Make better use of your time by accomplishing one of the tasks mentioned by Wise Bread below. You'll feel productive in just 15 minutes!
Do you have 15 minutes to spare?
You can't tackle a long-term project or a complicated problem that requires deep concentration and uninterrupted thinking in the busyness of a typical day. But there are many things you can accomplish in 15 minutes or less. These can help boost your career, manage your finances, strengthen relationships, reduce clutter, save money, improve your health, and lots, lots more.
So the next time you have 15 minutes to fill, fill it with something productive.
- Document recent career-related accomplishments for use in your LinkedIn profile, private resume, upcoming interview, or performance review.
- Ask your boss if the company will pay fees for your professional development, such as the cost to attend an industry conference or a certification exam that will allow you to earn a professional designation.
- Practice a speech or short presentation.
- Get ready for a meeting instead of showing up unprepared. Define what you want to get accomplished, such as approval for a decision.
- Offer yourself as a resource to a valued colleague or customer via a short email, LinkedIn message, or handwritten note, particularly if you are looking to expand your professional presence and build your portfolio.
- Follow up with a colleague, vendor, employee, whoever to make sure a task has been completed. If yes, express gratitude; if no, make a note to troubleshoot obstacles soon.
- Reserve a book from the library that will help you in your career. Ask your boss, mentor, coworkers, customers, and friends for recommendations if you don't have a list of must-read titles.
- Design an online survey to assess satisfaction among customers, employees, or groups your team serves. Use free versions of Survey Monkey or a similar tool.
- Ask a trusted and discriminating friend for input on ways that you can improve communications.
- Sign up for and/or try a new automated tool to see if you can recruit and organize people more efficiently.
- Join your college or university alumni network via LinkedIn or consider another one of these 25 career changes you can make today.
- For job hunters, start or revitalize your search by naming 10 companies you admire.
- Conduct research on a desirable employer by reading about their products, getting familiar with its history, identifying those in your network with ties to the company, or reading latest news so that you will be prepared when you conduct an informational interview or participate in a phone interview.
- Visit the careers section of targeted employers, locate opportunities that match your qualifications, and apply for a position or identify new skills you can acquire to increase your market value.
- Send a congratulatory note or acknowledge someone else's accomplishment as a kind gesture and way to show respect for a colleague.