You only get 24 hours every day, and while there are plenty of ways to wring more out of the time you have, there isn’t a way to get more of the stuff. But no need to worry—there are plenty of ways to use the time to have better. Here are Productive Ways to Use the Time among them!
Productive Ways to Use the Time
1. Make Money
This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick. If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.
2. Learn something new
Whether if it’s taking a class, learning a new skill on your own, or exploring your neck of the woods, there are plenty of excellent reasons why you should learn something new every day, such as: Enhancing your quality of life, reducing stress and improving your mental health, Socializing with others, Gaining confidence, Discovering, or rediscovering, something that we’re passionate about it, Having fun or unwinding, Gaining new perspectives and knowledge that you can apply at home or work.
3. Journal: viết nhật ký
According to the University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker, regular journaling has been found to strengthen immune cells. Other research shows that it can also be used as an effective stress management tool and decrease the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Moreover, journaling also allows you to clarify your thoughts and feelings. It also helps you get to know yourself better, solve problems more effectively, and help you resolve conflicts. And, through journaling, you’re able to track patterns, trends and improvement, and growth.
4. Chill Out
This one is often used too much, or not at all. Sometimes it’s fine to kick back, open up YouTube and watch something nice for 5 minutes. Or chill out in any way that relaxes you. If funny cat videos are your thing, go for it. If you love to search for new music on Spotify, do that.
It’s better to do your ‘chilling’ when you’re waiting for something. Otherwise, you might click from one video to the next and waste hours of your time. That’s the last thing you want if you want to be productive.
5. Learn A Foreign Language
I’m currently using Duolingo to learn Spanish. I often open up the app right before dinner and do one or two lessons. You can learn a lot of different languages with that app.
Duolingo forces my brain to work, and I’m learning something useful at the same time. I’m sure that social media apps can’t beat that. In case you believe that learning a language with an app doesn’t work, research proves it does. What do you prefer? Learn a language in those wasteful minutes, or consume rubbish?
6. Group similar tasks together
When we switch between tasks, we naturally create friction. Starting and stopping. Opening and closing. Beginning and ending. All of those small moments add up and break our concentration. Then we get distracted and forget why we even were reviewing something in the first place. But the way to cut down on switching between tasks is to group similar ones together. Don’t respond to just one email and then move on. Respond to all of them and then don’t come back until several hours later. Or batch all of your emails together.
7. Reading Book
You should carry a book with you. In this way — when you have some free time, like waiting for an appointment, you can read. In case you weren’t aware, reading is perhaps one of the most productive ways to spend your time. That’s because reading can:
- Boost your brainpower.
- Increase your vocabulary.
- Improve your memory, concentration, and imagination.
- Reduces stress.
- It helps you become a better writer.
- Makes you more empathetic.
8. Focus on high-leverage activities
You may have heard of the 80/20 rule, which says that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. I like looking at the 80/20 rule a different way: every action you take is either high or low leverage. The higher leverage activity is, the more you’ll get out of a small amount of effort.
Some people invest their time into low-leverage activities, which they get almost nothing out of. Take watching TV, for example. If you watch 3 hours of TV a day (the average is more than 4) and you live until you’re 80, you’ll spend 10 years of your life watching TV! That’s time you’ll never get back, and time you could have invested into a much higher leverage activity, like reading a book, having a coffee with someone you want to learn from, exercising, writing, or meditating.