You don’t really need a long stretch of time to accomplish something worthwhile. As the old adage goes, ‘every moment counts’ so if you find yourself with five minutes to spare in the office, here’s how to make the most of it.

1. Prime yourself for your meeting. Five minutes at hand before an important appointment is ample time to rehearse. Visualize not just your own strategy but the possible reaction of others. This is great prep for making your reflexes sharper and making you seem totally in control of the situation.

2. Flex your muscles. Sitting for hours can dull any mind, so whenever you can grab the opportunity to boost up your energy levels by doing a bit of exercise. Squats, sit-ups, on-spot jogging, stretches – all work as a quick wake-me-up in a lethargic interval.

3. Catch up on reading. Browsing through an article takes around five to seven minutes. Print out and save articles that look interesting but you don’t have time to read; stash them in a file or box within reach for those spare moments. At the end of nothing-to-do time, you’ll end up smarter.

4. Build up human contact. Step away from your desk and strike up a conversation with a co-worker who is also free. Camaraderie builds up team spirit in an office, and is definitely conducive to greater efficiency.

5. Organize your files. You’ll be surprised how much you can actually sort out in five minutes. Leave a marker or brightly-colored file to remind you where to begin ‘operation clean-up’ next time you’re sitting around twiddling your thumbs.