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There are times when you are stuck – it just happens I’m not talking about creative blocks and slow economy: there are times when you are physically and hopelessly stuck. At the wheel in slow traffic, waiting at the doctor’s office with no Internet connection, in a different time zone because your flight has been canceled… the list of productivity nightmares goes on.
However, not being able to check your emails or actively work on your projects does not mean that you cannot be productive. In this article, we will look at a few passive productivity tips, that will keep your time valuable even when it seems that there is nothing to do but twiddle your thumbs.
You may not be able to move, but you can listen. This is an all-time favorite for traffic jams, and podcasts are a real goldmine here. They are not too distracting while you are driving, and give you access to knowledge on all sorts of topics.
You can pick a few podcasts that are work-related and teach you new techniques or keep you up to date with the most recent developments in the field, you can listen to more generally entrepreneurship-related programmes or even podcasts that tangentially touch areas you are interested in. For example, listening to a show on how to make new friends and overcome your shyness can make you better at networking and public speaking. There is no reason for staying away from fiction podcasts either, especially when you do not have much time for entertainment in your daily life.
A reading list is a lifesaver in these situations. A great way to set up one is by using Trello. You can create a card and fill it with ideas for reading that you cannot do at the moment, and return to it when you are stuck. Did you find a neat article? Is there a book you want to read? Is there a video you want to watch?
You can organize your list by subject or goals, and it may not be urgent or related to the task at hand in terms of your weekly or 90-days projects, but it may fit in your greater goal. So there is no reason why you should not keep track of the inspiring material you come across. Do not forget to download some items on your list in case you are stuck offline!