Accomplishing More in Ten Minutes a Day
It's all about time management. If we do not manage our time those minutes and hours slip by. Here's a way to do more and reduce stress.
I have fond memories of visiting my grandparent’s house when I was young. I remember being fascinated with my grandfather as he was creative and always tinkering in his workshop. He was a hard worker who worked two jobs, smoked a pipe and took afternoon naps in his Lazy Boy chair.
One day I asked him “Grandpa, you are always busy. Isn’t this a lot of work?” He replied, “Scott, if you do a little each day it is not work.”
This has become a mantra – of sorts – for my life. I truly believe that if we do a little bit each day it is not work. For me it has removed some of the stress of the attachment to the outcome and anxiety to complete in a certain time.
I ask you the questions, what would you like to accomplish? Or, is there anything that you have started which remains unfinished?
How would it feel to begin making progress on those tasks and then to see a finished product?
Many of us are great starters, me included. However, not many of us are great at finishing a project. To complete something brings a wonderful sense of satisfaction.
A challenge that I’ve set for myself is to take 10-15 minutes each day and dedicate it to one of my unfinished tasks. This has made it fun and I find that I end up enjoying what I am doing without being focused on only the end result. Because I enjoy the activity there are days when I find myself devoting much more than 10 minutes. The time passes quickly and progress is made each day without the stress and anxiety of reaching the goal. The journey becomes enjoyable.
It feels great when I am making small, but consistent, progress on some of my goals and projects. It also is a fantastic feeling when I am picking up tasks that were left long ago, getting back into them and working towards the state of completion.
Are you up for a similar challenge?
Here is a simple one that can bring dramatic results to your life. Let’s put it in perspective as the numbers do not lie…
10 minutes per day x 7 days per week = 70 minutes of time per week.
Say you take the equivalent of 6 weeks off during a year.
That would leave you 46 weeks with 70 minutes of contribution dedicated to your task.
That equals 3,220 minutes or just about 54 hours.
When we break it down and do a little each day what seems to be out of reach soon becomes much more real.
How much can you accomplish in 10 minutes a day?
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