A lot of times we get time gaps during our day when we just don’t have anything to do. Some events might get canceled, you might finish your tasks earlier than scheduled or you just simply have to do low-demanding tasks like driving or riding on a bus. In this blog post I’m going to focus on how to get the most out of your least productive time.
Using video game analogies in work has a lot of benefits as I’ve said in my previous post. In RPG games you have progress bars which show how much of a certain task you have accomplished so far. You should be able to identify the tasks that can be accomplished gradually and set the progress bar to each one of them. Let me give you some ideas on what kinds of tasks you can tackle in this fashion.
Podcasts & Audio books
My hands down favorite time-killer when I’m taking a ride is listening to audio books or podcasts. There’s not a lot to be said about it other than how surprisingly big amount of listening time you can accumulate over time this way. I usually spend 8 hours a week on transport which gives me enough time to listen a 2 month worth of content from my favorite podcasts channels or a 250 page book. If you haven’t tried this yet, you’re missing out.
Any kind of exercise will help you feel energetic and stay healthy. It can be something as simple as taking a walk. Going outside for a walk can have a lot of benefits. Besides getting vitamin D, you can explore your neighborhood, which does resemble unlocking new places on the map in video games, discover new stuff to which you’ve never paid attention before, which can serve as a great exercise for your brain as well. Also changing the environment can be very helpful to recharge and get ready to take on the upcoming tasks.
Write down the things that you always tend to ignore.
Another way to take advantage of unscheduled time gaps is to get the minor tasks done. Which can be something like: repairing broken stuff around the house, sewing a button to a shirt, cleaning your shoes and stuff like that. You can create a list of these kind of tasks and check them off over time.
Always have a side project going.
Having a side project can add a lot of value to your life. Choose something that can be accomplished progressively, like: knitting a scarf, writing a novel, coding a website, DIY projects and so on, possibilities are endless. You can also learn simple skills like solving a Rubik’s Cube, how to do a backflip, your favorite dance moves, card tricks and skills of that nature, the ones that you never know when they will come in handy, but when they do, they make you the coolest person in the room.
Call your parents
And of course you can call your parents and ask how they’re doing which will help you avoid complaints on how ungrateful and inattentive of a child you are.
It might seem pointless to try to do something productive when you don’t have to work, it kind of makes sense to use this time for leisure but in reality, if you think long-term, there are infinite amount of ways to get a lot of value out of this time cumulatively.