All it takes is 10 minutes

Posted on July 2, 2014


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Okay, I am now convinced that a 10 minute interval is a very good thing. No surprise, some exercise convinced me. I used to think that if I couldn’t exercise for a solid 60 minutes, that it wasn’t worth exercising. Well, life gets in the way sometimes. I love how a quick 10 minute stretch or walk can really clear my mind.

This got me thinking about all the things you can do in 10 minutes. Here they are:

1.  Get up and move!

Okay, so if you work in an office, maybe you can’t dance around, but at least get up and walk to the bathroom or visit a co-worker.

2. Clear off your desk.

I find I think and work much better with a clear desk. If I don’t take 10 minutes at the end of every day to clear off my desk, the papers pile up and pretty soon my desk looks like a paper tornado hit it.

3. Dust a room.

I am not much of a house keeper, but it does bother me to see dust-laden surfaces. This used to really bother me because I never wanted to take a lot of time to clean. Well, I’ve found if I spend 10 minutes dusting a small place, before I know it in a couple of days, the house is dust free.

4. Read and reply to blog posts.

As my subscription base has increased (it’s over 500 now – yay), I was feeling overwhelmed in keeping up with it. Once again, I spend about 10 minutes every day now.

5. Answer emails.

Replies for most of my emails are fairly straightforward. At the end of every day, I set asid time to reply to the emails so my inbox doesn’t stay flooded.

6. Plan your day.

At the end of every day, I take 10 minutes to write down what I want to accomplish the next day. Not only does this keep me on track, but it serves as a divider between my “work” time and my “free” time. I don’t believe in blending work and free time.

What tips do you have for getting something done in 10 minutes?