White space is a telecommunications word and refers to the part of the bandwidth that is left unused by the broadcasters to prevent interference or overlap with the adjacent stations. In the publication industry it represents space between words to improve readability of the page. Even though it represents a void, white space is highly desired and useful.
Drawing a corollary to a professional’s life, white space is the time spent commuting, outside client’s office or between two appointments. It is usually a chance time that is not really planned for in daily schedulers. However, if used smartly, it is also the most desired time to rejuvenate and revitalize an otherwise hectic day.
Following are the 6 ways on how you can fill up your white spaces –
1.) Listening to music on your phone
Music is an elixir of life. It is also the most common tool of filling up those moments of white spaces. Possessing a mobile phone is something that is singularly common to all professionals. Fill up your phone with your favorite music, carry a headset, and you are all set to go.
Next time when you commute to your office, take out your favorite magazine or the half read novel and resume your read. Besides reducing stress, did you know that reading is also said to enhance smartness? Now that you know, pack those good reads in your office bag right away. And by the way, make sure that you are not driving yourself to office when you take out that book for a leisurely read.
Yeah, you read it right! Writing can be the most creative way to fill up white space. No, I am not taking about carrying your journal to wherever you go, though you can! However, in the world of smart phones and laptops, you don’t really need to. Next time when you find yourself spending some idol time, take out your laptop or phone, open the notepad or evernote application and start writing your thoughts and ideas. Continue doing this over a period of time and soon you will end up with that article you always wanted to post on your blog or the idea that has the potential to transform your business or your client’s sales! By the way, this article too is the result of conglomeration of many such white spaces.
4.) A short walk
Completed your lunch? Still have few minutes left on your lunch break? Get out with your office colleagues and start walking. Walking is a useful exercise, especially after a meal, as it also helps with digestion. You can also use this time to chit chat and socialize with your colleagues. You will be surprised how informative this small session can be where you might get to know what has happening with your colleague’s life or the real reason behind that much talked about office circular.
5.) Playing mobile games or doing Facebook
These possibly make for the biggest market with their roots based on providing great avenues to pass time. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t suggest that you open your mobiles as soon as you get any free time and become a vigilante car racer running away from cops (remember need for speed) or for that matter start Facebooking left, right, and center. However, sometimes the most unrelated activities can be the best dose of revitalization. So, next time you are commuting back from work, use your mobile to connect with the world through Facebook (or any other social networking site) or take on the role of an angry bird in star wars avatar.
Did you know that a normal person breathes ½ liter of air per breath and take an average of 10-15 breaths a minute? Spread this over the day and it’s quite a full time work for our lungs. Thankfully all of it is involuntary! Coming to the other side of the story, our breath is also a reflection of our mood and vice-versa. It is, therefore, the most efficient tool to calm senses and revitalization. So, next time when you are waiting outside client’s office before that all important meeting, calm your hyperactive brain for a bit and fill your white space with doses of controlled deep breaths. Do this for few minutes and you will be fresh to take on that client and the world!
Of course, this is not a comprehensive list – not because of the word limit for this article, but because I don’t want you to get an impression that I have more white spaces than the utilized bandwidth!
Hope you find the list interesting and helpful. Would love to know on how you fill up your white spaces!
Anshuman Chaturvedi is an entrepreneur, consultant, and a corporate trainer. He is also the co-founder of Techvibes Global Services, a management consultancy and training services firm.
Category: Personal Branding