10 Pockets of Time You Can Reclaim

Several people have asked me how I manage to read one book every week. I’m sure some of them think I don’t work! What I do is use pockets of time throughout the day. These pockets of time can be used to make small but steady steps towards anything you want to do but can’t seem to make time for.

Here are the 10 pockets of time that you can reclaim

1. Waiting time

The moment you have to wait for anything, whip that book out and start reading. You may manage only three sentences, but the sentences add up. Usually you’ll manage quite a few pages while waiting.

2. The work commute

I’m sure you’ve seen people reading on a bus or train. Even if you commute by car, audio books are easily available today. If your commute is only 5 minutes each way, that’s 50 minutes a week. You’ll find 2,600 minutes a year, enough time for a few books.

3. TV commercials

In the same way, if you use just one minute a day of commercial time, you would have added 365 minutes to your day. That’s more than 6 hours a year of ‘found’ time. You can certainly do something worthwhile in 6 hours.

4. Eating alone

You don’t have to be alone. Books are some of my best lunchtime companions. They’re informative, funny, and don’t argue. Even a short lunch will give you 15-30 minutes a day to pursue that goal.

5. Boiling water or cooking

I find it amusing to see people watching a kettle or pot. Use a timer instead, and free yourself to read or do something else for a few minutes. Personally I read next to the stove, and use the sound of sizzling as my alarm to pay attention to the food!

6. Downloading webpages

Staring at the computer screen isn’t going to make that page load any faster. Since there’s nothing to read on the screen for a few seconds, read a few sentences of your book instead.

7. In the toilet

Okay, use some discretion here. It may not always be appropriate but if it’s clean and you’re there for some time, go ahead. Imagine the reading you’ll get done over a lifetime!

8. Attending meetings

Get there slightly early and read a little while waiting for the rest. Also, scan a few sentences during lulls when people are getting organised and there’s no real discussion going on.

9. During exercise

Audio books are the way to go here. Download these into your phone or media player and you’ll be amazed how quickly the time flies. Exercising will be less tedious, and you’ll be brawnier and brainier.

10. Before sleeping

The few minutes you take to fall asleep can be used to read instead of staring at the ceiling. Also, your brain remembers best what you put into it during the 45 minutes before you sleep.

Can you find any of these pockets of time?

Use these pockets of time in your day, and you’ll be amazed at how much time you actually have. They say you can get a university education by reading one hour a day for five years. You can also write the book you’ve always wanted to. And you don’t even have to give up anything you’re doing now. You just have to reclaim those lost minutes.

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[…] Be productive while you wait. – “The moment you have to wait for anything, whip that book out and start reading.  Usually you’ll manage quite a few pages while waiting.  Use these pockets of time in your day, and you’ll be amazed at how much time you actually have.  It’s been said that you can get a whole university education just reading one hour a day for five years.  You just have to reclaim those lost minutes.” – via Joyful Days […]

Hi Daphne,

I personally use point number 1,2 and 10. I find that so many people just idle and waste their time away when they are commuting. Reading books during that particular time would definitely put the time into good use.

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Hey RetiredAt47,

Yes you don’t have to use the time to read, but can do practically anything you want to. And yes occasionally I only have time for a sentence or two and do have to read it again, but more often than not I get in more reading than I thought I would, and am glad that I grabbed those minutes. I’m glad to find someone who still knits – I used to do that and cross-stitching too, and gosh those require lots of time!

This is a great list of ways to use bits of extra time, for reading or otherwise. I would probably find it difficult to read a book in such small time increments, because my train of thought would be broken so often that I’d have to keep re-reading parts where I left off. But I hate sitting idle, and normally will read mail, write notes, or knit when I have a few spare minutes. What you are really doing is being efficient with your time.

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