5 Idle Time Busters

1. Audio books on a bus

During my first job hunt, there was one job that I interviewed for whose office was 3 hours (by bus) away from my house. It was a writing job, so I was determined to accept it even if it required that insane amount of travel time. Luckily, I got another writing job offer, so I didn’t have to go through this torture. But during the time that I thought that this would be my job, I prepared for things that I can do on the bus so that I don’t waste my time.

I love reading books, but reading on a moving bus will strain my eyes. I decided to download audio books for the first time. My friend, Jenny, suggested that I listen to Law of Success by Napoleon Hill.

2. There’s always time to read a book.

Wherever I go, I always bring a book. On days when I don’t bring a book, I regret it. That’s why when I feel the urge to not bring a book, I always tell myself, There’s always time to read a book. When I’m waiting for someone, waiting for the food to be served in a restaurant, and the like, I open my book and read.

3. [insert what you are waiting for]-waiting meditation

In Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, she says that she uses waiting time to meditate. She thinks about the things she’s grateful for, the things that make her happy, etc. This way, waiting time is no longer a frustrating experience, instead it becomes an opportunity to make herself happy.

4. Scribble, scribble

Writing is a good way to entertain yourself. That is why whenever I leave the house I either have my little notebook, my normally-sized ideas notebook, or pieces of scratched paper. Sometimes I also use my phone’s notes to jot down ideas that pop into my head.

5. Podcasts

When I was still debating in college, my orgmate said that he used podcasts to matterload. He listens to these podcasts while he drives so that he doesn’t waste time. My favorite matterloading podcasts were Economist Magazine audio edition and NPR debates. There are many podcasts that are available online, so you can choose the ones that interest you.

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4 thoughts on “5 Idle Time Busters

  1. That was me, again. Didn’t realize I haven’t logged in yet until I was about to post the comment na so I just decided I’d be anon and wondered if you’d still reply. But hey you made an entire post to answer my questions! I appreciate it very much. Thank you! I was always wondering about idea notebooks but never really knew how to go about it. I hope I didn’t bother you so much with all my questions xD And I hope you don’t mind when I do have questions again.

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    1. You didn’t bother me at all. I was actually stuck today. I didn’t know what to write in my blog, then I read your comment and I realized that I can write a whole post about it. Thank you for all of your questions. Actually, you made me think a lot. Maybe I’ll expound on some of my answers in the coming days. Thank you so much! Of course, yes, just keep asking your questions! 🙂

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  2. How many idea notebooks do you have? I have one but I really don’t know how to segregate my ideas (if there’s a need at all). Is there a way to keep your idea notebooks organized? What do you usually put in your notebooks? Is the ordinary notebook enough for idea notebooks or is there a better kind of notebook to keep your ideas? When do you decide your ideas are worthy to post in your blog? It’s so tiring to keep on editing anything I write. Do you really need to edit it? How do you become a better writer? If you say, just jeep writing, then how do you know if you’ve improved at all? How do you know your writing makes sense and is organized?

    About the podcasts, what are they?That’s ten questions from an anon, and I hope that you would be so kind to address them all. I have more but I haven’t thought of them yet. 🙂

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