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.

It’s time to stop putting off lifelong dreams because you don’t think you have the time they require. Overwhelming tasks do not need to be overwhelming anymore. You can actually make big things happen, in small amounts of time every day.

”Stretches of hours threaten us but minutes are a possibility. It’s a psychological thing. I found that ten minutes leads me onwards.This method makes me feel as if I’m in charge of the task, rather than the task being in charge of me.”
— Judy Pollard Smith, Author
How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time.

How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time.