Most of the shadows in this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Question #92056 posted on 03/02/2019 10:10 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I always find myself with these weird 20 minute blocks of time on campus and I don't know what to do with them. I usually just go on Instagram, but it feels like I end up wasting a lot of time. My classes don't really lend themselves to studying with flash cards. What should I do with these weird chunks of time?

-In Limbo


Dear Limbo-ed,

Get rid of those awkward chunks of time. My guess is you can't do that for this semester, but in the future, be aware that this is an issue, and try and avoid creating a class schedule with gaps. Personally, in order to minimize these blocks, I tend to stick in the same location on campus for hours and hours at a time. This allows me to work uninterrupted for long enough stretches that I'm actually productive.

That said, if you absolutely are stuck with 20 minutes between things, you can still be productive. Here's a short list of suggestions of things you could do to fill the time without wasting it.

  • Do class readings. You don't need to get the entire reading done within the 20 minutes, but it's an activity that can be easily interrupted and picked up again later.
  • Take a personal health break. That might be meditating, taking a power nap, studying your scriptures, asking a question on the Board, or what have you.
  • Review the homework that you have to do that particular day, and plan out how you're going to get it all done.

Hopefully that helps.



Dear person,

Try to fit 30 minute tasks in, like working on a paper or math homework for 30 minutes. It adds up faster than you'd think.



Dear stuck,

Go into all the classrooms you can find and leave some sort of mark on the whiteboard/chalkboard. Could be a smiley face, or a positive message or quote, or a huge beautiful drawing. This way you'll get to explore more of campus, brighten up random people's days when they find your mark, and get a tiny bit of exercise in. (Walking in and out of all those classrooms is a bit of a workout, right?) Or even better, you could start a new Instagram account entitled "Secrets of BYU," buy a huge bag of Hershey's kisses or some other small candy, and leave those randomly around campus and snap a picture of where you left it. You'll start a whole scavenger hunt for other people like you stuck on campus for 20 minutes with nothing to do! (I first thought of making a riddle for each place you left the candy, but that may take more time than it's worth. Then again, you do have 20 minutes to find a hiding place and snap a picture, so maybe you could come up with a rhyme during that time!)

-guppy of doom


Dear you,

Walk around campus and say hi to people. They could be people you already know, or they might be people you meet over time as you pass by the same places and people over time. When I did this at BYU, it was a way for me to gain a sense of community, find new friends, and catch up with old ones.

Still got extra time? Apply for the Board! Frankly, we could use all the help we can get.


--Ardilla Feroz