What Will You Do With Your Ten Minutes?

When was the last time you did nothing?  Ah-ha.  You can’t remember that far back, can you?  Neither could I.  But one day I realized I’d been on this fast mode for so many years that I didn’t know how to slow down.  But if we’re to write creatively we need that down time.  We need to disconnect and enjoy the moment every once in awhile.  If your life is as hectic as mine, I know how difficult it is to truly take a break and live in the moment.  Taking a break sounds too simple a solution but it is the key to stress reduction and living a fulfilling life.  Try carving out a little time for yourself: for your writing, your imagination, and your well-being.  Just a few moments a day is a good start.  Did you know there are 1,440 minutes in a day?  Take ten for yourself.  Enjoy the sunshine.  Take a quick walk.  Admire a painting.  Or better yet, do nothing.  Just relax and clear your mind.  Since I started this practice I feel much more relaxed and more productive.  I hope you’ll try it.  Once you get into the habit of taking ten minutes off each day you’ll find many benefits.  You’ll gain a revitalized spirit with just a bit more energy for your writing.  In case you need more coaxing, here’s a wonderful poster with 50 great ideas for taking a break.  For a free printable copy of the poster below, visit author Karen Horneffer-Ginter’s Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit website. And here’s a great article, Living In The Moment, that includes tips for making every moment count.  The author suggests we’ll feel more gratitude and enjoyment of life.  I earnestly agree.  What will you do with your ten minutes?

What Will You Do With Your Ten Minutes? by Victoria M. Johnson

What Will You Do With Your Ten Minutes?


Stepping From 2012 Into 2013

I’m looking forward to 2013 and I hope you are, too.  I’m eager to take those steps into a fresh year, starting out with a clean slate.  While I usually have a list ready by the first of the year—call it resolutions, goals, or a To-Do list—this year I’m doing something different. My goal is to have a leaner list of things to be done.  I’m resolving to be less stressed, less over-committed, and more living in the moment. 

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I must admit I don’t know how long this lifestyle will last.  I’ve always been an overachiever.  But the time has come for me to decompress.  How about you?  Are you feeling like you’ll never be caught up or are you feeling frustrated by too much to do?  Allow yourself some time to unwind.  Free your mind of clutter.  Focus on the important things in your life.  That’s what I’m resolving to do. 

I found this great article, Live In The Moment, which gives useful tips for living in the moment and the benefits of living in the moment.  Believe it or not, I think these practices will help us be more productive.  Wishing you and yours a meaningful New Year.  Start the year out right, step from 2012 into 2013 with less stress.