Time isn’t something we ever seem to have an abundance of. Sometimes, all we have to spare is 10 minutes. What do you do in those 10 minutes? Most people would just spend it checking social media or sitting around letting it pass. But 10 minutes is plenty of time to get something productive done. Yes, only 10 minutes!
Here are 10 productive things you can do in 10 minutes or less:
- Update your to-do list: Sometimes, we create our to-do list…only to forget all about it. Spend a few minutes to update your to-do list. Check off what you’ve already done and prioritize what’s left. Spending a little bit of time on your to-do list will help you feel more organized or more prepared to tackle the day ahead.
- Organize your emails: Email inboxes can be a never ending vicious cycle. You spend hours cleaning it up but it seems to get full and cluttered the very next day. The key is being consistent. You have to be on top of your inbox. Otherwise, it’ll just get out of control. Spend 10 minutes every day organizing your inbox by filing emails away or deleting them. Keep the emails you still have to respond to.
- Do squats or lunges: When we’re short on time, exercise is often the first thing we drop off our list. However, getting a workout in daily, even a small one, is crucial to our health. You don’t necessarily need an hour or even 30 minutes to get a workout in. A few minutes will do. Just get up, stretch, and do a few squats and lunges.
- Organize your desk: Want to feel more productive instantly? Clearing away clutter will do the trick. If you have too much on your desk, organize it. File away your papers and put your pens back in the drawer. Something as simple as organizing can make you feel less stressed.
- Meditate: There is just so much going on at any given point in time that we can feel extremely overwhelmed. If you feel like you have too much to think about, take 1 or 2 minutes and just meditate. Sit down, close your eyes, and clear your mind. It may sound silly but it can really help you relieve stress and be a little happier.
- Clean out your fridge: When’s the last time you cleaned out your fridge? If you don’t remember, it’s time to do it. It only takes a few minutes. If you can’t remember when you bought it, it goes in the trash.
- Wash your dishes: Dishes don’t do themselves. So whether you need to load the dishwasher or hand wash some dishes, tackle the pile sitting in your sink.
- Clean out your wallet: Wallets seem to tell the story of our lives. They’re jammed packed with everything, from credit cards to business cards. You should clean out your wallet from time to time so that you’re not that annoying customer rummaging through your entire wallet for a credit card at the checkout line. Throw away any receipts you don’t need and try to use up all your change.
- Listen to your voicemail: Ever since the age of email, voicemail has taken a back seat. But don’t forget about it. You might actually get an important one from time to time so take a few minutes to listen to them.
- Strike up a conversation: If you have a few extra minutes and you have nothing to do, strike up a conversation with someone. Whether it’s in person, over the phone, or through text, it’s nice to just say hello and see how someone’s doing.
The next time you have 5 minutes to spare, try any or all of these suggestions. You’ll feel just a little more productive as a result.