When it comes to time, most people are used to breaking their lives down into hours, days, weeks and so on. So, ten minutes doesn’t really seem like a big deal, unless you’re behind on a deadline, or your train is running late. If you have ten minutes to spare, you probably try to think of something to while away the time until you can move on to the next activity, appointment, or meeting.
However, in just ten minutes, you can improve yourself. And although it might seem that you couldn’t possibly make a great change in such a short amount of time, if you keep adding these ten-minute increments up, you’ll soon find you’ve made significant progress instead of just wasting scraps of time every day. So, here’s how you can make the most out of every minute of the day and use your spare time productively for self-improvement.
The 50/10 Rule
The 50/10 rule is quite simple to follow. Basically, it means that you concentrate on your work or the task at hand for 50 continuous minutes. When the 50 minutes are up, you take a 10-minute break. This will give your time to recharge so that you’re fired up for the next 50 minutes. How you spend that 10 minutes is entirely up to you, but you must be ready to get back on task once it has passed. Here are some ideas you can use for your 10-minute break.
Positive thinking is very beneficial for the mind and body. It can calm your emotional state and remind you of the good things in your life. Use 10 minutes to think about all the things in your life that you are grateful for and all the wonderful people you have in your life. You’ll soon find that your mood is improved, and your mental clarity is restored.
Learn a New Language
Imagine if you spent 10 minutes every day learning a new language. Within twelve months you could become quite fluent. This is known as microlearning and has been shown to be a very effective way of learning a new subject. There are a number of language apps out there which can help you in your endeavors.
Boost Your Vocabulary
Having an extensive vocabulary doesn’t just help you look smart, it also helps you communicate more clearly by enabling you to choose carefully between words when you’re trying to express yourself. Improving your language skills can play an important role in developing greater communication skills. It can also be fun.
Take a Power Nap
Instead of chugging coffee or energy drinks, use your 10 minutes to take a power nap. A short nap can temporarily boost your brain alertness and help you focus better for the next 50 minutes. Power naps can also elevate your mood, improve your creative problem-solving abilities and they’re good for managing your stress levels, blood pressure, and heart health.
Get Some Fresh Air
Go outside and breathe in some fresh air for 10 minutes. Take a good look around you and try to notice things you haven’t before. A brief walk can alleviate stiffness and get your circulation going, especially if you spend most of your day sitting at a desk. A 10-minute break outside will also give you a chance to up your vitamin D from the sunlight without doing harm to your skin.
Take a Stumble
In case you’ve never heard of it before, StumbleUpon is a website which takes you to random web pages. When you’ve got 10 minutes to spare and can’t think of anything else to do, it’s a great way to come across new topics or information. Stumbling can expose you to new ideas, hobbies, and fun things to do.
Keep a Journal
Whether you decide to keep a hand-written journal or keep one on your computer, journaling is a good way to spend the last 10 minutes before you go to sleep. It’s a great way to sum up your day and put all the events to rest before you go to sleep. Keep it accurate and honest. It’s always fun to look back over your journals in years to come and remember all those events you thought you had forgotten.
See how much you can make out of ten minutes of spare time and the benefits it can have on your mental, physical, and emotional health? Follow the 50/10 rule throughout your day, and you may soon find that you are becoming more accomplished than ever before. Not to mention, the satisfaction you’ll feel from making the most of every minute of your day.