What Can You Do in 15 Minutes?

Short on time? No problem!

It’s rare to have a whole day to devote to your passion projects, so make the most of the time you do have. Last month, I explained how you can use short increments of time to make a difference in productivity. Now, we’ll figure out what to do with that time.

Here are a variety of things you can do in 15 minutes during your breaks at work, long lines at the DMV, and other downtime -like waiting to pick up your kids at school -to take your productivity and your business to the next level!


  • A book or magazine about your industry.
  • Research relevant websites.
  • Email blasts from competitors.

Stay on top of what’s happening in your field. This gives you a competitive edge and increases your level of expertise.


  • A to-do list, grocery list, or quick journal entry.
  • A query, blog post, or blog and social-networking comments.
  • Your bio, press release, or a draft of your business plan.

Instead of spending a lot of time mulling  over the items you have to write, write them quickly. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how effective focused writing-time can be. You can always edit queries, blog posts, and publicity materials later.


  • Take a walk, exercise or power-nap.
  • Cook, garden, meditate.
  • Sketch, take photos, work a crossword puzzle or Sudoku.

Do whatever it takes to do a personal “system re-boot.” You will feel refreshed and will be more productive when you head back to your daily routine.

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3 thoughts on “What Can You Do in 15 Minutes?

  1. It’s amazing just how much you can get done in just a few short minutes.  We often spend more time thinking about what we “could” or “should” be doing …. my philosophy is simple – JUST DO IT lol!

    Thanks for Sharing :o)

  2. Awesome tips, Debra. 15  minutes may seem very short to most people, but it gives me time to relax and reenergize. A short walk or a few stretches should do it. 🙂

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