few flights of stairs.
5. Drink a glass of water.
They say it’s good for your heath.
6. Take a series of deep, calming breaths.
I’m no expert, but taking a long, deep breath in and slow-exhale out really does relax and ground me, especially in the midst of busy or stressful times.
7. Text or email three friends.
So easy, and yet one so many of us (myself included!) don’t do if it’s not a conscious thought.
8. Clean out your handbag, desk drawer or any other single surface/drawer/cupboard.
This always takes less time than I think it will. Having clean, uncluttered surfaces is an instant mood lift.
9. Read a few pages in a book.
I keep physical books at my desk and bedside, as well as the Kindle app on my phone to that reading a page or two in pockets of spare time
10. Secure your passwords.
I started using LastPass several years ago, and it’s saved me more time than I can count not having to re-look up or reset passwords. Signing up for a LastPass account is quick (less than 5 minutes!), and you can add passwords as you go, a few minutes at a time – no need for a massive project.
Which useful idea will you take action on today?
Need more ideas? Read 10 more tips here.