We all know the feeling of having unchecked boxes on our to-do list. If only we could will these tasks into completing themselves, then we would be happier and have more clarity during our day. I want to place grave emphasis on the weight we feel on our shoulders when our productivity suffers. The first step to becoming more fulfilled is imagining this weight being taken off. Completely. Now forget thinking in numerical steps and forget everything you know about motivation and take 10 seconds to tell yourself what the outcome is. Why on earth are you doing these tasks, and how can you benefit from them? GO!
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Once you have a concrete idea for the purpose of each task, the process to complete them will develop almost automatically.
Now what about those wondrous fifteen minutes I alluded to in the introduction sentence? Fifteen minutes is not much time, right? Wrong. Any and every increment of time has value, and extracting 900 seconds their fullest potential will make your day extremely useful.
1. Try the Scientific Seven Minute Workout. Can you really get a good workout in just seven minutes? According to the New York Times, yes, you can. The Seven Minute Workout is backed by research, and it consists of 12 exercises performed in rapid succession.7-minute scientific workout
Going through all 12 exercises takes only 7 minutes, and all you need is your own body weight and a chair. Follow along with the video below (I tried it; it’s hard, but doable):
2. Meditate. Meditating is easier than you think. Although most people equate meditation with sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop for hours on end, all you need is a comfortable chair, a quiet space, and a few minutes.
Here’s an easy ten minute guided meditation you can follow along with in order to get started:
3. Read a Book for 15 Minutes. Here are some scary statistics:
- Only 14 percent of adults with a grade-school education read literature in 2002.
- 51 percent of the American population never reads a book more than 400 pages long after they complete their formal education.
- The average American watches 32 hours of TV every week.