Time management Monday: 5 minute daily habits for personal growth and well-being

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You don’t have to spend large amounts of time to make a big impact on your personal growth and/ or well-being. Just 5 minutes per day really can make large improvements in your personal development, productivity, effectiveness, and/ or emotional state, especially if you do it every day.

Below are some examples of things you can do every day, for just 5 minutes, that will make a big difference for you. If you make these a daily habit, the benefits will add up.

Meditation: Meditation doesn’t have to be time consuming to work. Literally 5 minutes per day has made all the difference for me. I went into details in last Monday’s post on a couple of quick and simple meditation exercises that have made an enormous difference for me. Breathing exercises calm my nervous system and help me relax; focusing on an object and all its details gets me out of my own head for awhile. Read last Monday’s post for more details on quick and effective meditation tips.

Stretching: Here is something else I have discovered that makes a big difference for me. Just 5 minutes of stretching, every day, helps my flexibility and works out those little aches. I used to skip stretching because I felt like I had to do a full-body 20 minute stretch to have any benefits, and I never seemed to have the time to do it properly. But doing a 5 minute stretch involving the major muscle groups every day is much better than never getting around to doing the 20-minute detailed stretching.

Learning and/ or research: If you want to learn more about your career field, side gig, or hobby, want to find new recipes, learn a language, or otherwise expand your horizons, this might be another thing you never get around to doing because you can’t seem to find the time. You don’t need to spend an hour per day to work toward your goals. Just 5 minutes, every day, adds up to big benefits. In five minutes you can read one article; find one recipe; learn new vocabulary or verb conjugations; search a new contact. Doing this every day will have a cumulative effect.

A tip: if you want to learn a language, find an app you like. If you want to read more about a specific topic, save articles as you come across them to read during your designated 5 minutes. Having these on hand is also a great way to fill those moments when you have to wait for something. Being prepared lets you use that time productively instead of wasting time scrolling through your phone.

Make it a daily habit to do your chosen activities for just 5 minutes every day, and you will make definite headway on your goals. Remember, doing a little bit every day will get you there more effectively than never getting around to finding big chunks of time to do a lot at once.

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