What would you do with 15 minutes?

If someone gave you 15 minutes of uninterrupted “you-time”, what would you do with it?  How long do you spend each day reflecting on the previous day, week or month?  How often do you take the time to think about whether what you’re up to these days is actually what you want to be doing?

Whether you are a workerbee or working for yourself, very few of us take the time to check in with ourselves in the day.  We think we’re too busy, we couldn’t possibly find the time.  But 15 minutes – that’s not very long.  Surely we could find 15 minutes out of 24 hours?  And though it’s not long enough to get in the way of the rest of your day, it might well be long enough to do some proper thinking.  Or to just be still.  Or in fact to get up out of your chair and walk around, or go outside.  Just 15 minutes every day would add up to over 90 hours of deep thinking a year.  Bet you could dream up some cool stuff in 90 hours.

Of course you could schedule in your 15 minutes and set a timer on your phone.  But would you?  I have a reminder that goes off every day at 7am reminding me to take the time to meditate, and yet I’ve done it only once in 3 months.  Partly this is to do with mindset – I don’t think I have let myself truly value the act of meditation yet, so I don’t prioritise it.  But also, once I’ve dismissed the notification on my phone, I just forget about it.

If you’re like me and need a more visual reminder, how about this sitting on your office shelf?  Thought-provoking and pretty, what a great combination.

15 minute timer / The School of Life

15 minute timer / The School of Life

The 15 minute timer is available from The School of Life for £20, as part of their Tools for Thinking range.

What you would do with that 15 minutes every day?



Resolving to be Carefree and Other Oxymorons

January resolutions chart

For me, January 2014 is all about building habits and integrating them into my life before I become consumed by my next project. I want to be on my way to having good, helpful, healthful framework in place so that when the craziness comes again I’ll be ready for it. The mental image I have is of a lattice of steel girders (the framework) being engulfed by a stream of liquid concrete (the project), which is being pumped in at a continuous and unrelenting rate (no doubt I owe this imagery to residual trauma from having advised clients in the construction industry for most of 2013 — or maybe I’ve just watched too many episodes of Grand Designs).

To build the framework I came up with a list of 54 resolutions for the New Year. Continue reading