Whether you have 30 minutes or two hours, the way that you use your free time is crucial. In fact, I believe that the key to being at your best, lowering your stress, and maximizing your overall success all depends on what you do with your free moments.
My own time efficiency has grown almost exponentially from the time I started my career in education. In my early days, I can remember blowing my entire allotment of free time on some days reading about sports, chatting with coworkers, and just downright daydreaming. No more.
I have since realized that time is valuable. I have a choice about every free minute that I have on a given day. I can use it wisely or unwisely. I now try to be aware of every minute that I spend and get as close to maximum efficiency as possible. This will not only help me to get more done, but it will also free up more time for doing other things that I want to do outside of teaching.
So, even if you want to use your free time to relax or take a break, at least be aware of how you are spending it. Those things can be valuable too. Just realize that every minute wasted may have to be made up later. Use that time wisely. It's valuable.
The Discipline Dr
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