We all crave for free time, where we can slow down, pause and take a break from being busy and constantly doing things.
Our busy and hectic lifestyle has made it difficult for us to be at our best consistently because we’re always “on the go.”
Not being able to relax and recharge ourselves can lead to:
- Overwhelm and burnout.
- Serious health problems later in life.
- Mental fatigue.
- Low performance and productivity.
- Conflict in relationships.
If we want to be more productive and effective, we must be able to quickly recharge ourselves whenever we get some downtime.
There are many instances daily where we may have a few minutes to spare such as:
- Standing in a queue while waiting to be served.
- Being in between meetings or appointments.
- Waiting for transportation.
- Waking up earlier.
- Waiting for someone.
5 Things You Can Do if You Are Free for Five Minutes
We can better use our free time by doing specific things to get ourselves recharged and refocused. Here are five things we can do next time we have free time so we can consistently be more productive.
- Practice deep breathing. When we’re busy or stressed, our breath tends to be shallow, which can affect our ability to stay focused and get things done. By doing a series of faster and deep breathing, without hyperventilating, we’ll experience a shift in how we feel and also be more alert because we have more air flowing through our bodies.
- Review your goals. Knowing what we want to accomplish and having that with us at all times is a powerful way to remind us what’s important. If we have images of our goals on our phones, as an example, we can quickly go through them and evaluate whether we’re on track or not to achieving them.
- Contemplate what you want to do next. We can close our eyes and visualise either how we want the rest of our day to unfold or we can just visualise the very next thing we want to do. Having short breaks in between tasks is a good way to refocus on what needs to be done next.
- Experience nature. There is something powerful about being outside in nature. Getting some fresh air or just taking a short walk often will clear up any mental confusion or tiredness we have and help recharge our energy levels.
- Reflect on your life. Reflection is a powerful skill to develop. Taking a few minutes to reflect on our day, week, month or year often will help us determine whether we’re headed in the right direction in life or not. This time can also be used to get clear on our priorities and recommit to our goals.
Sometimes we wish we had more time to do the things we really want to. The truth we will always have opportunities daily to take a few minutes to recharge and refocus on the things we want to. If we develop the habit of doing this consistently, we’ll see an improvement in our performance, productivity and our results.
Action Step: Practice deep breathing more often over the next week and notice the difference it makes to how you feel and also to your energy levels. Practice doing this two to three times daily.
Question: What is something else we can do next time we are free for five minutes to become more productive?