In the real world, your work day may be eight, 10 or 12 hours long, with much of that time being spent on what most people don’t see – let alone acknowledge.
Even when we can’t shift the work, there are some things we can shift: a shift of our mindset, a shift of our attitude, a shift of our perspective.
One of these shifts could lead to a dramatic difference in how long your ‘real’ workday seems, how you interact with your students, colleagues and your family, and how you decompress after a tough day.
But how can we find any more time in our day when we hardly have time to go to the bathroom?
While it may be hard to find an hour here or there, all of us can find a few minutes. In fact, when we have those few minutes, we often let them go to waste because we figure it’s not enough time to do ‘anything.’
Wrong! With some purposeful thinking and advanced planning, we can make great use of those few minutes instead of letting them go to waste.
Three minutes is more than enough time to shift your thinking, shift your mood, and shift you into a better state of being. The next time you have a few minutes to spare, whether at work or at home, set a purposeful intention to make good use of your time.
Consider employing one of these ideas and notice the shift that occurs within you:
Give someone you love a seriously, awesome hug. Be the last to let go.
Play a favourite song and dance in the kitchen.
Do a self-massage – rub your temples, scalp or acupressure points.
Google a random quote for the day, post it, and contemplate how it fits into your day.
Stretch – do some neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, reach for the trees and go for your toes!
Do a few push ups, sits ups or lunges – you may be pooped before three minutes are up! Energy begets energy.
Rub lotion into your hands (or feet) long and leisurely – enjoy it!
Pick up the phone and give someone a quick call to say, ‘Love ya!’
Clean out one drawer then admire your effort!
Spend time with your pet – brush him or give him a belly rub.
Think about how you can do your job (counselor, parent, partner) better.
Teach a team member who is struggling – share a story of your mistakes and what you learned from them.
Make a human connection and an impression – with the janitor, the office clerk, the parent volunteer.
Check it over – the plan, the proper pronunciation of the parent’s name, the time for a scheduled event – validate and be certain.
Strategize with colleagues, family or friends to grow this list!
As you purposefully set out to shift your mindset by employing some of these ideas or some of your own, you will find you come out of the three minutes in a higher state than you went into it with.
Congratulate yourself for caring enough to try. Eventually, this will become second nature and your wasted minutes will be replaced with attitude shifting activities. Email me with your three minutes ideas!
Life is short, time is precious, make the most out of it, even in just three minutes!