As I mentioned on my other blog, I got to attend NAIAS last week. One of my favorite sessions was by Sheryl Connelly, Ford’s Futurist, whose job it is to predict trends three years in the future (the 2014 Trends report can be downloaded as a PDF here).
One of the trends she touched on was the idea of “Micro Moments.” Until she had mentioned it, I had never thought of it having a name, but Micro Moments are essentially the tasks you do while you are waiting for something else or in between larger tasks. One example she gave was emailing yourself your grocery list in between meetings. Ford’s research indicated that people do these small tasks throughout the day so they have a larger chunk of uninterrupted free time at the end (or sometime during) the day.
Doing these tasks can help increase productivity and output throughout the day in order to save time for relaxing. Sheryl’s research reminded me that I am fitting in Micro Moments almost every day, throughout the day. I will send an invoice while in line at the bank teller. I’ll proofread a blog post from my assistant before approving it to be scheduled. I just never realized how much these tasks can add up.
Here’s some other Micro Moments I do on a regular basis:
- Empty the dishwasher while waiting for my lunch to cook
- Create daily to do lists while on hold
- Go on walks to fit in my exercise for the day while talking on the phone to my mom
In order to benefit from Micro Moments, it’s important to only do tasks that take a few seconds or moments and don’t interrupt something you are currently in the middle of doing. For instance, whenever I stop writing a 1,000 word article to transfer money into my savings account online, I am utilizing a Micro Moment that may have cost me more time in writing the long article.
By implementing Micro Moments into your daily life, you can increase your free time in the evenings and feel less stressed because you accomplished more.