Saturday, May 12, 2012

Managing Trash Time

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How do you handle trash time?  

Trash time is a short amount of time between two important events in your day. Trash time is typically unproductive, but it doesn't have to be.  For a student these small patches of time are an opportunity to do micro-study.  The small bursts of study can really add up to some significant learning.  College Freshmen often struggle with getting control of their schedule.  In high school, all the blocks of time are mapped out and similar every day, while in college there is a constantly shifting array of commitments.

If you are are early to an appointment or the appointment ends early there will be some unexpected trash time.  Being able to utilize trash time requires being ready to use it and sensing that it is there.  If you regularly have to wait between two classes, then this is trash time you can count on and should take steps to harness this resource.

We decide what we do with our time, and doing nothing is a choice, but we actually have a lot of time on our hands even in the midst of a busy schedule.


  Every moment can have a purpose, but not every purposeful moment requires movement (Psalm 46:10).  Sometimes the best thing to do is unplug and sit quiet before God.