I often hear this piece of advice suggesting to take only 5 minutes each day to learn an important skill. Sounds easy, right?
– If we want to learn a language, just spend 5 minutes a day repeating words in that language.
– If we want to be confident, just do 5 minutes of affirmations (such as “I am smart / successful / beautiful / loved”).
– If we want to be organized, just do 5 minutes of goal setting.
– If we want to be mindful, just do 5 minutes of meditation.
– At school they will tell you to dedicate 5 minutes to doing homework.
– At work, it will be 5 minutes for career development.
– At a gym, they will suggest us to do 5 minutes of exercise.
All in all, we can start to see issue here. There are many things that need our time. If everything demands just 5 minutes of our time, all activities together can stack up and become hours of work. Indeed:
– It takes few minutes to prepare for 5 minutes of activity.
– When we start doing an activity it usually takes more that 5 minutes to do that activity.
This is to say that at best we can do so few 5 minute activities per day. We have to be selective and mindful of which activities are more important. For that we could talk about goal setting, time management, and organizational skills, but thats for a different discussion.
For today, I am writing this post as a self reflection about what 5 minutes do I want to dedicate everyday and why. Specifically, I want to look at many different areas of my life and see what is the most important. Some of these areas are:
– Languages – I already know 8 languages, to a different level of mastery and I keep languages more as a hobby so for now I won’t build on it.
– Money – I have several projects, such as my book and I am trying to build my online business, specifically the passive income. Here 5 minutes per day would help me to keep me on track and to see where my priorities are. A book “The one thing” by Gary W. Keller comes to mind. Specifically, I need to know and remind myself what the most important task is. I definitely have to get some work done, so this is a priority for me.
– Social skills – As a social creature, I want to spend time with friends, family, love partners, coworkers, and strangers. To this end, knowing myself, I need few minutes each day to talk to people. Either that or to schedule some go out sessions. Easily said for me it is right now not a priority. Only after major days when something big happens, I like to take 5 minutes to review the day. I want to see what I can learn from that day and from interactions.
– Healthy – I am naturally eating well and exercising, putting more that 5 minutes per day into this area of life, so I don’t need to do more work in this area of life.
– Goal setting – On regular basis I need to see what I am doing and why. “10 times measure, 1 time cut” as an expression goes. Thus, I find a lot of value in this area of life.
– Meditation – It is a relatively new area of my life, but I which I want to get better at and dedicate more time, but I find that I naturally take time to meditate, when I have space. This is therefore not a priority.
– Confidence – Affirmations would go far in my life. I’d say the two most powerful affirmations would be “I am enough” and “I am just great!”. A constant reminder is necessary in my life, but I feel 50/50 about this need, so perhaps it is not a priority.
– Education – There is a lot of good information out there. I need to go over it on regular basis. Need to find more time to do it naturally. The best time for me to do it is during my traveling hours. I just need to do it with more consistency.
– Self-knowledge – If you know me, I make lists of everything, including who I am. I therefore need to review me on regular basis. The benefit comes from wisdom from book “The art of war” by Sun Tzu where he says that to win every battle we need to know ourselves and the enemy. If we know only ourselves or the enemy we win only half of the battles”. If we know neither ourselves nor the enemy, we will lose every battle. As such self-reflection would contribute to winning. Perhaps, it is not a 5 minute activity though, but one-off that we need to do on regular basis.
– C-level activities – That is all the small stuff which is not urgent, but should nonetheless be done.
Overall, I believe that I need to spend 5 minutes a day looking at my goals, specially for that day, week, year, and lifetime. Also, I need to think more about money, as it is the part I am working most right now. The rest should be secondary and therefore I occasionally will look at it. It is decided.