One of my New Year's promises is to start documenting when I have really good blog post ideas and/or inspirations; I am always reading articles or hearing about great things, but I never write them down... so I forget. Well, as the first of one of my "magazine inspirations", I read the editor's letter in my latest issue of Self Magazine and Lucy Danziger talked about making a 10 minute resolution.
What are 10 minute resolutions?
Instead of going crazy creating this ginormous resolution that is supposed to carry you through the entire year (oh, and keep you motivated too!), she suggested that we make resolutions in the next 10 minutes of the day. For example:
Create a stellar blog post.
Workout to your fullest potential for the last 10 minutes of your circuit at the gym.
Plan your meals for the entire week and create a grocery list.
Make a to-do list at work for the day.
Drink 8oz of water before breakfast.
Get up on time for the gym.
Call your best friend who you haven't talked to in weeks.
Finish the last page in your graduate paper that is due tomorrow.
Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for before you go to sleep.
Once you complete the mini-resolution you create another one, and keep repeating these mini-resolutions until you reach your ultimate resolution/goal. Every minute that you spend working towards your ultimate resolution counts and since you are making mini-resolutions, it is much easier to stay motivated.
When I read this editor's letter, I looked at the 10 minute resolutions as creating the steps to success. Sometimes we know where we want to end up, but we have no idea how to get there. Creating these mini-resolutions (sometimes without even creating the larger resolution) will help you get to where you want to be. Naturally, the resolutions will be positive and help you improve your life in little ways; and every little way added up can turn into the BIG way that you are looking to improve your life.
What would be your 10 minute resolution right now?