Life is crazy. We all have demands placed on our time. We feel overwhelmed and that bit by bit, control is slipping through our fingers. What’s more, the thought of starting a personal project has become wishful thinking…
So, what to do? Give up? No, not yet! There is another solution and one that has made me rethink how to maximize my time and make the most of every minute. Hopefully, this suggestion will be of service to you as well! What I am proposing is to rethink your schedule on a more “micro level” or rather a Five-Minute Productivity Blitz!
In her book, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, Kate White explains that waiting for a big block of time to become uber-productive, conquer the world, rest, or start a meaningful project, rarely happens! In case you haven’t noticed, life is way too busy for that, and besides; something will always present itself to stop the production line! A guest will show up, your child will get sick, or you may have to leave town on an unexpected business trip. These situations are real and definitely out of our control. As a result, we get discouraged and experience goal frustration.
Realizing this, I started analyzing my own situation and decided to get creative. I decided to take a closer look into my day and saw many pockets of time that were in my control. It was just five minutes here and there, but nonetheless, I had some extra time. I know five minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but trust me, it can be the start of something great and better yet, can get the productivity ball rolling – and that’s important! Remember sometimes, small, incremental steps are all you need to start something meaningful! In light of this, I thought it would be fun to see just what could be accomplished in short pockets of time that could potentially yield great results – or lessen your daily stress! Here’s what I came up with.
– Drive to work and listen to an audiobook;
– Clean out the kitchen junk drawer or your sock drawer;
– Write a quick email to one of your contacts to maintain your network;
– Sort through your mail, shred, and pay a bill or two;
– Jot down ideas for a blog post;
– Write down your goals;
– Review your goals;
– Plan your week’s menu and make a grocery list;
– Call someone to say a quick hello;
– Fold a basket of laundry (while listening to your audiobook);
– Read a passage from a great book;
– In the evening, plan out your upcoming day;
– Go over your calendar of appointments;
– Journal to connect with yourself and to be grateful; or
– Sit still, breathe, collect your thoughts and visualize your dreams.
It’s also important to keep in mind that these five-minute productivity bursts work best when you are prepared and have your tools at hand. In other words, if you know you will be waiting at the doctor’s office, make sure to have your book with you in your handbag, or keep a notebook and pen with your so you can draft your blog post or take notes. Being prepared will ensure you get the most out of those precious few minutes.
What’s also magical about this five-minute productivity blitz is that it will often take on its own momentum and expand according to your needs. Five minutes may turn into 10, and 10 into 15, and so on. Furthermore, motivation will increase, ideas will start flowing, and soon, you’ll be on a roll! I know this to be true, because I’ve experienced it! In fact, this is how I’ve worked for many years. During these short sessions of focused time, I’ve come up with great ideas and started meaningful projects!
I really encourage you to give it a try and see how this small investment in time can have the potential to yield incredible results!
How do you maximize your “free time”? In a pinch, would you be ready to make the most of 5 minutes? What would you be doing? What project would you be working on or thinking of? What tools would you need ? Feel free to share your thoughts and comment in the reply box below! Or, your can also join our private FB discussion forum to keep the conversation going!
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