3 Underutilized Pockets of Time to Improve Productivity


Rick Carabba
3 dormant pockets of time that are great for improving productivity.
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Oct 15, 2020
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There’s never enough time.

It’s the one asset that everyone is constantly losing and there’s no way to gain more of it.

How can we make the best use of our time?

It’s easy to get caught in the cycle of; wake up, go to work, sleep, repeat.

It feels like there’s never enough time to do the things you sought out to do.

Whether you want to read more, learn a language, or learn a new skill; these 3 dormant pockets of time are great for improving productivity.

1. The Bathroom

This is easily the least talked about and most underutilized. Which makes it the best. Let’s call it Toilet Time.

Everyone showers, hopefully everyday. Everyone sits on the toilet, hopefully everyday.

Regardless, everyone does it.

Instead of playing on your phone or scrolling social feeds, can you do a Duolingo language lesson? Read a book?

While scrub-a-dubbin in the shower, can you play a podcast/audiobook in the background?

This is at least 20 total minutes a day for me. Which equals 122 hours/ year, or 5 days.

What does 5 days of self improvement look like to you?

Define what it is and make it easy to access when you’re doing your business.

2. Commute

Common commutes involve driving, taking public transportation, or walking.

Try utilizing podcasts around subjects that you’re interested in. There’s a podcast for just about everything now. Maybe it’s a language learning podcast or maybe it’s an audiobook on self improvement.

If you spend a considerable amount of time on a bus or train, maybe it’s a book that you keep in your bag.

According to US Census data, The average commute time in the US is about 26 minutes each way. Thats an extra ~50 minutes/day to use.

Maybe you commute 200 days/year, thats 7 total days of unfound time/year.

3. Exercise

Exercise is crucial for productivity. It helps you sleep better and also improves your focus.

Whether it’s running or lifting weights, try listening to an audiobook or podcast next time.

Time spent exercising varies for each person, I usually spend 3-5 hours/week exercising.

That equals about 6 days/year. What could you learn with an extra 6 days/year?

The Extra 18

It can be overwhelming to find time for everything that you set out to do or learn.

Turning these 3 time-slots into productive uses can help overcome that struggle.

The total time equates to an extra 18 days/year in total. Fill the time with something you like or are genuinely interested in learning.

What new things can you learn this year?

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