Smart Things to Do When You
Only Have 30 Minutes to Spare
When you leave your job at the end of the day, do you stop working? A study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that even full-time workers spent 24% of their time doing work for their job at home. This means that many people are still working their job even though they are at home. Also, many people are doing housework at the end of their workday.
On an average day, 84 percent of women and 68 percent of men spent some time doing household activities such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management. Balancing work and home life is an art form that many people strive for but aren’t able to maintain.
One way to work toward a balance is to use your time wisely and in a way that supports your mental health. When you realize that you have 30 minutes to spare then begin to think about how you can use it to your advantage. If you want to feel more productive and stop beating yourself up for not accomplishing enough, then take advantage of 30 minute time frames.
If you are ready to feel productive and more at peace, try these things to do when you only have 30 minutes to spare.
Reach out to loved ones
Do you have a friend or family member you haven’t talked with in the past two weeks? Pick two of them and spend 15 minutes with each on the phone. Share with them how you are doing and ask them about themselves. Connecting with people you care about can lift your spirits.
Read a few pages
Do you love to read but never have time? When you have a few minutes to spare, grab a book, and read a few pages. You will realize that you can escape if only for a few minutes and you will feel good that you are doing something you enjoy.
Reflect on your gratitude
Set your timer for 30 minutes and make a list of everything you are grateful for. Aim for at least 40 things to include on your list. After you have made a list take time to review it. Remind yourself that even on a busy day you can stop and be grateful for what you have. Place the list in a place where you can see it daily.
Stop using the excuse that you don’t have time to be active or exercise. You don’t have to commit to an hour a day. It’s amazing how much better you can feel if you take 20-30 minutes to go for a walk, stretch, do a few sit-ups or push-ups. While you are preparing meals, you can do a few lunges or squats. If you are on a phone call, go for a walk while you chat.
Tidy your room
If your room or bedside is messy, take a few minutes to tidy the area. Since your space is a direct reflection of you, what does it say about your well-being? If it is messy, then you probably feel unorganized. If your area is clean, then you may feel more balanced. Pick up items, dust, vacuum, and freshen your space. Investing 30 minutes will make a big difference in how you feel.
Stop thinking that 30 minutes isn’t enough time to be useful and productive. Investing this time into one of these activities will help you feel more balanced. Everyone can find 30 minutes in their day. Look for these opportunities to take action toward your best life.
About the author:
Known as the real-world relationship expert, Kristie Overstreet Ph.D., LPCC, LMHC, LPC, CST teaches people to improve their connection with themselves and others. She is a clinical sexologist, psychotherapist, and author. She is the author of Fix Yourself First: 25 tips to stop ruining your relationships and 4 Weeks to Improve Your Relationship as a Couple. She knows when people have a foundation and build off the positive aspects of themselves it leads to improvements in their personal and professional relationships. She motivates, inspires, and helps people to create self-change for personal growth. With 12 years of clinical experience, she has developed best practices in relationship dynamics within families. Her mission is to empower all individuals to shift their focus so they can achieve and maintain the life they deserve. She has given a TEDx talk on healthcare and is a sought-after expert in relationships. She also serves as a national contributor to CNN, Psychology Today, Readers Digest, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and various other media.