• 5 ways to use 5 extra minutes

 

No matter how thorough the planning and organisation, our daily life involves wait time. The inevitable late train, heavy traffic or delayed meetings could leave you twiddling your thumbs for 5 minutes here and there, but, it need not be time wasted. We share 5 ways to make the most of your wait time and improve your day to day.

 

stretch // 

This is something you can do anywhere, anytime you arrive early or your appointment arrives late. Stretching is a simple exercise that will give you a rush of endorphins, a boost of energy and, over time, improved flexibility. 

Take five minutes to begin at the bottom circling your ankles, pointing and flexing your toes, and working up through your legs, mid-section arms, shoulders and neck. Finish off with a deep breath and release your tension. Not only have you filled your wait time, you've de-stressed before the next commitment.

 

 

look //

The word 'flâneur' is a french term for someone who absorbs their surroundings. Too many of us are constantly on autopilot throughout our day and throughout our incredible towns and cities. This is understandable considering we are so busy and the need for efficiency grows every day. All the more reason to take your wait time and use it to observe and marvel at the architecture, the humanity or the beauty around you. 

 

5 ways to use 5 extra minutes

 

integrate //

This especially applies to those who experience the daily anonymity of living in a big city. London is guilty of alienating its residents, rarely do people talk to strangers on the tube. There could be an alternative ending to that scenario though; you could hear an interesting story or meet a new friend. For the introverts amongst us, this can be a little daunting but stepping outside of your comfort zone has its own benefits.  

 

communicate //

Have you ever felt an unadulterated smile creep across your face upon receiving a text from an old friend? Our busy lives often result in neglecting the people who matter most, as much as we may aim to avoid it. Familiarity provides comfort, and feeling loved is something to cherish. Taking your extra five minutes to respond to a good friend or call your parents will enrich that time and the future of your relationships. 

 

5 ways to use 5 extra minutes

enjoy //

We all punish ourselves for some kind of guilty pleasure. Whether it's obsessively checking your phone, extra sugar in your tea or online shopping on your lunch break, instead of punishing yourself for it - revel in it! Allow yourself the me-time. Enjoy your guilty pleasure and you won't feel like it's five minutes wasted again.

 

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5 ways to use 5 extra minutes

 

No matter how thorough the planning and organisation, our daily life involves wait time. The inevitable late train, heavy traffic or delayed meetings could leave you twiddling your thumbs for 5 minutes here and there, but, it need not be time wasted. We share 5 ways to make the most of your wait time and improve your day to day.

 

stretch // 

This is something you can do anywhere, anytime you arrive early or your appointment arrives late. Stretching is a simple exercise that will give you a rush of endorphins, a boost of energy and, over time, improved flexibility. 

Take five minutes to begin at the bottom circling your ankles, pointing and flexing your toes, and working up through your legs, mid-section arms, shoulders and neck. Finish off with a deep breath and release your tension. Not only have you filled your wait time, you've de-stressed before the next commitment.

 

 

look //

The word 'flâneur' is a french term for someone who absorbs their surroundings. Too many of us are constantly on autopilot throughout our day and throughout our incredible towns and cities. This is understandable considering we are so busy and the need for efficiency grows every day. All the more reason to take your wait time and use it to observe and marvel at the architecture, the humanity or the beauty around you. 

 

5 ways to use 5 extra minutes

 

integrate //

This especially applies to those who experience the daily anonymity of living in a big city. London is guilty of alienating its residents, rarely do people talk to strangers on the tube. There could be an alternative ending to that scenario though; you could hear an interesting story or meet a new friend. For the introverts amongst us, this can be a little daunting but stepping outside of your comfort zone has its own benefits.  

 

communicate //

Have you ever felt an unadulterated smile creep across your face upon receiving a text from an old friend? Our busy lives often result in neglecting the people who matter most, as much as we may aim to avoid it. Familiarity provides comfort, and feeling loved is something to cherish. Taking your extra five minutes to respond to a good friend or call your parents will enrich that time and the future of your relationships. 

 

5 ways to use 5 extra minutes

enjoy //

We all punish ourselves for some kind of guilty pleasure. Whether it's obsessively checking your phone, extra sugar in your tea or online shopping on your lunch break, instead of punishing yourself for it - revel in it! Allow yourself the me-time. Enjoy your guilty pleasure and you won't feel like it's five minutes wasted again.

 

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to share via our ready-to-go tweet link. 

photos via unsplash
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    Sarah Lopeman
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