As life goes on, I find myself getting I busier and busier. There’s kids, work, and social life. On top of this, I have dreams and goals for things I want to also accomplish.
Where does one find the time?
I realised that in order to be able to accomplish everything (or rather, as much as possible), I needed a game plan.
It all started with working out. At first, it was hard (and in many ways, complicated) attempting to fit in a workout session into my busy schedule. But then, I reminded myself how much I enjoy a good sweat and that finding the way to make it happen wouldn’t just be something I was doing for my body, but also my mind and soul. And so, I should find a way to do it everyday.
And that way was to schedule 10 minutes of workout time every single day. Everyone can find 10 minutes, right?
There’s an abundance of these short workouts on YouTube — I have a couple of favorites based on my mood and energy levels for the day. Cardio or yoga-based, even a mix of the two. I love it.
I know I’m not going to turn into ripped Super Mom with the regular short routine, but setting aside as little as 10 minutes makes it easy to do at least 6 days a week with one day off. Doing this every day gives me energy and a great sense of accomplishment to run my day smoothly.
When 10-minute workouts was a successful experiment for me, I played around with other things I wanted to do but couldn’t find the time for. One of them was finding the time to write. It was hard to even find a good half an hour, so I broke it down into 10 to 15-minute slots.
And guess what?
I’ve been writing more than ever and even managed to publish my short stories (in Spanish) on Medium!
Again — am I going to be the next Hemingway? I don’t know about that, but what’s more important is that I feel better and happier about myself than before.
So, are you willing to start a 10-minute daily ritual of your own?
Whether you’re a parent or not, we all have our own busy “stuff” to keep up with. It’s the new constant situation for everyone in this day and age. But a simple daily 10-minute ritual can make everyone happier in the long run.
Think of two to three things you would like to ADD in your everyday life. Could be writing, exercising, reading, having a great cup of coffee, house cleaning, answering personal emails, cooking, meditating… Whatever.
Once you’ve figured out what these are, do the following three things:
1. Commit. Because it’s only 10-minutes, really try to do this every day, if not, six days a week. If you feel you might have trouble sticking to it, get a friend to give you a pep talk when you need it. You can also use apps — I use Coach.me. It’s free and very easy to use. You decide what things you want to accomplish during your day and check them off once done.
2. Schedule. Find the time and lock it in your schedule. In my case, I try to do my 10-minute routines in the wee hours while the kids are still sleeping. Night time is hubby time. Identify your own “sweet spots” and set aside some scheduled time to make it happen without interruption.
3. Track. All you need is a good ol’ alarm clock. I usually set about 10 to 15 minutes my phone alarm. In that moment, I’m focussed on doing what I need in that given time.
If many of you out there are like me, you might find it difficult to start a daily ritual.
Your mind could discourage you with thoughts like “There is no point”, “I’ll never find the time”, or even “I’ll skip it today but will make up for it on the weekend with a full hour”.
Don’t listen to that voice, or any voice, and just stick to your gameplan with all your might. You will see progress over time, and get closer and closer to what you what instead of just waiting for the “right time” to do certain things.
And yes, even a 10-minute workout has its payoffs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to lose weight or maintain weight loss, 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary. Studies show that breaking workouts into mini sessions is as effective as continuous workouts. And considering time is one of the biggest reasons people give for not exercising, the mini-sessions make sense.
“The key isn’t really how long the duration or short,” said Tamilee Webb, best known for Buns & Abs of Steel. “It’s the intensity and the consistency.” You can read the full article here.
Considering all this, are you ready to get happy by starting a simple 10-minute daily ritual? If that answer is yes, here are some ideas of what you can do in 10 minutes.
1. Excercise (easy and good cardio):
2. Meditate or Relax:
3. Yoga (love the flow):
4. 10-minute drawing art challenge:
What would you like to commit your 10-minutes to? Share with us below!
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