Top 5: Productive Ways to Use Every Minute of Spare Time

As a busy college student, I find that using even the few minutes I spend waiting for a bus to come or for my leftovers to heat up to accomplish something productive is extremely valuable. Instead of waiting idly or scrolling through social media, I try to find constructive ways to use those few minutes of spare time. Keep reading to find out my top 5 ways to use every minute of spare time!

5. Double check your to-do list, calendar, planner, or planner app.

You can use your free time making sure you are on track for the day, week, or month, and reschedule and prioritize your goals.

4. Listen to podcasts or NPR.

For longer periods of free time, car rides, bus trips, or waiting for an appointment to start, you can plug in and listen to a podcast. You can listen to fictional podcasts, or you can listen to historical or news podcasts, or something like NPR, which will have you starting the next portion of your day feeling more informed about the world.

3. Drink water!

Really, do it! If you have a spare minute, dedicate it to making sure you’re hydrated. When you’re constantly on the go, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water, which could hinder your productivity.

2. Download and play an educational game on your smartphone or tablet.

If you’re like me, you have so much to study that you feel guilty when you’re studying one subject because you aren’t studying another subject. A good way to squeeze in a little bit of studying is to download a study app or game to help you pass the spare minutes while you practice for your GRE, LSAT, or MCAT!

  1. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to bridge the gap between events in your day, leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed before you head into your afternoon meeting or into the library to study.


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