15 minutes a day

 

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Morning rituals. Habit trackers. 10,000 hours. 21 days. Lifehacks. The Four Habits.

There’s so much advice out there for how to create new habits that help you achieve your goals.  I’ve considered many of them, and they just haven’t worked.

They haven’t worked because the chunk of time required seemed out of reach.  I’m a business owner and mom of two young children!  I don’t have a lot of open spaces in my day, and when I do (usually at the end of a full day) I often choose sleep or cuddling on the couch with my wife and the remote.

A lack of perceived time is a convenient excuse, and one I’ve leaned on a lot in recent years.

But the fact of the matter is, the time and space for achieving my goals is already there. I just haven’t been taking advantage of them.

It’s all too easy for me to spend 15 minutes in between activities scrolling through Instagram, checking my email, or browsing Pinterest.  At the end of the day I often wonder where I the time went. But it was there, hiding in those 15 minute increments.

At the end of almost every day I wished I had gone for a walk or done some writing.  I spent more time consuming content than creating it.

So, instead of wishing for it, I’m making myself do it.  15 minutes a day, first thing.

I’m sitting down at the laptop and writing whatever comes out of my head, for 15 minutes every morning.

Here’s what I’m doing:

  • committing to writing 15 minutes a day.
  • writing directly into a Google Doc so I can add to it or access it from anywhere.
  • setting a timer on my phone and making myself write until the time is up.  And sometimes I keep writing beyond the 15 minutes!  (high fives self)

It has been a beautiful practice.  A simple practice. And I feel so good about spending some time on an activity that I have been longing to make space for.

I don’t know where it’s going, and I’m not worried about that. The whole point is to begin. To not censor myself or edit as I go, or think about the content’s usefulness in my life or business. Just writing for the sake of writing. And it feels so good.

The more I commit to one 15 minute habit, the more space I’m seeing in my day for other habits.  The thrill of this practice has me thinking of the other things I’ve been longing to do. Those things that repeatedly tug at my attention, whispering You should do this…

I think meditation is next, probably at the end of my day.

What’s one thing you could do for 15 minutes a day? Let me know in the comments below!

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7 thoughts on “15 minutes a day

  1. I love this advice! I too find that mornings are my most productive time and so if I start it well instead of mindlessly looking through my phone the day goes so much better and I feel great that I got something done. My morning ritual is the 7 Minute Workout. If I’m feeling really good I’ll do it twice for 15 minutes. It helps me get a good heart rate up and focuses me for the other tasks I need to accomplish.

  2. I start my day tickling mom’s toes each morning, as she is snuggled in her cozy bed … She sleeps in an extra hour and a half, after I get up. I use this time to send Karen a daily inspirational quote and image … Feed and cuddle my dogs and cat … Have my coffee, check social media and catch up on the games I play, daily, with friends and family! My time to get centered for the daily tasks kick in! 💞

  3. This is lovely. And so true! I should start doing this daily, but I’ve started a weekly habit of writing a real, honest to god letter to someone in long-hand, putting it in a stamped and addressed envelope, and sending it. So far I’m three for three on responses too!

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