You may not know it, but 15 minutes can change your life. The power of 15 minutes and what you can accomplish within those 15 minutes is drastically underestimated. If you want to boost your productivity, health and relationships, all you have to do is start with 15 minutes. You will be pleasantly surprised with what you can accomplish. So I ask, who doesn’t have 15 minutes to spare at some point in their day?
Assign 15 minutes to any task that you think is too great or you simply don’t like to do. No more, no less. Dedicate that time to working on that task. Even if it’s sitting in front of a computer screen and brainstorming, you are still making progress by formulating ideas. That’s how I found myself writing this piece, 15 minutes at a time. You will find that your 15 minutes can and usually do turn into 20, 30, 45 minutes to an hour. Unless you set an alarm specifically for 15 minutes, you may get lost in your work and not even realize that you are well beyond the 15 minutes you set and continue to push through.
Why does this happen?
The hardest part about any task is getting started, but once you do get started, you get on a roll, into a rhythm, in the zone, whatever you choose to call it, but you get going. You take action. Think about moving a wheelbarrow from point A to point B. It’s loaded to the max, so moving it is going to require some effort, but it may not be as difficult as you think. Once you’ve struggled to lift up the load and get that initial push, it starts rolling and it gets a little easier and what seemed nearly impossible at first, is getting done and usually with less effort than you thought was necessary.
In my experience, more often than not, the task is not as difficult as I make it out to be in my head. I build it up to be something gigantic that overwhelms me and causes nothing but stress and procrastination. However, if you decide to dedicate only 15 minutes of your time to the task at hand and chip away at it little by little, your productivity will increase while reducing your stress. Anyone is capable of a productive 15 minutes.
Bottom line, allocate 15 minutes in your day to attack whatever it is you know needs work and spend those minutes working on it. You’ll become much more productive, accomplish more and lower your stress level in the process. Whether it’s making that phone call, sending that email, writing that paper you’ve been putting off for a couple of days now, cleaning the bathroom, etc., you will make progress and it all starts with a dedicated 15 minutes.