What Can You Accomplish in 10 Minutes? (A Lot.)
According to Ryan, we tend to be equally overambitious when setting professional goals.
And just as a fitness regimen has better staying power with gradual integration—20 minutes of cardio or jogging around the block, to start—we can improve our business by setting aside 10 goal-oriented minutes each day.
He suggests using that time in ways like these:
- Do something unpleasant. Tackle whatever you've been avoiding for the last few days or months—whether resolved in one 10-minute session or several, you've dealt with something that was taking energy not to deal with.
- Make two phone calls, or send two emails. With very little effort, you will add around 440 personal touch points each year. "And a lot of good things will come from 440 more personal touch points," he notes.
- Contact an important person. Use your 10 minutes to initiate a relationship with someone who is in a position to help you. The most personal approach is by phone or email—but an introduction through LinkedIn can also be effective.
The Po!nt: Make big professional gains with a steady stream of small, easily achievable goals.
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