What do you do with the scraps of your day?
As I write, I’m in that weird hour between when work “ends” and class begins. In reality, it’s about 45 minutes, by the time I factor in walking to class and getting settled before the Regression Analysis talking starts. (Shudder.)
Later this evening, I’ll have 40 minutes before my train departure. Again, it’s not really enough time to “do” anything of any consequence. And with no place to sit at Union Station, I can’t open up the laptop and write or work. It’s precarious in-between time. I usually end up chatting with a classmate, which is great, but I’d rather be home – and in bed – 40 minutes earlier.
At work, the worst days are those with several 30 minute gaps between five or six meetings. Those 30 minute blocks aren’t enough time to really accomplish any project or task that requires attention, especially after you spend a couple minutes reading the emails that came in during your meeting and prepping for the next meeting. What’s left? 20 minutes?
The other night, I was thinking that time isn’t like cookie dough. You can’t combine the scraps, roll them out and end up with tasty sugar cookies.
But maybe time is like chocolate chip cookie dough. The little scraps can be eaten raw, or blended into ice cream.
So I spend my scraps reading blogs or tweets, by reading the newspaper, or making lists, all the while feeling like I’m just killing time. And given how precious time is, that frustrates me.
Am I missing something? What strategies do you have for making the most of those scraps of time?
With two little kids, my entire life is little scraps of time, and it drives me crazy. It’s enough time to clean all the toys off the floor, but not enough time to then vacuum, which is what really needs to be done. It’s enough time to go get the mail, but not enough time to read through it all. I wish I could accumulate all the 5-10 minute splurges into something useful instead of having lots of unfinished tasks. That’s never going to happen, so in the meantime I do tiny bits of work all day long…or just check my email 🙂