7 Tips to Make the Most of your Down Time

Good time management can help you discover extra time in your day

Do you feel like you’re always in a rush? Do you have too much to do every day? One way to find some extra time in your day is to use your “down” time more wisely. You may not feel that you have a lot of spare time, but you just might be surprised at the extra time that is hidden in your day. Try these fun tips for maximizing your “down” time.

1. While getting ready for school or work…
Instead of reading the back of the cereal box, listen to an educational podcast.

2. While waiting for class to begin…
Instead of watching your classmates come in, review yesterday’s class notes.

3. While standing at the bus stop…
Instead of checking your friend’s Instagram posts, study flashcards to prepare for your next exam.

4. While waiting in line at the store…
Instead of browsing the candy bars, look at your calendar to see what’s coming up next week.

5. While waiting in traffic…
Instead of getting impatient, listen to an audiobook.

6. While waiting for the microwave…
Instead of snacking on junk food, do pushups or jumping jacks.

7. While waiting for a doctor’s appointment…
Instead of reading the celebrity magazines, make your to-do list for the next day.

These are just a few examples of how to maximize your down time. Here are some other suggestions to use your time wisely. If you follow this advice and manage your time efficiently, you may find that you have extra time on your hands that you never knew you had.

  • Create to-do lists and maintain a calendar. When you get busy, it’s very important to keep track of your tasks. You don’t want to get so busy studying for your science test that you completely forget about your writing homework. You should update your to-do list every day. Keep your long-term assignments on a calendar so you don’t forget about them.
  • Focus on the most important tasks first. When you have a busy schedule, it helps to use good time management techniques. Try to focus on the most important tasks first, and stay focused while you are working. Another tip is to do the quick tasks first to get them out of the way, leaving you time to focus on the harder, longer tasks.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no. If you are someone who has too many commitments already, remember that it’s okay to say no. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to reevaluate your commitments. Are you spending your time on activities that are important to you? If not, you may want to make some changes.
  • Avoid distractions. It is very easy to become distracted in today’s always-connected world. Do you check your phone every time it gives you a notification? Do you spend too much time looking at social media or exploring random websites? Avoid this temptation by turning off your device off during study time. Try to set certain times of day where you can respond to texts and posts, and for the rest of the day, put the phone away!

With these and other time management tips, we hope you find that your days are not as rushed and stressed. With a little practice, you may even find a few extra minutes of the day for yourself!


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