What Can You Do in 10 Minutes?

What can you get done in 10 Minutes?

Right now, my kids are brushing teeth and puttering about in the last few minutes before school, I am stealing away (aside really… they are right behind me!) to post here.

So many times we say “I don’t have time!” Yet what happens when we make a to do list, or set our minds to something? It’s amazing how much we can get done in a short period.

Last evening, while Colin finished fixing the kitchen sink faucet and repairing some woodwork, I completed the following:

  • washed dishes
  • Put kids to bed
  • cleaned and swept the kitchen
  • folded laundry
  • wiped the counters and the tables
  • sorted recycling
  • wrote a short list for today
  • started MORE laundry (motherhood!)
  • sent Colin out to empty the kiddie pool (delegating is OK!)
  • organized the calendar for the week
  • paid bills
  • emailed a friend I missed and hadn’t seen in a while

I did all of that work in an hour. Yes, it’s just “everyday” work, but our ability to get things done every day — even in monotony — shows us what we are capable of in our work life.

Imagine if the thing driving you wasn’t just beating back the filth of the house, but was your life’s passion?

(Of course, that’s after beating back those fears!)

What do you think? What do you get done in 10 minutes?

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Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home.

 

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  3 comments for “What Can You Do in 10 Minutes?

  1. May 31, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I should seriously take ten minutes here and there and write more blog posts. I have become the laziest blogger of all time.

    • May 31, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Amanda, some days (Weeks??) I get blog freeze. Like I get nothing to write. I just want to go on the blog and say BLAH BLAH BLAH! I think it’s like stage fright though I don’t know why.

  2. Ellen Hardy
    May 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Sometimes I amaze myself with how much I can get done in a short amount of time if I’m in “the zone” – but being in “the zone” – well, there’s the rub….

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