What To Do When You Have An Extra ____ Minutes



Sometimes I over-extend myself by assigning too many tasks and to-do’s on a given day.   What happens when I do that is wind up migrating them forward until they are done.  Other times, they do have to get done that day.  When that happens, time management is crucial.

I try to split up my free time through out the day into several states – my morning, pre-work routine I do from my home office before leaving for work, a 15 minute break I assign to myself around 10 – 10:30am, my hour lunch then another break between 2:30 and 3pm.  As much as I want to dedicate this scheduled down time to a quick stretch or a walk around the complex, I also use it to tackle my list to utilize my time wisely and productively.  I made a list of tasks that can be completed in different time increments whether at home or the office.  NOTE: This list is tentative and times may differ based upon the individual task.

If you have an extra 10 minutes:

  • Make a phone call
  • Reply to an email
  • Do some neck rolls to relieve tension
  • Do 25 squats
  • Do 25 wall pushups (if you don’t have much privacy at the office, you can sneak to the bathroom!)
  • Read and reflect on a scripture (I have the Bible Gateway app on my phone that has their ‘verse of the day’ on it’s home page
  • Make a quick grocery list
  • Put a load of wash on
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Take change out of your wallet to save and roll later
  • Do 10-15 burpees (these are tough, but a great, quick move that works various parts of the body)
  • Check online movie schedule for a Saturday afternoon matinee (cheaper than going at night!
  • Read an article


If you have an extra 15 minutes:

  • Make a coffee run
  • Put together an energizing snack (see my post here on what to keep stocked in your office (or home) pantry)
  • Take a short walk
  • Check your feeds
  • Look up a new recipe to try
  • Clip coupons from inserts
  • Fold laundry
  • Figure out what occasions are coming up and make a list of any cards/gifts to purchase
  • Sort out a drawer or cabinet
  • Open mail
  • Clean out your handbag
  • Sort emails to sub-folders
  • Post content to one of your social media sites
  • Pay a couple of bills.  Affix postage and return address label so they’re ready to mail.
  • Synch your phone and back it up to the cloud
  • Write a journal entry
  • Brew some green tea then cool and store in pitcher with ice and some agave sweetener
  • Vacuum a room

If you have an extra 30 minutes:

  • Deep condition your hair
  • Grab a pair of 8-10 lb. dumbbells and do an upper and lower body work that combines cardio and muscle sculpting –  3 sets of 15 reps of bicep curls, delt flies, overhead presses and tricep presses.  Then 25 squats, 25 side lunges before getting on the floor for 25 crunches, 25 rear kicks, 25 pushups and holding a plank for 30 seconds.
  • Run an errand or two, depending upon driving time
  • Make s supper plan for the upcoming week
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Peruse a catalog
  • Water plants (I have a lot, plus herbs, so it’ll take me this much time)
  • Review your calendar and make any adjustments or additions
  • Watch an instructional/how to/or just for enjoyment video on Youtube
  • Go through photos on your phone.  Save them to your desktop or online storage then delete
  • Go through cupboards, fridge and freezer and make a more comprehensive grocery list
  • Check grocery store flyers for sales and match against any coupons

Till next time!



One thought on “What To Do When You Have An Extra ____ Minutes

  1. […] Utilizing Stagnant Time:    We’re talking about things you can do while commuting back and forth to work, waiting for a prescription to be filled or (dread of all dreads!) sitting at the DMV for what seems like an eternity waiting for your number to be called.  Listen to podcasts, catch up on blog posts, sort/delete/save any photos on your phone to an online storage app like Dropbox or map out next week’s supper schedule while waiting for your doctor’s appointment.  If at home, I’ll put in a load of wash, empty the dishwasher or begin a grocery list while on hold. Keep a list of non-time sensitive activities you can do during stagnant times.  Or perhaps, you can find something from this list […]

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