Take TenTM-Improve your life ten minutes at a time!
“The key to success whether you are trying to lose weight, break a bad habit or save money on your grocery bill is to consistently apply small changes over time.”
p. 27 Save More, Clip Less
One way I incorporate this principle of small changes over time is to choose a weekly project to work on ten minutes a day. Knowing it’s only ten minutes helps me to get started–even if the project seems overwhelming at first. Working on the goal daily helps me to develop discipline (hate the word, love the effects!).
If you read last week’s post, then you know that I planned to organize and backup the photos on my computer. I only worked on that project for five minutes this week, but then spent sometime this weekend finishing it.
I was also able to clean out some of my kitchen cabinets so I have a nice little pile of items to take to the Good Will store.
Remember the NOW, 10 MIN A DAY and FILE folders (read more here)? This week I’ll be spending ten minutes a day on some leftover items items in the 10 MIN A DAY folder that I never took care of (oops!).
Would you like to join me in a ten minute a day project this week?
Choose an area you want to change or a project you have procrastinated on starting. When you decide what your Take TenTM project will be, you can leave a comment on this post to let us know what you’re planning–the more the merrier!
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Wendy Boyd says
I’m not even sure how I found your site, maybe thru Pinterest, but I’m so thankful I did. You have the most wonderful & helpful posts that inspire me to get off my “duff” and get things done 🙂 I’m going to try the 10 minute plan this week. I’m a single mom of 2 teenage girls and they have had items they’ve wanted to sell on Craigslist/Ebay for quite some time. I think I’ll take 10 minutes a day listing those for them….They grow out of (and tired of) things SO fast, and of course, you can NEVER wear the same prom dress as your sister did (buhwahhha)! Thanks again & have a terrific Monday!
I am so glad you’re here Wendy!
I’m ashamed to say that my 10 minute a day project is getting the master bathroom cleaned thoroughly this week. I won’t even say how long it’s been since I’ve given it a good cleaning. Yesterday I cleaned the sink and counter. I still need to sweep, mop, clean the toilet and clean the tub. I hate cleaning bathrooms so it’s at the bottom of the totem pole of things to get done. I keep the front bathroom cleaned because people use it when they come over but no one but me and hubby use the master bathroom so I let that slide longer than I should. This week it will be completely cleaned by the end of the week! (And de-cluttered of all the extra half-used bottles of product that we don’t like anymore).
Oh my goodness Stephanie–I am so with you. I absolutely HATE to clean the bathrooms. Good job for taking that on. 🙂
I have just starting to read your blog Kimberlee and truly love it! What an amazing witness you are! I am going to join you in spending 10 minutes a day to back up my digital pictures. Thanks for the encouragement!
There are lots of great ideas in this post. Thank you for sharing them. I really needed the reminder that I can take 10 or 15 minutes a day and work on a project instead of overwhelming myself with the entire task at one time. My 10 minute a day project that I’m going to start tomorrow is taking care of all the bins I have on the bed in the guest room. They are shoe box size bins that I have paperwork in. I need to go through them (they are basically already organized), label the bins and put them away. It will be a much easier project if I just have to put 10 minutes a day into it. Thanks for the reminder to take baby steps instead of trying to long jump. 😉
You are so welcome Samantha. You can do it! 🙂