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?



  1. What great, motivating words here! Bring on the 10 minutes 🙂

  2. Hi Christy–
    Thank you for stopping by! Pleased you found some inspiration.

  3. Great post. I used to have a one hour lunch break. I lived a few blocks from work, so I could walk home. Walking took ten minutes each way, making and eating lunch took about half an hour. That left me with ten minutes of downtime. I found if I used those ten minutes to read, my lunch break felt long and refreshing. If I used it to surf the web, the time was gone in the blink of an eye and I ended up feeling rushed, which impacted the rest of my day.

    Ten minutes can make all the difference. 🙂

  4. Hi Robin–
    What a wonderful way to spend your ten minutes. You make a great point about one activity, reading, stretching those minutes and the other activity making you feel rushed. And the walking is great, too. I think it’s a luxury to be able to walk to and from work.

  5. For me, the key is to be truly present during those 10 minute breaks. If it becomes another “To Do” or my mind is whirling around, it defeats the purpose. I need to consciously slow myself down and actually experience what I’m doing during the break. Taking “mindfulness moments” throughout the day is one of the best gifts I can give myself.

  6. Hi Diane–
    Very wise words! You are absolutely right about not making your break a “To Do” item. You are so smart to take moments throughout the day. That is something I’m working towards.

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