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Make a "What To Do" List for Idle Moments

Have you ever wondered how some people get more done than others? I have always believed that wasting time is as bad as wasting resources or money. I started taking stock of how much time I spend waiting for something, and the numbers will astound you!


EXAMPLE: I spend 30 hours a year waiting for my coffee to brew! If you spend 5 minutes a day, that comes out to be just about 30 hours per year!

I spend about twice that waiting for a bus! And don't even get my started on the 20 minutes per hour that is nothing but commercials on each and every show I watch!

So, I compiled a list of what I do while I...

I hope this will help you not only in your time management, but perhaps even help you eliminate some things you may be doing that you don't even like!

While I Brew My Coffee I:

  • load or unload the dishwasher
  • water the plants
  • see to the cat bowls
  • thaw something for dinner
  • plan next weeks meals

While I Wait For The Bus I:

  • delete my cell memories and menus
  • read
  • crochet a small project
  • make lists of thing I need to do

While I Wait For The Laundry I:

  • set up the VCR to tape a show
  • roll yarn
  • cut up veggies for a salad and zip lock them
  • put a casserole together
  • clean out the fridge

While I Watch Endless Commercials I:

  • mute!
  • mend clothes or work on a crochet project
  • cut coupons or recipes
  • catch up on articles I have saved
  • submit cool things and read cool things on Thrifyfun!

While I Sleep I:

  • put a stew in the crock pot overnight
  • let some spray cleaner sit in the tub
  • run the dishwasher
  • soak out some stains in the sink
  • defrag the computer
  • charge the phones

If you really think about what you can be doing while you think you have time to do only one thing, you will compile your own list.

It sure helped me and I am sure it will help you all too.


Source: I thought of this myself. I have been a multitasker from before it had a name, so this is old stuff to me. This is a way to get it out to all "like minded" people. Enjoy all your newly saved time!

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

A big mahalo nui loa for sharing. Just the right kick in the okole to get going and stop dawdling. I'm printing this out in BIG PRINT.

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Great ideas. Thanks for getting me thinkin.

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

It's nice you posted to share with everyone!!! Thanks ! :-)

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Fantastic idea. no more excuse for saying "I just don't have time"
I have a small note book which I keep with me at all times. Divided into sections, - to do list, things to achieve, and things to remember. its a godsend. I just add to it as soon as I need to and then cross each item off as it gets done. Its a good feeling when you see pages crossed off.

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August 31, 20080 found this helpful

During commercials, get off the couch or sofa and do some push ups or sit ups, or jump rope.

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September 1, 20080 found this helpful

I always find things to do, while I am waiting for the coffee to warm in the microwave. Amazing what you can do in 60 seconds. I also dust, do dishes, (by hand) and pick things up while I am talking with my best buddy at 8:00 AM for an hour every morning. The house always looks presentable. Thanks for sharing.

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September 5, 20080 found this helpful

I have been doing this forever. I call it using "scraps of time."

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April 5, 20090 found this helpful

I love idle time, it makes me feel a little more productive and everyone asks how I get so much done.

Anyhow, I first thought of the coupons, as I am sending some to a military base. Then I realized when I sit and watch TV is when I notice all the cobwebs in the corners, so during commercials you can sweep out the corners or take the vacuum to the cus ions....another money making endeavor sometimes as well.

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April 5, 20090 found this helpful

Excellent ideas. One great idea for commercial time is to sort your sock basket.

Thanks for the idea about exercise during the commercials. Add a few jumping jacks, or use the stepper for the whole time frame. I love it. Thank you. Karyh

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April 5, 20090 found this helpful

WOW! If anyone deserves to win a contest, you do! These are some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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July 7, 20130 found this helpful

Sandi, I don't know if we are "soul mates," but we are certainly "time mates"! I, too, have been similarly multi-tasking for years. I might add one thing: During the seemingly endless waits in doctors' offices, I catch up on my Kindle reading. There are often too many other things that need my attention at home to be able to fit in a nice, long read. Most of the time, one gets to the middle of a magazine when called to come in, and has to put the magazine down. When I worked in an office, I took along my crocheting, cross-stitch, etc., and worked on them at break time. Surprising how much one could get done with a few minutes a day. Thanks for bringing this idea to others. Cay from FL

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July 7, 20130 found this helpful

One more for you Sandi....fold laundry. I hate doing it but folding while I watch tv and putting away during commercials helps.

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July 7, 20130 found this helpful

I am first nation a native of north America and you know we had the grandma show the young girls how to fill their time and keep in shape for hard work that came in spring and summer. so ya get the list put it in your head and hears to do it, it shows love and caring to do all the little things gives quality to life

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February 22, 20150 found this helpful

All good ideas, but what about when you are out of the house? I carry crossword puzzles and cryptograms in my purse and use them when I'm waiting on a line, at the doctor's office, etc. So much better than just sitting there getting frustrated.

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