10-Minute Activities That Can Change Your Life for the Better
I tried being aware every time I use my social media account these days and to my surprise, I have discovered that I spent almost an hour or two, sometimes more than that, just by looking at other people’s lives when I should be doing something for my life.
1. Plan (and execute)
Setting up priorities has been one of the most helpful tool that I can think of in order to be productive. Name one thing that you want to really accomplish today, whether it is for your upcoming project, or an errand that you have been putting off lately. This is more effective if you do it the night before, so you will not waste your time thinking about it early in the morning and you can start your day with that goal in mind.
NOTE: It will be better to set a specific goal, then disintegrate it and make a bullet list so you will not feel overwhelmed. Moreover, remember that planning comes with execution, without it, we will not be able to accomplish anything.
Meditating has been my go-to whenever I feel stress. It helps me stay calm and clear my mind of the things that makes it really cloudy. Meditation helps me focus on the things that I need to do now and other than that, doing it makes me feel in control of my thoughts and emotions. I guarantee that doing it consistently will result to a better body and mind.
What’s more good about meditating? We can do it almost anywhere, as long as it’s a quiet place where there is no noise or at least minimal noise. You can do it for 5 minutes or even 3 minutes. The main thing that you need to do is close your eyes, be comfortable, breathe in and out, be mindful of your body, focus on your breathing and how your muscles move and just focus in the moment. There are good apps that we can use for guided meditation as well, if it feels impossible to start. What I recommend are “Breathe” or “Headspace”.
3. Practice Gratitude.
When I started being grateful for the things that I have, I’ve noticed that I don’t get (too) envious anymore with other people’s possessions or lives. I’ve learned how to appreciate what’s in front of me just by identifying them. I’ve also felt happier when I started doing this exercise.
So what we only need to do is get our notebook and pen, and list 3-5 things that we are grateful for. The challenge? We should think of something new to be thankful for every single day.
You’ll be surprised that you already have what you needed and it’s more than enough.
If you are not the writing-type of person, you can do it using your notes in your phone. Just commit to it, enjoy the process of being grateful and you’ll notice a difference.
I know that writing can feel so overwhelming for most of us. Because usually, we think that writing demands a topic or a flow. However, I found out that there is this thing called “Stream of Consciousness Writing” where you just put on the paper whatever that comes to your mind.
I encourage you to try this, you don’t need to write it with perfect grammar. Don’t worry about the flow or what you will write and just let your mind do it.
When every one is so busy dealing with their own crap, writing can be your best friend. No judgements plus no need to worry about your secrets being revealed.
5. Find Inspiration.
Listening to or reading some daily inspiration for 10 minutes can make you feel a whole lot better.
When I find it hard to do something, I just plug my earphones, go to podcast and listen to one episode of Optimal Living Daily.
There’s a lot of influencers out there that provide resources where we will be able to hear or read their inspiring messages and true to life experiences.
You can read blogs, listen to podcast, watch them from Youtube or just find a book and read it for 10 minutes a day. Believe me that those 10 minutes will be worth it.
Just remember that we could be who we wanted to be by taking small steps. Everything is possible, if we start believing in ourselves and also start taking action. Every plan requires an execution.