300 Seconds x 2: 10 Minute Anythings

Do you have a certain area in your life that overwhelms you? I’m talking about a ‘bran muffin’ task–the more you chew, the bigger it gets.

I’ve identified two areas in my life that I can’t seem to control: my inbox and my computer files. It’s not that I don’t save the files on my computer. I just can’t seem to get them into their appropriate folders. And my inbox? I’d rather not talk about it.

I’ve been tackling these two areas lately with something I like to call 10 Minute Anythings. As I go through my day, if I’m ready to begin a large project or task but not quite ready to begin, I do a 10 Minute Anything; I either work for 10 minutes on electronic filing or I spend 10 minutes going through my inbox, and then I get to cross it off of my teux-deux list for the day. They will show up as recurring tasks again tomorrow, but then I’ll get to cross them off again.

The idea behind this concept is that I can do anything for 10 minutes, even the most undesirable chore. And I like to give it 10 minutes rather than 300 seconds because the 10 minutes passes rather quickly and I get to accomplish twice as much. And as I tackle these seemingly impossible tasks for 10 minutes each day, they become more and more manageable.

You should try it right now. Identify your ‘bran muffin’ task and attack it. You have 600 seconds. Go.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay