What Can You Do With 15 Minutes?
Time management is overrated. Actually, time management is a misnomer. Time cannot be managed. It is a constant.
It’s you and I that need to be managed. We’ve all been given the same amount of time each day; yet, none of us know how many days “of that same amount of time each day” we have.
The idea of time management can be boiled down to this: I need to manage myself well, so that I use the gift of time I’ve been given for its greatest good.
One way to manage ourselves well is to start by taking a picture of your life in 15 minute increments.
You don’t want to do that every day. That would be tedious and unproductive. But you could take 15 minutes and sketch out your day and see how you use your time in each of the four quarters of an hour.
It’s usually surprising to find how much of that time is unaccounted for or ill-used.
Here’s some ideas:
If you wrote for 15 minutes a day for a week, you’d be between 500-1000 words closer to your writing goal. In 52 weeks, you’d have between 26,000 and 52,000 words. That’s a book.
If you took 15 minutes and drafted a priority list, you might take the stress of trying to remember everything off your plate and help you be more productive.
You could read the Bible in a year by reading for just 15 minutes a day.
The late Harvard president, Charles Eliot, showed students they could get a liberal arts education by reading from a 5-foot shelf for 15 minutes a day.
A 15-minute cat nap in the early afternoon gives me the recharge I need to stay productive on long days.
I wrote this blog post in about 15 minutes (a little longer because I spilled my tea and had to stop and clean it up).
What good thing can you do with 15 minutes?
About Scott Postma
Scott lives in North Idaho collecting more books than he'll ever read in a lifetime. He helps people cultivate their capacity to perceive and appreciate the good, the true, and the beautiful by sharing rich insights into the arts and humanities, meaningful perspective on faith and culture, and valuable tips on writing and teaching. You can subscribe to the tribe and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.