Last time in our series on time management, we talked about finding our priorities from the inside out. I want to remind you to honor yourself by doing the things you really want to be doing. Stay true to yourself. Even if in the beginning you’re doing one simple thing for yourself per day, that’s one more than you would be doing otherwise.
That number can grow. It could become three and three could become five. Soon you could be spending your full day doing what you want to do. What a magnificent idea!!
That’s how things expand—one step at a time. Today I want to dive deeper into this idea of baby steps. (If you want a refresher on baby steps, this is the post I wrote on the Fly Lady’s brilliant model.) The essence of a baby step is that you’re breaking down something big into something bite-sized—in this case, a very digestible 15-minute chunk of time.
You may not think 15 minutes is enough time to accomplish anything, but you’ll be amazed at what happens when you try it out. Let’s say you’re an author. If you wrote for 15 minutes every day, how many pages could you have written by the end of the week? The results are astounding.
"You may not think 15 minutes is enough #time to accomplish anything, but you’ll be amazed."
Consciously spending 15 minutes each day on something becomes the foundation for a brand-new habit. As entrepreneurs, things are constantly growing and expanding around us. It’s almost like stars bursting forward from different spots in space!! It’s hard to keep up with. I know I have to reign myself in. Habits allow me to do this without too much extra effort.
"Consciously spending 15 minutes each day on something becomes the foundation for a brand-new #habit."
Meditation is a crucial habit for me. So is sleep. That’s why I make sure that those priorities are met. If I got in my meditation and I’ve had a great night of sleep, I’m happy to be of service to you. (If I haven’t meditated or I haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep, I’m not much good to anyone, I’m afraid. Except the comfy chair I inevitably crash in for a cat nap.) I also have to ensure I’m feeding myself with nutritious food. These are my fundamental building blocks, and supporting them means that I am better equipped to build smaller habits too.
So take 15 minutes today and start building a habit that is in alignment with your true self. You might even like it so much you increase it to 20!
"Take 15 minutes today and start building a #habit that is in alignment with your true self."
In the comments below, please let me know what I can do to serve you. Is there a topic you’d like to see me write about? An area of time management you’d like more clarity on? I’d love for you to tell me. I’m present, and I’m listening.