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5 Productive Tasks You Can Accomplish in the Time it Takes to Make Maggi

Do you know how many minutes you waste every day just waiting for things? From 2 minutes waiting for the microwave, 5 minutes for the elevator, 10 minutes for the Uber to arrive, 15 minutes to get your daily cup of coffee, to 30 minutes at the doctor's office waiting for your appointment. Add up all these minutes and you will end up a with a staggering amount of hours wasted every week without accomplishing anything. Of course, some may say they check their Facebook, post tweets and update their Instagram stories. However, they are not activities that will bring benefit to your long term future. So, here are 5 simple tasks you can accomplish while waiting for something.

Answering emails

Answering emails
Answering emails

Emails can get overwhelming if they aren't managed effectively. We have written before on how to effectively manage your emails, and one way to do that is to use these 'waiting times'. Modern email apps are very powerful and pack advanced features that will even put desktop applications like the good old Outlook to shame. Whether you are waiting for your Uber, elevator, or waiting for your morning cup of java, you can manage most of the emails for the day from your phone.

Meditate

Meditate
Meditate

You don't need a yoga mat, scented candles, and Enya's music in the background to meditate. All you need is a place to sit comfortably and a willingness to direct your full attention towards your breathing. Meditation brings so many physical and mental benefits and making it a habit will contribute towards your long term positive physical and mental well-being. So next time when you are waiting for the microwave, just grab a chair and meditate for a minute or two till you hear the alert tone.

Call someone special

Call someone special
Call someone special

When was the last time you phoned your grandmother? If your answer is ' a long time ago' and your excuse for that is 'lack of time', then speak no more. Make a list of people you want to keep in touch on a weekly basis and use these extra minutes for calling them. They will appreciate it very much and you will no longer have to complain there is no time.

Plan your day

Plan your day
Plan your day

The biggest productivity mistake most of you make is the failure to plan your day in the morning. Planning the day in advance gives you clarity over the task you have to prioritize and focus that day, as well as help you get things done with ease. To plan your day, all you need is a piece of paper and pen or a smartphone app such as Google Keep or Wunderlist. Just pick the three important tasks for the day, write it down or mark them in the app, as you wait for your daily cup of coffee at your favourite Starbucks or CCD.

Learn something

Learn something
Learn something

You can actually learn something new when you are waiting for 30 minutes for your doctor's appointment. You can check out the list of apps that will help you learn any new skill just with a smartphone here. If you are not tech person in general, then you should always carry a book with you which you can read in this kind of circumstances.

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