When I was a student at the University of Denver, I did not want to pay for parking. So I parked far enough away so that I did not have to, which meant a ten minute walk to and from campus every day. Sometimes twice a day. Which means I probably wasted about two hours per week just doing this. Oh, and I stopped at Starbucks pretty much every day, which is very near the business school. So that probably gets us to three hours per week of completely wasted time.

When I was at DU I did not think of that time as being wasted. I just did not care to pay for the parking, the walk did not bother me much, and I need coffee in my life every day. Wasted time is exactly what that was though. Apps have the capability to change this. The stuff we could have studied for but did not? Those three hours per week, when I was literally not doing anything, would have been well served by using an app that made me better prepared. Whether it was for the material in a certain class or for a licensing exam, studying through my phone during these wasted moments would have made me a better student and enabled more achievement.

The old way is to know that you need to prioritize your tasks. Whatever is most important needs to get done first in your day. You need to set goals and they need to be measureable. You need to set aside a couple of hours where nobody can bother you and get to work.

The old way is not dead. There is still a need to sit down and study. But mobile technology is enabling new possibilities that never existed before, and the one that we are focused on is the wasted time in your day and how to make those moments productive so that you don’t have to wreck yourself trying to pass that exam and get licensed or certified.