How to spend your dead time productively

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What you need to know:

  • Do you love to cook, bake, knit, draw, carve, paint, or do woodwork? There’s no shortage of websites where you can learn these skills.


  • You could even watch DIY (do it yourself) tutorials on YouTube. These provide simple but valuable skills, usually for free.

The idea to write the highly successful Harry Potter series struck while JK Rowling was waiting to board a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. If you work in a big city such as Nairobi, chances are you spend some hours in traffic every week. Some people spend up to four hours in traffic every working day, or 20 hours in a five-day working week. That’s the equivalent of two and a half working days lost in traffic! Did you know that what you do while stuck in traffic could transform your career and life? Canadian writer Robin Sharma calls this ‘‘Traffic University’’.

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