For most of us, there are simply not enough hours in the day.
We rush around trying to complete our chores, meet deadlines, spend time with family and friends; in the end we have no time for hobbies, reading books, or developing our skills further.
But, have you ever stopped to consider the powerful impact just 10 minutes a day could have on your life?
It may seem like a very small amount of time, but if you were to spend 10 minutes a day, 5 days each week on a particular area of your life, can you see how much you could potentially accomplish?
Sure, the progress may be slow, but what’s the alternative?
The secret to achieving our goals in life is ultimately taking it one step at a time, day by day, month by month, year by year.
So, rather than getting overwhelmed thinking, “I could never learn a new language,” break it down into manageable chunks; eventually you’ll achieve success.
Lessons from our sporting heroes!
Recently my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to see the quarter finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
We watched a doubles match (Clement/Llodra v Nestor/Zimonjic), and then S. Williams v J Jankovic, and J Nieminen v R Nadal; all round it was a totally fab day!
This got me thinking about the wealth of information to be gained by observing those involved in sport; lessons that can be applied to every area of our life.
What do I mean?
Well, using tennis as an example, when under pressure from your opponent you need to focus on the smaller points, rather than the bigger issue, taking it one game at a time, step by step, trying to gain or maintain the advantage over your opponent.
This can also be applied in our own lives in terms of achieving goals.
By breaking your goals down into small, baby steps, you will find success, all-be-it rather slow at times.
Remember, speed is not your aim, success is.
So, if you want to lose weight, take it slowly, pound by pound, rather than fixing your focus on massive weight loss in the beginning (or the bigger issue), which can, and usually does, result in weight loss failure.
So, how can you use 10 minutes a day in your own life?
- Choose something you want to improve in your life, for example weight loss, increased exercise, healthier eating, or time management skills etc.
- Apply 10 minutes each day, 5 days each week towards completing this goal, or towards learning more about it.
- Remember, don’t choose things which you aren’t committed to, or things that don’t really matter to you.
- Keep your ideas simple, rather than overwhelming yourself with complicated plans or ideas.
Here are a few ways to spend your 10 minutes:
- Learn how to make smarter choices in your diet by reading health blogs like this one, reading books or magazines, or by asking others what works for them etc.
- Learn how sleep impacts your health. Check out my previous post 4 Ways to Get Better Kip.
- Learn how to make exercise fun and enjoyable, maybe buy an exercise video, or fitness magazine for tips.
- Learn how to reduce your stress levels by listening to a relaxation tape, concentrating on breathing exercises, or maybe reading a funny book.
10 minutes is a very small percentage in terms of a 24 hours day, but consistently over time, it could have a huge impact on your lifelong goals.
Remember, consistency is absolutely essential to this principle.
Why not start by putting this into practice today?
What are your tips and ideas for achieving consistency in your daily life?
Final thought, Will Rogers said,
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.