I'm starting to think there's a little magic in ten minutes a day. You'll remember a few weeks ago I was challenged to write for only ten minutes a day. It's made the daunting task of sitting down to tell the whole story much more manageable and fun. I can fit in 10 minutes somewhere in my day to write about what I've learned.
It's been a catalyst for some great habits! Not only have a produced a few more articles than usual, but I'm marking things off my to-do list in training, at home and at work. Here are some examples:
Stretch it Out: I'm not good at stretching after a workout. It's one of those things that may make me a better triathlete if I take to the time to stretch it out. So, I set a timer and stretch for ten minutes. I have a list of ten stretches and I hold each one for thirty seconds to one minute: pilates with forward fold into plank + runner's lunge and half split + pigeon + downward dog + crescent pose + figure four + mermaid.
Laundry: There's a lot of laundry I can fold and put away in ten minutes.
Kitchen Detail: I'm not very good at fixin' dinner in ten minutes, but I can clean up in 10. When I'm dreading the thought of putting ingredients and leftovers in the fridge, washing dishes and stacking plates (incorrectly, according to Ace), I remind myself that it only takes ten minutes. I can do anything for ten minutes.
Work Review: I have three major things to do for my athletes each day: REVIEW + CONNECT + PLAN. I've found that if I spend ten minutes on each task every day, I feel connected and caught up. I can read comments or emails, connect by phone or email or text or Facebook and plan a week or two ahead.
When you Google "ten minutes to..." you'll realize that you can learn a foreign language, organize your attic, improve your marriage, your golf swing or your health and lose weight in ten minutes a day. Of course, it makes a lot of sense. According to author Judy Pollard Smith, ten minutes a day adds up to sixty hours a year. "That's a lot of time to claim or waste," she writes.