Just 10 Minutes
Just 10 minutes
I have been developing a useful habit.
One I should use more often.
I have chosen to limit my tasks to activities that can be done in a short, defined amount of time.
My go to time limit is 10 minutes.
I just used this method this morning.
I'm reading a great book by Chris Voss.
I've had the book on my shelf for at least a year. Usually sitting in a prominent "read me" place.
At one point I actually did give it a read. But that was rushed and superficial.
(I actually used my 10 minute timer to do that, so I consider it a success).
I needed to go more in depth. But I felt like I didn't have time.
I needed to make time.
So, once again I brought out the 10 minute timer. But this time, my goal wasn't to accomplish a goal (finish reading the book). This time I wanted to work on building the habit of reading regularly.
I set my timer for 10 minutes and I start reading.
Wow! I get so into the book. I feel like I have all the time in the world to go as deep as I want into the text. I'm engaged. I'm unrushed. I'm learning a lot!
How did this happen?
Some shift of mindset I suppose.
Whatever it is, it works!
I use my 10 minute timer to get me started. Then I trust it to let me know when to stop. (And it always does!)
And often I get into a flow state, too.
Joseph E. Reed