Productive Things to Do When You Have 15 Minutes

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You know when you find yourself with a jam-packed weekend or post-work schedule but still want to feel productive? As satisfying as it can be to take a day to just get your life together (think: clean, do laundry, have a long catch up date with a friend on FaceTime, grab a meal with family), it just can’t happen every single week. Even in busy times, though, it’s still more than possible to cross pesky tasks off your to do list. Here are a few simple but productive things you can do in 15 minutes or less:

-Write a letter to a friend. Have a close friend who just moved, started a new job, or had another exciting (or possibly difficult) life change? A handwritten note is always a nice touch, and it shouldn’t take you too long to write something and pop it in the mail. Whether she’s settling in to her first home or going through a tough breakup, your friend will most certainly appreciate a good old fashioned note more than a regular text or email.

-Read a chapter (or even a few pages) of your latest book, or go online to your public library’s website and reserve a few new things. Or jot down an idea for a book/article/blog post that YOU want to write.

-Read a blog or two. It can be hard to keep up with fellow bloggers and stay on top of all of the new content out there, but leaving a nice comment every now and then is always a great way to let someone know how much you appreciate their content. Plus, you may find yourself inspired by things other bloggers are posting about, like a new workout class or an awesome place to buy apartment decor.

-Mail in insurance claims/pay bills. I always dread doing these types of tasks but feel so much better when I just bite the bullet and get ’em done. Honestly, filling out boring forms can feel SO satisfying when you know it’s one less thing you’ll have to do later.

-Pack your lunch for work tomorrow or write down your meal plan for the week.

-Reach out to a potential business contact or acquaintance. If you’ve been itching to email that blogger or are curious about whether your college classmate has an opening within her company, don’t hesitate to shoot off a quick message! Whether you’re looking to schedule a coffee date or an informational interview, it’s never too early to get the ball rolling. I’ve already met some great people through blogging and it only takes five minutes to type out an Instagram message and begin making plans!

-Organize a junk drawer.

-Do a speed clean. Vacuum your floors, put away the dishes sitting in your drying rack, clean up your bathroom area, organize your coat closet…all of these are super simple tasks that will make a serious impact on your day-to-day life!

-Call a friend or loved one or schedule a quick FaceTime date.

-Organize your iPhone apps. I’m actually so bad about this and rely upon my younger sister to do this for me, haha. But honestly having all of my apps sorted by category feels weirdly refreshing (you can tell how type A I am by this one!).

-Go through your makeup collection and TOSS old products. That Chapstick you bought two years ago definitely has to be expired by now, and those weird eye shadow colors that you never use can certainly be trashed. Doing an overhaul here and there is not only helpful, it gives you a great excuse to go pick out some new products. 😉

-List clothing on Poshmark or make a pile to donate. If you need some extra cash, Poshmark is a great way to earn money relatively quickly. If you’re more concerned about clearing out your space, go through your closet and then drop off a donation bag at Goodwill. Or drop off a cute but not-for-you item at a friend’s house. One of my friends and I traded clothing all the time in New York and I left her apartment with a week’s worth of outfits and some new jewelry!

-Do a quick toning workout with weights, or grab a foam roller and give your muscles some relief!

-Get that piece of clothing you’ve been meaning to return out of your closet, and head down to the store/post office to return it!

-Clean out your fridge.

-Make a new playlist for your workout or commute.

-Coordinate a girls night out with your friends (note: a few of my high school friends and I are trying to plan a night where all four of us will be free, and we ended up picking a date in JULY. Start planning soon, cause people are busy!).

-Make yourself drink a cup of water (I’m terrible at this).

-If you have a sibling or friend in college or grad school, send them a quick gift via Amazon Prime (I’ve sent my sister Amazon’s college snack boxes before, but I’ve also ordered her books and posters).

-Paint your nails. Do a face mask. Pamper yourself. 🙂

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