Got a Goal but No Time? Take the 10 Minute Challenge

January 31, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

j0438870If you have 10 minutes, you can start blooming!

Another Bloom Party yesterday and someone asked, “I have things I want to do with my life, but how can I find the time?” My answer, “If you can find 10 minutes a day, you can start blooming!” Here’s an old article newly revamped about the 10 Minute Challenge…

Ever wanted to write a book, learn to knit or organize your photos? What about your talent for sewing going to waste even though style ideas keep dancing in your head? Why can’t you get to a project, passion or something you’ve been meaning to do for months? Stop procrastinating.  Now’s the time!!

But where to find the time?
When kids have to be chauffeured here and there, your mom needs help recovering from an illness and your job soaks up every ounce of energy, time is precious. But finding time is easier than you think. Just set aside 10 minutes every day and you’ll be on your way to learning the piano, journaling or reading novels for your book club. Chip away at whatever it is you want to do. The secret is to do a little at a time.  Be patient and over time you’ll reach your goal.

Can’t find 10 minutes?
Sure you can. We’re all dealing with the same 24 hours in a day. Think of someone who has a lot on their plate.  Maybe it’s your sister, boss or a world leader you admire.  These people seem to get things accomplished and you can too.  Here’s how:

  • Call in Your Support System – Enlist your significant other, kids, friends and family to help in some way to ease your tasks, chores and to do list. Maybe your son can walk the dog in the morning to afford you those 10 precious minutes. Or switch part of your workout routine to the afternoon - such as tummy crunches or running on the treadmill - and carve out 10 minutes there.

  • Find Your Optimal Time – When are you freshest and energized? For most people, it’s the morning. But you might be a night owl. Whenever you can be most productive, that’s when to use your 10 minutes.

  • Commit and Don’t Cheat – This is an investment in you. Dedicate yourself to a schedule and don’t skip YOUR time.

  • Time It – If your project starts sucking your energy and time you won’t want to come back to it.  Set a timer and at the end of 10 minutes,  STOP.  If you feel 10 minutes are not enough and you can squeeze out 5 or 10 extra minutes…great.  If not, don’t stress. Just keep your time manageable and set limits.

  • Now is the Time because “Someday I’ll May Never Come – Do you know someone who always wanted to do something butgrowyourseedsforsuccess never got the chance? Maybe your mom had dreams she never fulfilled or a friend became ill before she had the chance to do the things she could when she was healthy. Don’t let this happen to you! Find those 10 minutes so you don’t have to say, “If only I had…”, “Why didn’t I?”, or “I wish I could turn back the clock and ….”

Organize: Got a goal but no time? Log in 10 manageable minutes a day and little by little you’ll get closer to your goal.

NOTE: This article originally appeared on and has been re-edited and published.