Ten minutes a day, every day.

I keep hearing advice that I can accomplish so many things in just ten minutes per day.

“Just ten minutes a day to a better body.”

“It only takes ten minutes a day to declutter your life.”

“Write for ten minutes a day to finally finish that book.”

At the heart of it, this advice is not wrong. The key, though, is that you need to do the thing for ten minutes a day, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I’ve been trying to form a better writing habit, and have hit a few small roadblocks:

Aside: I love that this photo was taken by someone named Jamie Street.
  • Once I’m at the computer it’s not hard to write for ten minutes, but getting myself to sit in front of the computer can sometimes be a real struggle. I’m trying to combat this by scheduling the ten minutes at a time when I don’t have any other priorities, so there’s no excuse.
  • Ten minutes per day is not the way to see quick results. And it’s so easy to get discouraged when the results aren’t obvious. My advice to myself has been to just keep at it. Be patient. Build the momentum. Keep aiming for the ten, and sometimes I might find more time.
  • Also, ten minutes per day on one thing is relatively easy to find. Ten minutes per day for each of the things is much more daunting. A writing habit would be great, but so would an exercise habit, or a decluttering habit. I’ve discovered that I have to focus on one first or else I get scattered. I decided the writing habit is most important to me right now. Once I have that down, maybe I can add another ten minute per day goal.

How about you? Have you tried to form a habit by doing something for ten minutes a day? How’s it working out for you? Let me know in the comments.

Happy writing!

Photo of stopwatch by Agê Barros on Unsplash
Photo of road signs by Jamie Street on Unsplash

5 thoughts on “Ten minutes a day, every day.

  1. I try and pause to “look at the view” everyday. Thanks to your article, I will be extensing it to at least ten minutes. Thank you Jae. ❤️

      1. Extending…not extensing. Maybe extensing could be me singing for longer periods while enjoying the view. LOL

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