• Joseph E. Reed

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.


Really cool!


Try it!



Joseph E. Reed


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