You never know when you’re going to have an extra 15 minutes. The person you’re meeting is running late. The drive didn’t take as long as you thought it would. The line is longer than you ever thought possible. When this happens, some people play Angry Birds–and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I’d rather read a blog post, a few pages of a book, or a magazine article. Maybe even proofread a piece of my own writing, or someone else’s. You can get a lot done in 15 minutes, and you may just learn something that will pay dividends for months, or even years.
There’s always something new to know. You don’t often have extra time, so when you do, be prepared. Always bring something to read. Always.