Time Mastery Part 1: The Art of Using Mobile Devices for Downtimes

You sit there in the bank waiting for a long queue. Most of the time during that you’re looking at the ceiling or at the people around for 5–10 minutes at best, 30 minutes to 1 hour at worst.

You’re watching the NBA Season Finals and the half-time break comes in. That’s 30 minutes until the game resumes. Most of the time during that you mindlessly switch channels until half-time break is up.

You decide to dine (alone) in a fancy restaurant. You order a meal that takes about 30–45 minutes to cook. During that time you decide to, again, look at the ceiling or the people around you.

Lunch break is up and you have an hour of free time. You walk to the diner for the 5–10 minutes, eat for maybe 10–20 minutes. You may then spend the rest of your minutes chatting with coworkers or mindlessly surfing the internet.

If you are the kind of person who values time, what you do in 30–45 minutes is significant. What you do in 5–10 minutes is significant. What you do in any given amount of time is significant.

You can learn a mathematical concept in 5–10 minutes. Apply it in the next 35–40 minutes. Voila! In less than an hour you have a new mathematical tool under your arsenal.

You can read a book chapter in 5–10 minutes. That’s about 10–20 pages of progress in the current book you are reading.

You can finish a show’s episode in 20–25 minutes. That’s one episode worth of progress in a TV show you always said you have no time to watch.

What we do in our downtimes can significantly contribute to the small progress we make each day. Progress that can contribute to our whole being. Be it a new book, a new concept, a new video game, etc. It’s just a matter of being prepared to use our downtimes.

Luckily, the modern age has birthed mobile devices which can house TV shows, movies, books, etc. This in turn makes downtimes easier to manage. So put that mobile device to good use and accelerate your progress each day!

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