April 7, 2016
You’ve probably never thought of the bathroom as a place where you can get smarter, but it’s true. In the time that it takes you to go to the bathroom, you can learn the most extraordinary things. There are also plenty of other places that you can increase your brain power that you may be missing out on, but first let’s address the bathroom issue.
Every morning when I wake up, I have to go to the bathroom. For me it isn’t just the in and out in 30 seconds variety either. This is usually the 5 minutes or more variety. You may be wondering, “Why on earth would you even be talking about this? This is disgusting.” Although you may have a valid point, I want to share how you can use this time to get smarter. Almost everybody has a phone, and when people use the restroom, there is a very good chance that they are looking at their phone, probably browsing through some type of social media or other. If you were to have a book on let’s say the kindle app on your phone, you could be reading something that could improve your life or help you learn about a new interesting topic or develop a skill. The possibilities are endless. Let’s say you use the bathroom for 5 minutes a day. Over the course of a full week, you will have read at least 35 minutes. Compound that over a month and you have an extra 2 plus hours that you’ve read. Compound that over a year, and you’ve now spent a full 24 hours reading about a subject that can help you improve your life (or if you read fiction, entertain you at the least).
You see there are all sorts of opportunities that you may be missing out on. Here are some other places where you can use generally dead moments to improve yourself:
- Listen to an audiobook or podcast while in the shower
- Listen to an audiobook or podcast during your commute to work
- Read a book during commercials if you’re watching TV
- Listen to an audiobook or podcast while exercising
- State your affirmations while you’re in the car to work
- State your affirmations in the shower
- Start a podcast from your car
There are many opportunities throughout the day that you can take advantage of throughout the day. With how technology has advanced, we are so fortunate to have all of the information in the world at our finger tips. So the next time that you are taking a seat on the porcelain, take a few minutes to get smarter 🙂