3 Time-Saving Strategies to Steal from the Overscheduled
2. Double up. Busy people make time for other people by including them in things they have to do anyway. Maureen Sullivan, the president of AOL.com and the company's lifestyle brands, often has to walk between buildings as part of her day. So she'll ask team members to walk with her. "We have power walks," she says. "We’ve turned those into mini-meetings." If you're trying to mentor someone, see if she can go with you to go grab your afternoon coffee. (Nilofer Merchant, corporate director and author, gave a TED talk on other benefits of the walk-and-talk that's gotten more than 1.5 million views.)
3. Reclaim any remaining unexpected bits of time. Think you don't have a chance to read? Try grabbing a book or magazine app while waiting for food to heat up in the microwave. Even if that's just five minutes a day, that's more than half an hour per week. You can also repurpose late-night time, when people usually putter (or watch TV), for doing more productive things. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week—which is approximately 20 minutes per day. Wendy Clark, SVP for Coca Cola's Sparkling Brand Center, hops on the elliptical machine for a short late-night workout. Early birds may find moments of morning putter-time that can be put to similar use.
Laura Vanderkam is the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Penguin).