Here’s What Else You Can Do in that Time…

It turns out a lot, actually.

When your nonprofit organization takes advantage of an IRS-authorized tax e-filer like File990, an unexpected problem is created…

You end up with a lot of free time on your hands.

Although we’ve spoken about this before, the filing process for the IRS Form 990 isn’t for a faint-hearted. It’s lengthy. It requires time to learn the process, time to gather the necessary materials, and time to submit—and even then an incorrect or incomplete submission can have serious consequences to your nonprofits tax-exempt status…

However, when you partner with an IRS-authorized e-filer who knows the IRS 990 application process inside and out, will handle your submission for you, and update you when your application has been accepted and approved, you avoid a lot of headaches.

And it can all be done in less than five minutes.

With that said, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at how you could make better use of that time, so, here are five things you can do in under five minutes.

1. Read a book.

There are too many benefits to reading to count, so we’ll just mention the top four.

  • anxiety relief
  • increased knowledge
  • better focus and concentration
  • stress reduction and greater empathy

You don’t have to finish the book in five minutes. That’s not the point. Instead, similar to meditation (more on that in a minute), you’re giving your brain a clean break from over-stimulation. Instead, by channeling your attention into one activity—particularly fiction reading—you’ll be taking your thoughts outside of yourself and into the life of someone else. This process makes you more empathetic toward others in real life and reduces anxiety and stress.

2. Clean up your room or workspace.

As Marie Condo would undoubtedly agree, there’s something remarkable about creating space in your life and your surroundings through the practice of minimalism. 

In her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she espouses the virtues of a clean home and workspace, detailing how important they are to inner harmony and soul—these effects are linked to reduced stress and higher creativity, too. So, if you’ve got an extra five minutes in your day, take a look at your desk or bedroom, and start cleaning it up.

You’ll feel better in no time.

3. Text someone and tell them you were thinking about them.

You might be surprised how often someone is thinking of you at the same time you’re thinking of them, so don’t hold it in, let them know. A nice “Hey, I was thinking about you earlier and I hope you’re well!” goes a long way in maintaining your relationships. So, break out your phone, and text Grandma. 

It means more than you might think.

4. Meditate

This is one of the easiest items on this list, and one of the most important.

Why? For starters, you can do it anywhere and at any time. Secondly, it’s free. And lastly, meditation can lengthen your life, relieve anxiety, boost happiness, reduce depression, and provide other health benefits.

And bonus: You don’t need anything to get started.

Here’s how to meditate effectively.

Step 1: Find a quiet place you can sit down without being disrupted.

Step 2: Close your eyes and breathe.

Step 3: Count your breaths, focus on the motion of your chest rising and falling, and try not to think of anything else. If you slip into random thought, start counting your breathing again.

Step 4: Complete this exercise for 5 minutes without interruption.

Step 5: Pat yourself on the back for completing your first unguided meditation.

And that’s it.

Build that into a daily habit and you’ll notice over time that you’re becoming warmer with people, less preoccupied in anxious thought, and generally more present in your life—and that’s worth five minutes.

5. Go take a walk, or bother a coworker.

When the average adult spends up to a third of their lives at their job, it’s important that you get along with them. It’s also important to get up and take a walk when sitting at a desk for upwards of eight hours per day.

Let’s start with coworker camaraderie.

Did you know that simply interacting more with your coworkers and fostering those relationships can lead to:

  • learning opportunities
  • increased happiness at work
  • better communication and productivity
  • greater promotion opportunities and higher earnings 

Closed mouths don’t get fed, so speak up and interact with your team members. It’ll make you feel better about your work, and it’ll help push your career.

Lastly, we’d like to call out the simple act of taking a walk.

The health benefits are numerous: reduced rate of heart disease, stronger joints, improved mood, better posture, etc. However, rather than focusing on the benefits of walking, it’s important to talk about the negative health effects of too much sitting

  • increased blood pressure
  • higher risk of weight gain and obesity
  • greater chance of death by cardiovascular disease and cancer

Sitting can kill, so take the opportunity to get up and take a walk when you can clear out five minutes, and when you do, be sure to bring one of your coworkers with you.

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