Optimizing Personal Growth: Turning Boredom into Productivity

We waste time. A lot of time.

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We may not be able to gain those cumulative minutes of wasted time back during a commute or streak of writer’s block, but we can turn them into opportunities to learn and enhance our personal development and growth.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

With a massive range of subjects and categories to search from, a personal favourite of mine, Castbox offers free podcasts, audiobooks and radio channels all from the comfort of your phone, desktop, car or voice assistant device.

TED Talks

Ideas worth spreading.

With an average run time of 10 to 18 minutes, TED talks (and blogs) are set to inspire, motivate and educate during your tea break. If you need a giggle, some cultural exposure, or just some good advice, TED invites a wide range of guests from a variety of disciplines such as technology, psychology and business, to engage in your curiosity and ignite a sense of global collaboration in building a better future.


If you spend way too much time on social media like me, this is the app for you. Offering a range of statistical data about social media use by minutes and number of device unlocks per day in comparison to other app users, AntiSocial is an app designed to restrict your usage of other (unproductive) apps. You can lock certain apps manually and restrict access at certain times of the day.

So, if you’re sick of wasting snippets of your time these tools will optimize your life five minutes at a time.

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