Trapped Time = Task Time
One example of trapped time is your daily commute - both morning and evening. If you commute by car, this is a good time to catch up on your podcast playlist, or even hold “office hours,” a block of time where your friends and family know they will be able to catch you for a phone call. If you’re a public transportation commuter, this may not be an ideal situation for office hours, but you can still pass the time binging podcasts, catching up on all those articles you’ve been meaning to read, or even getting ahead of your inbox. Just make sure you’re paying attention when you get to your stop!
The "right" time to arrive at the airport for a flight has become a hotly debated point (you are either an “hour-plus early” person or an “it’s fine if I arrive as boarding is starting” person). If you’re the former, how do you spend that trapped time? We’re big fans of making sure you always have a book on hand, especially for moments like this. Likewise, now that school is back in session, you may find yourself waiting in the pick-up line for more time than seems possible. This is another time that book may come in handy! This is also a good example of trapped time that can be used to work on a hobby
something like knitting, perhaps, if you have a mobile set-up that you can easily take with you on the go.
These moments of trapped time are also great for any practice that helps you clear your mind. Writing while you wait
even for 5-10 minutes
can help you get things out of your head for clarity, or it can help a budding writer work toward a goal of writing for X amount of time per day. And, sometimes just taking a minute (or ten) to catch your breath is the best way to spend your commute time. A peaceful moment for meditation in the morning before you tackle the day at work, or on the way home as a way to let go of your work life can help you find some clarity. (This is not recommended for those of you car-commuters!)