What difference could 15 minutes make to your day, your week or your month? It’s been said that the first 15 mins of any day determines the quality of the rest of that day. If it’s frantic and messy with no routine and no structure, one may assume with confidence that’s how the rest of your day will end up.
When investigating the morning rituals or routines of the successful people in any endeavour, they have traditionally built a routine around waking up and getting into the day. Whether it be gratitude journalling, recording ideas, reading inspirational quotes, doing yoga, pilates, stretching, walking the dog, running, swimming or having a cup of tea while reading a magazine, that first 15 minutes sets up the tone for your day.
So how you do you make 15 minutes work for you? Make sure the first 15 minutes of your day has a routine, a ritual that best represents the rest of your day. Create, dream, ponder, engage with nature, read, whatever it may be, but think about and plan your first 15 minutes of the day the night prior.
15 mintues is also extremely valuable throughout the rest of your day. Get to your meetings 15 minutes early and use that time to sit, ponder, preapare and visualise the outcome. Don’t spend that 15 minutes checking your status or scrolling through social media. If you’re going to the gym, get there 15 minutes early, fill your water bottle, stretch and organise your session. If you’re going to a meeting, arrive 15 minutes early and go over the agenda and the outcomes you want so that you maximise your time.
15 minutes can make a massive difference so your day, your week, your month – if you learn to use it wisely.
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