The irony of the modern world is that we have more tools and information at our disposal than ever before, but we’re getting less and less done. Sure, there’s a lot more activity, but it’s productivity that matters – advancing the cause, moving the ball down the proverbial field.
There are many reasons for this and possibly as many suggestions for solving the problem. We’re going to focus on making one small slice of time – odd-lot time – more productive.
Making Odd-Lot Time Productive
Examples of odd-lot time include
- those minutes between when the meeting was scheduled to start and when it actually starts,
- the small (or large) slice of time commuting, and
- that brief period on the plane when everyone else is still finding their seats.
Leveraging Odd-Lot Time
There are a number of ways to make odd-lot time more productive. For example, you can
- Conduct a core dump – from head to list.
- Make a quick call.
- Do small personal or professional reading.
- Doodle, draw, outline.
Each of these activities get a little more done, and getting a little more done reduces stress.
Getting the Most from Odd-Lot Time
To make the most of odd-lot time have an easily accessible list of things to do when these slices arise. Capturing the things you can do with odd-lot time on a slip of paper, a sticky note or in any of the numerous list-making apps ensures you’ll make the most of the time you have.