E015. Spend 15 minutes a day to improve your life - Sensibly Happy Podcast

How can you improve your life in only 15 minutes a day? This episode will give you the answer, motivation, and a lot of useful ideas to help you achieve success. And foremost, you’ll get the universal technique which is easy to carry out and is powerful in results.

What you’ll discover

  • What is the 15-minute technique and how to use it
  • Things to do for 15 minutes a day
  • Where to find the time to improve yourself daily
  • Extra tips for a better productivity

Quotes, keynotes

  • Do you have that feeling that you should do something, should achieve something, or get to the next level to improve your life? You keep that idea in your mind, but you don’t have time for it! You’re always busy, you have some urgent tasks to do, or you just procrastinate without understanding how to start those changes in your life.
  • How do you feel when postponing important things? Do you blame yourself for not moving forward? Do you compare yourself to others who move faster than you? You shouldn’t blame yourself! All you need is to have proper tools and approaches to start implementing your plans. And one of the best techniques is to dedicate some fixed time on a daily basis. And it looks like 15 minutes a day is a good start. It’s a reasonable number to have noticeable changes in your life and not feel too much pressure.
  • Ask yourself how long you’re going to postpone your plans for self-improvement, and for how long you’ve been doing this already. And then think about the numbers: 15 minutes a day is more than 90 hours per year. That means that spending those 15 minutes of activities today, in one year, you will spend 90 hours for your growth in the direction that you feel is important for you.
  • What is so important in those 15 minutes? Where’s the biggest power hidden? The biggest power is in regular habits. By doing something every day, you make it a habit. And by having such a habit, you need to spend less or no effort to start doing it every time, to start reading, creating, practising…
  • How to choose your first goal to apply that 15 minutes technique? How to choose activities that can improve your life? You probably already know what you should do or what you should achieve. But if you don’t, recall your thoughts about not having time for something very important: what do you postpone all the time? Or what do you feel is the most important thing for you? Your health, relationships, your work… Think about it for a while.
  • If you’re still confused by the question, “What goals should I choose?”, I want to list some ideas that you can choose from, or those ideas can help you make some shift in your priorities. Here’s the list of ideas, different skills, different activities that you could occupy yourself with by dedicating 15 minutes a day: practicing a language, learning something new, exercising, meditation, self-reflection, reading, creating, etc.
  • Where to find those 15 minutes? We know that we are busy, and our day is already planned. So where to allocate those 15 minutes? Actually, there are two approaches: the first of them is to get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning; and the second approach is to allocate those 15 minutes by removing redundant time spending from our life.
  • There’s a one really important thing about having that 15-minute approach in your life – you should be consistent. This is something similar to the situation when you try to get to the top of the hill which is covered with ice. If you keep moving constantly, you’re getting closer. But if you stop for a while, you start sliding down and ruin the previous efforts.
  • How to organize the stability and effectiveness of the 15-minutes technique? First of all, you already know about the resourceful part of the day; each person has its own resourceful part: for someone, it’s morning, for another person, it’s evening or midday. And of course, if the goal you’ve selected is really important for you, it’s really good to use those 15-minute activities in that resourceful time of your day. And it’s a really good approach to have those 15 minutes at the same time every day. Your brain then gets used to it. And right at the beginning of the time it overly sets up for those activities.
  • Should you always work with those 15 minutes, or there is the next level? There is the next level. By having those 15 minutes as a habit makes you feel that it really improves your life. I mean that after some time, after a week, a month or two, you will have some significant results in the sphere that you’ve selected for those 15 minutes. And that brings you joy from the process. And after some period of time, you will be ready to increase the time you want to spend daily on it.
  • You can change the chosen activity at some moment, you don’t need to stick to it for years. But at least you should give it time to see some results. Because most likely those results will not appear in one-two days. And then, if you have those results, you will be more motivated to continue doing this, or you can switch to some other activity.

The task for the next week

  • First of all, decide what you want to accomplish. Write it down and write your motivation. What does it give you? How will those results change your life?
  • The second thing, plan those 15 minutes: In what part of the day would it be? Is it possible to get that time and remove all the distractors? What will you do in those 15 minutes exactly? Are you sure that those activities will approach your goal? And if you’re not sure, please think twice. What will you do in those 15 minutes exactly to get closer to your goal?
  • The next step is to set up a reminder on your smartphone. And please, do not postpone it when it rings.
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