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9 Ways to Use Your Dead Time Wisely
Staying Ahead When Things Get Slow
You've just sent off your latest report to your manager – and before the deadline, too. Great job! You've bought yourself a bit of time and can now get a head start on your next project.
But, before you're able to get going, you need some key information from a colleague, and he says that it won't be available for a few days.
So, what can you do until then to fill the "dead" time? You don't want to just "twiddle your thumbs." Do you catch up with admin? Ask your manager if there's anything you can do? Or, do you just enjoy the rare downtime?
In this article, we look at why dead time occurs, the challenges that it presents, and how to use it wisely.
The dead time that we refer to in this article is the idle time that you have when you're actually at work. This differs from other periods of dead time, such as commuting, when you might choose to work, even though you're not obliged to.
What Is Dead Time?
You can find yourself facing dead time for any number of reasons.