Although those chunks of time never feel long enough to get started on anything, there are ways to use them effectively.
Action – First, always have some low-priority work or reading material with you that you can grab when there’s dead time.
Next, make lists of what you can do with 5, 10 and 15 minutes. For example, you can file papers, make a phone call, review your to-do list or organize your email inbox.
And you can use short amounts of time to connect with others. Ask your colleagues how they are, phone your spouse simply to say hello, or write a quick thank you note to one of the many people who undoubtedly deserve your gratitude.