10 Ways to Use Spare Time Productively

Want to be a productivity machine? Here are 10 things you can do to make the most of every spare minute available - because you just don't have as many as you think.

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1. Start another task early.

Seems obvious, but it's very true. Rather than relaxing or sitting around doing nothing, tackle something else on your to-do list. You'll get more done, it's productive and you'll feel better at the end of the day knowing that you got extra work done.

I also recommend planning out tomorrow's day (if you haven't already!) Write down everything you need to do tomorrow, and then put it in order or how you're going to do it. You can even put an estimate of how long it will take. This will make the day more productive, clear your mind, stop you forgetting anything and will actually help you sleep better.

2. Engage or network on social media

Social media should be a part of every single person's marketing strategy, and one of the most important parts of social is...being social! Engaging with other people, putting out posts, networking, building followers and continually adding value on a daily basis will build your platforms into a very valuable asset. It doesn't take long, just a few minutes a day.

3. Draft a blog post.

Blogging is another tool that should be a part of everyone's marketing, and having a few minutes available is the perfect time to draft up an article. This can be as simple as thinking of a heading, and then adding dot points for what you'll write about. If you have time you can draft the whole thing, but by simply adding the skeleton, it will make it a breeze for you later, and will make sure your ideas don't go wasted. In no time you'll have a blog full of useful posts!

4. Brainstorm.

Your brain is an incredible computer with powers you cannot even fathom. If you actively have a brainstorm about one particular thing, you will come up with some seriously creative ideas. These ideas don't come up as often in everyday life because we are subconciously doing a hundred things at once. But if you focus on one piece of info, you will create powerful ideas. This can be anything from solving a tricky problem to thinking about a totally new business idea. This sounds strange, but I honestly have come up with some absolutely brilliant and creative concepts just from focusing on a single task. It's why we think so productively in the shower - no distractions!

5. Call a loved one.

Most of us just simply don't take enough time to check in on the people we care about. If you've got a moment, it goes a long way just to get in touch with the important people in your life. Whether it's a family member, and old friend, your significant other or someone special, just give them a call and see how they're going. They will love you for it!

6. Do a Workout

Exercise is good for a billion and one reasons, and this is a perfect opportunity to do some. It doesn't take long and it will make you feel good. It will also drastically increase your mood and your productivity because of the endorphins from the exercise. Download the 7 Minute Workout app (links below) which you can squeeze in almost anywhere, anytime!

7. Connect to Public Wi-Fi.

This is especially useful if you're meeting up with someone but they're late. I was recently meeting up with a friend but he was going to be a while stuck in traffic, so I headed to McDonalds and wrote a whole blog post. There's internet everywhere these days (there's also a lot of McDonalds restaurants) so it shouldn't be hard to find!

8. Listen to Audio and Do Some Housework

If you're at home, this is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone. Chuck on an audio book or a podcast while you do some housework that needs doing. Whether it's washing, cleaning, fixing something, whatever it is, now you've got a chance to get it out of the way AND learn something in the process. I have three recommendations:

An endless selection of great audiobooks for as little as $14.95 a month. 

This app summarises non fiction books into 15 minute reads or audio. Only $55 US a year if you use code lucky30 (this is actually the best app I've seen all year).

30 - 60 minute episodes on great topics, and they can be a bit more fun than audiobooks because they often have a funky host. Check out the #AskGaryVee Show, the Startup Podcast, Seth Godin's Business School, The Young Entrepreneur's Lifestyle Podcast and The Tim Ferriss Show.

9. Read a Book.

I am a big believer in self education, however it is a luxury that shouldn't come before doing actual work. Real life work is more important, but this is the perfect time to read a few pages. Obviously I encourage you to read something productive and useful to make the most of it. Check out my article 'Great Books for Entrepreneurs' here. 

10. Do Brain Games on Lumosity.

Lumosity is a great way to make the most of a small gap in your day, and is infinitely more valuable than browsing social media. Luminosity challenges your brain with games designed by neuroscientists to exercise memory and attention. Customise your personalised brain training program and check out Lumosity by clicking here.

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Do some of these when you have part of your day open up to make the most of it. Whatever you're doing, make the most of your spare time that you have available.


(Twitter @mitchills)



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