Do something useful within 30 seconds
WHAT do you do when you have 30 seconds to spare? It may not sound like a lot of time, but there are productive things which you can try when the clock's ticking away.
Here's a list of 15 productive things for you to do within 30 seconds or less. No more complaints about "I don't have time", okay?
1. DO SQUATS
Any other heartbeat-inducing exercises will do, too. The aim is to get your heart rate up. Not only does exercising burn calories and make you fitter, it allows your body to release chemicals called endorphins to reduce stress levels and trigger a positive feeling in the body.
Who doesn't want a perky butt and increased levels of happiness? Plus, you can even do it during your favourite TV programme when the commercials start playing.
2. SET A GOAL
Regardless whether it's a goal for the day or week or year, a goal is still a goal. Make sure you follow through to see it materialise. The feeling of accomplishing one's goal(s) is simply incredible.
3. TEXT YOUR PARENTS
If you're blessed to have your parents with you, send them a text. They'll be more than happy to hear from you. The text doesn't have to be complicated or long - they'll be thrilled to know you're thinking about them.
4. SKIM THROUGH NEWS WEBSITES
It doesn't have to be just news, it could be anything really. All you have to do is open them in new tabs and read them later while you're commuting home. Easy peasy.
Don't dismiss this with a sarcastic roll of the eyes. By breathing, we mean breathing deeply; do it properly to feel the difference. Breathing actually helps to detoxify and release toxins.
This is a no-brainer. Smiling is contagious for the most part. It also relaxes loads of muscles and releases pockets of tension held in your face.
7. DRINK A GLASS OF WATER
Plain water may not be your choice of beverage but it is essential in maintaining the balance of your bodily fluids. You do not want to be dehydrated as that can hamper your body from performing at its best.
Our body is made up of about 60 per cent water and some of the functions of our bodily fluids include basic things that we take for granted: digestion, absorption and maintenance of body temperature.
Send a short message to those whom you haven't been in contact with lately. An initiative like that works wonders and is telling of the effort you're putting into (saving) the friendship.
9. CLEAR YOUR WORK AREA
You probably have enough on your mind already and don't need those bits of trash and three-day-old chocolate wrappers to distract you from doing your thing. They don't do you any good and you might even find yourself rearing a creepy trail of black ants.
10. UPDATE YOUR MEMO
Memos exist for a reason - they remind you of the things that you need to do or follow up on. An adequately organised person would ideally keep an updated memo(s) to stay up to date.
11. USE LIP BALM, MOISTURISER
This applies for the lucky folks who work in air-conditioned places. Even though it can be comfortable to throw on a fluffy sweater and not perspire, you do not want the air-conditioning to bestow upon you scaly, dry hands or chapped lips.
12. DELETE APPS YOU RARELY USE
Hands up if you're guilty of stashing apps that you don't even know existed in your smartphone. They ought to be deleted if you don't need them because they take up precious memory space.
This is especially important if you have a 16GB phone that does not even allow you to take new photos sometimes.
13. CLEAR OUT OLD RECEIPTS
Receipts clutter up your swanky wallet. What good is a receipt when you can't even make out what's printed on it because the ink has faded into nothing.
14. PLAN FOR DINNER
Sneak 30 seconds to think about what you feel like getting for dinner. Restrict yourself to just 30 seconds and be disciplined. Don't go snooping on food blogs for 30 minutes, okay?
Once you've decided on what you'd like to eat, you're ready to order a take-out after work. It'll save you so much time from wandering aimlessly around the mall. If you have the energy to whip up a meal, head straight to the supermarket to grab the ingredients you need.
15. LEARN A NEW WORD
Yes, try to use the new word you have learnt in a sentence. One's never too old to learn and every day is a learning day.
This article first appeared on Get.com, a comparison website for financial products.
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