When life becomes particularly challenging and incredibly busy, I have found that managing time in 15-minute increments is an extremely valuable and beneficial practice, and I’d like to encourage you to give it a try to see if you can reap similar rewards.
The last few months have been particularly trying, in terms of workload and managing the drama created by others. The road ahead appears just as busy, and for that, of course, I am grateful. Yet, it is difficult finding the 2 hours a day (minimum) required for my MBA studies, dedicating the time to my wonderful coaching clients, writing my first book, Actualise Life, and putting together workshops with my partner from Vancouver, and launching a business, with a few more in the pipeline. And these, of course, all need to be done whilst still living a life.
So, how can it be done?
The option that I would have opted for in the past would have been to work 16 hour days, 7 days a week. The problem, of course, is that this practice is only effective for a few days, and then the mind and body become increasingly ineffective due to exhaustion.
I have discovered a better solution, and that is to make every 15 minutes count. I have found that there are many times in my day where I have 15 minutes spare. Perhaps I have 15 minutes between meetings, or 15 minutes before a phone call, or 15 minutes that I’m not 100% sure what I want to be achieving. I’ve started to use these gems to achieve things that I ordinarily would not have, simply by focusing on what can be achieved in as little as 15 minutes. You’ll be quite surprised!
I also use this practice proactively for my studies and work. From a study perspective, I target what material I’d like to cover in the next 15 minutes. In work, I focus on what I’d like to achieve in the next 15 minutes. I have found that my efficiency has tripled since I adopted this approach, most likely because this practice forces focus and it demands attention. You cannot achieve much in 15 minutes (or in life perhaps) if your attention is scattered and you have no idea what your intended outcome is.
I’d invite you to give ‘15-minute increments’ a try. You may find it extremely beneficial and helpful, just as I have.
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