Ten Minutes a Day

Last week’s post included an excerpt about priorities.  While writing that post I thought about how often I’ve heard people say “I’m so busy”, “if only I had more time”, “if only I had more energy”, “if only I had X, Y or Z”.  I got to thinking about how making radical change is not about locking yourself in a room for 24 hours to get stronger, smarter, funnier, skinnier, and anything else “er” you’re trying to become.  Instead success looks a lot like hard work by way of consistent effort which manifests itself in achievement over long periods of time.

What if I told you you could have 60 hours to spend on something you find interesting this year (or 600 hours in the next decade)?  Surely you could learn a great deal in 60 hours about something – you may even become an expert at something 600 hours over the next number of years.  All you need is ten minutes a day.  Starting today do something that piques your interest for just ten minutes.  Put your phone down, turn the TV off, and spend a measly ten minutes. It could literally be anything – picking up a good book, sitting down for a ten minute interrupted chat with your spouse, learning a few words of a new language, ten minutes of push-ups, meditating for ten minutes, brainstorming ideas for your next business, making a few short phone calls to friends.

The key is to completely unplug for ten minutes and dedicate it to a concentrated task.  In no time at all you’ll either begin spending more time on that particular task or switch to something else that piques your interest.  Consistency of the act, not the subject of the act, is key.  I think you’ll find a whole lot of things out there you’ve been missing and will find a new craft, a strengthened relationship, better health, or many other things in the process.

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One brick at a time

Otterbox Commuter Series iPhone Case

I have gone through a number of cases over the years of iPhones.  This one is by far the best case I’ve ever had.  I know you’re thinking of the typical Otterbox case that is waterproof and the size of a 1986 boombox.  This is a different case – it is still very protective from drops but it is very slim.  I would highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a new case.  Otterbox has a bunch of different models for different phones on their website.

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Otterbox Commuter Series

Sitting Effects

This is an eye opening graphic of what happens to our body when we sit for prolonged periods of time.  This likely falls under the “yeah, no shit” category (along with we should exercise and eat vegetables every day) but I thought I’d pass it along to all of you as I found the damage we can potentially do to our bodies by sitting all day pretty remarkable.  This Mayo Clinic doctor even claims sitting is the new smoking and claims “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”  There you have it, get up and get moving!

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