10 Productive Things to Do in 10 Minutes or Less

I’m not sure how or why the days, weeks, months, and years seem to be flying by faster and faster as time goes on, but they somehow do!  I know I’m not alone in wishing to have more time, pause, or just stop it for a while. But unfortunately, that invention hasn’t come to fruition just yet. So until then, we just have to make the most of our time!

Even if you only have a few minutes to spare here and there throughout the day, you can achieve a lot more than you think you can! Here are 10 productive things you can do in 10 minutes or less!

10 Productive Things to do in 10 Minutes or Less


Let’s start with the biggest one of the new year – decluttering! I’m not talking tackling an entire room in your home, but taking a few minutes to toss old mail sitting on the counter, fold laundry sitting in the basket/dryer, or to clean out your purse! And if you’re wanting to do a deeper dive into decluttering, check out this post to help you get started!

Write a To-Do List

When you’re always go-go-go it can be hard to keep track of all of the balls in the air. Writing a to-do list will help you keep everything straight, and plus, nothing beats that great feeling of checking something off the list once it’s complete!

Schedule Appointments

Have you scheduled your annual doctor appointment(s)? Been putting off an important networking catch-up or coffee date with a friend? Take a few minutes to get these things on the books!

Read the Latest News

Staying up on current events is something that can fall by the wayside when you’re to-do list is 1,000 miles long. But newsletters like theSkimm and Morning Brew give you all the top story highlights you need, and only take a few minutes of your day to read!

Take a Walk/Exercise

When you’re busy, getting a workout in isn’t the easiest. But if you have a few minutes to spare, take a quick walk around the block, do some stretching, or get a mini-workout in! I’ve been using the free version of the 8fit app to keep me on track and it’s been fantastic, even with my crazy schedule!

Update Your LinkedIn Profile

When’s the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Now’s the time! Not only can you keep your network in the loop about what you’re up to in the career world, but you can also make new connections and build your personal brand!

Plan Your Meals + Place an Order

Despite best intentions to save money, dining out always seems to be a downfall for most of us! But planning ahead will do wonders for your wallet AND likely help you eat something much healthier. To help you get even more time back, use a grocery delivery service. It’ll help you save SO much time and help you avoid the endcap splurges. I’ve been using Instacart and can’t recommend it enough!

Check in with Friends/Family

When was the last time you chatted with your long-distance bestie? Your grandma? Your parents? Pick up the phone for a quick chat! If you’re a big talker (like me) and know you’ll get caught up on the phone a little longer than that, send out a few text messages or emails to check in with your loved ones!

Respond to Emails/Blog Comments

One of the hardest things to keep up with sometimes is emails, and if you’re a blogger, responding to comments. Sitting down to focus for 10 minutes (or less), you can definitely get quite a bit accomplished in this category! Alternatively, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your inbox, clean it up! Unroll.me is SO helpful with keeping all of your sale/”spammy” emails separate from the emails you really need to pay attention to.

Learn a New Skill

Learning a new skill, whether for your career or as a hobby (or both!) is always a great way to spend a few extra minutes. Plus, there are SO many apps and websites out there to help you build your skills – and FOR FREE!


What are some productive things you do in 10 minutes or less?