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January 26, 2011

The Power of 15 Minutes

Ever wondered how 15 minutes can turn into two weeks? Brenda Haines shares how in this post …

Brenda Haines | Strategy Development15 minutes. Every day. Over the course of a year, that equates to more than two weeks. It’s 2.2 weeks, to be exact.

If you think about it, 15 minutes is the time equivalent of pocket change. It’s something we find in the couch cushions or under the floormats. Its location isn’t quite as apparent, because we might spend the time flipping channels, waiting in lines, mindlessly surfing, sitting in traffic or even looking for something to do when we’re bored.

Now, imagine if you could spend those 15 minutes learning a new skill or deepening your knowledge in a certain area. Load a podcast, so you can listen while you drive. Bookmark a link that you can read while waiting in line. Pick up a magazine that you can flip through while watching TV.

If you spend 15 minutes every day this year focusing on this new skill or knowledge, you will have devoted more than 2 weeks to it by the time the ball drops next year. That’s the equivalent of attending two week-long conferences. Or, attending two semester-long college courses. And, breaking a professional development goal into manageable pieces and tackling a bit of it every day makes it likely you’ll stick with it.

You’ll make it a habit.

Chances are, you won’t even miss the time you’ve spent. And, those 15 minutes could be the difference between landing your next project, improving your next product or even your next promotion.

If you give this a try, I’d love to hear how it works for you.