If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality. -Benjamin Franklin
Have you noticed that people can’t wait around anymore? With the increase of available technology, it seems that we are no longer capable of just standing in line. We reach to our cell phones or eReaders the second we are forced to wait for anything.
Instead of spending 10 minutes checking Facebook, the next time you are stuck in line, try this: Use this wait time to make some notes or plan a project. Using a small notebook or a note-keeping app, jot down the things that are pressing on your mind. Usually, having to wait causes us anxiety because we have a million other things we could be doing instead. Free up your mind by making a list of those things, so you don’t forget to do them later.
If you carry a notebook, it should be small enough to fit in your pocket. Moleskine© makes a notebook as small as 2.5” x 4”. You can also find small top-bound spiral memo books at the dollar store.
If you have a smart phone, I suggest looking into an app that will store your lists digitally. Two of my favorites are available for both Android and iTunes marketplaces:
Evernote (free). With Evernote you can save notes, record voice memos, and save favorite websites. You can access your Evernote files from your smart phone’s app or from any computer connected to the internet.
Wunderlist (free). This app will share your lists with others, a useful feature if you and your spouse have to complete the same project. You can also set reminders with Wunderlist.
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How do you make the most of your time?