Since launching BRIKA, I find myself running between meetings all day long. These meetings, unlike those in a traditional office environment, are essential. 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 or while commuting? For a while I found myself surfing the internet, hanging out in a coffee shop, or reading local papers. But eventually losing all that time during a day left me feeling frustrated and I started to brainstorm ways to productively fill it. Here are 5 easy things to do that will make you feel more accomplished by the end of the day:
1. Read! I bookmark interesting articles when I come across them and go back and read them when I have a few extra minutes. I've also taken to carrying my e-reader in my bag so I can pick up where I left off.
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2. Clean & de-clutter. Do a quick scan of the fridge and throw out anything old, start a load of laundry, sort through mail, clear off your workspace, or go through your inbox.
3. Brainstorm. Jen 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. Tip: always keep a notebook handy!
4. 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 it's to book myself a haircut (finally!!)
5. Start something you've been dreading. Whether it's a project at work, a conversation with someone, or making a big decision, take the little time you have to just get started—even if it's simple making notes, dedicating 15 minutes to research, or scheduling a meeting, you'll feel much better getting a handle on something you've been putting off.