Turn Your Down Time into Productive Time

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If you’re like most folks, you probably spend a lot of time waiting…and waiting……snzzzzzzz.



For example, when you are:

•    Sitting on the train, waiting to get to your destination.

•    Stuck in traffic, waiting for the congestion to clear.

•    Waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting for the mechanic, waiting for the parent-teacher conference to start, waiting for the commercial to be over so you can get back to watching your favorite TV program, waiting to pay at the grocery store…

You know what I mean.

BUT…You can manage your time better by turning your downtime into productive time. For example:

  • Answer emails or listen to a podcast

Tip: If you don’t have a connection to the Internet, then download your emails into an email client like Outlook Express before you get on the train, answer them and put them in your outbox so they go out the next time you connect.

  • Create your to do lists while waiting for a doctor’s appointment.
  • Use a voice recorder to create verbal to do lists, get organized or make notes while you’re stuck in traffic. Try the Dragon Voice Recognition App. Super cool and a great way to verbally dictate and have it transcribed to an email.
  • You can also catch up on your “reading” by listening to iPod books or books on CDs.
  • Pay bills online or create your shopping list during commercial breaks while you’re watching TV.
  • Return short phone calls while walking between a parking lot and your office or store.

Bottom line: If you have (involuntary) downtime, you probably can fit a small task into that timeslot.

Now go forth and be productive!

About Becky Flansburg

Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog Franticmommy.com is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest