When you have five minutes of down-time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze.

By lazing for 5 five minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That is 9,125 minutes per year (25 X 365). Sadly, my guess is we are wasting far more time than that.

I was once told by my high school English teacher that if I read every time I had a break, even if the break was just for a minute or two, that I would get a lot more reading done than expected.

She was right.

Every time I finished my work early, or had a spare moment, I would pick up a book and read. Which is why I carry a book everywhere I go.

I read while waiting for the Gautrain, I ready while queuing for my driver’s license renewal, at a restaurant, while waiting a meeting to start, I read everywhere where there is a small chance.

How we spend our periodic five minute breaks is a determining factor to what we achieve in our lives.

Every little bit adds up.

Success is what you do between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

It is what you do off-stage, backstage, it is what you do when no one is paying attention.

You don’t win a fight in the boxing ring, you win it weeks and months of preparations before the big fight.

Ps: By all means rest, take time off, do nothing, get bored, in the process make it count.

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