Just 10 minutes a day can make all the difference

We all have the same 24 hours in each day. It’s up to us to make good use of the time.

When you add up all the five or ten minute breaks we end up having each day, it’s a large block of time.  Therefore, no matter how busy a person is, a lot of free time can be amalgamated.

What if you were to give just 10 minutes of each day to something new?

wall_clock (photo by lusi)

It doesn’t matter when you do it. The 10 minutes can be first thing in the morning one day and in the middle of the afternoon on another.

And it doesn’t even matter what. Anything that’s new to you won’t be quite so new if you learn about it for just 10 minutes a day for a couple of weeks.

Cutting up your time into very small pieces can open up your eyes to how much you can do when you put your mind to it. That’s 144 sessions of 10 minutes in every day.  Sure, we have lectures and seminars and evenings out and clubs to go to, and time to eat and sleep, yadda yadda yadda, but there’s bound to be at least a few spare 10 minute sessions there for the taking.

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10 Things You Can Do With 10 Minutes

  1. Learn 5 new words – great for when you’re trying to speak a new language…
  2. Say ‘Thank you’ – A brief note doesn’t take long to write, but can spread happiness that lasts a long time.
  3. Exercise – If you don’t spend any time keeping fit, just 10 minutes can give you that extra boost.
  4. Sleep – A short powernap can bring long-lasting benefits throughout the remainder of your day.
  5. Start a project you’ve been putting off – It’s just for 10 minutes, but at least you’ll have started.  You may even decide to continue.  Sometimes the hardest part is starting.
  6. Write a list – Maybe you’re already adept at firing off lists every day.  If not, use a 10 minute chunk to start the great habit.
  7. Take a short walk – This isn’t a strenuous activity, just a stroll to clear your mind, get some fresh air, and look around you.
  8. Start writing – Doesn’t matter what it’s about.  Just see where it takes you for 10 minutes.  It could amaze you.
  9. Ask yourself “What do I really want?” – Do you ever take the time to seriously consider this question?  Now’s the time.
  10. Watch the clock – Prove the point, look at the clock for 10 whole minutes.  Boring, isn’t it?  Just think how much you could have achieved in that short – but very long – period of time.

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It may also be useful to break down your entire day into 10 minute chunks, so you don’t accidentally waste away half an hour just because it’s “only half an hour”.

And you needn’t change your plans in the first instance.  Maybe you like to spend an hour and a half watching the TV and chatting with your housemates.  If you note this down each day as 9 complete 10 minute blocks, you’ll find it easier to visualise and more convenient to limit yourself to just 70 or 80 minutes TV watching a day whenever it’s necessary.

After a short while, it will be apparent just how much time you have spent on each activity. [e.g. Six 10-minute blocks at a lecture, Two 10-minute blocks walking into town, Six 10-minute blocks shopping & eating, Two 10-minute blocks walking back home, Eighteen 10-minute blocks on the Internet doing – ahem! – research.) With the hard evidence, you can see exactly where your time is disappearing and you’ll have the ability to make changes to suit your wants and needs.

On top of all this, you’re more likely to take your timetable seriously.  Let’s admit it, we all enjoy seeing half a day of absolute freedom in our schedule, but with so many 10-minute blocks staring you in the face, they’re just asking to be filled up with a bit more than “Sit around chatting with mates”.  Can you imagine doing just that for 24 entire 10-minute chunks…?

You know it makes sense!