Robin Sacks' 1 Minute Mindset

August 31, 2011

How to Find 3 Lost Hours Every Week!

Filed under: Making Decisions,Stress Management,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Confidence Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author @ 9:24 am

I first discovered the “magic 10 minutes” phenomenon when I had an early morning meeting every Thursday morning. Being at a location 45 minutes from my house, I had to drive across town going from one busy freeway to another busy freeway to yet another busy freeway. Did I mention that it was on a weekday, early in the morning? Although I, like most people in our society, am an expert at the “last-minute” habit, one particular morning I found myself awake, showered, dressed and ready to leave the house about a half an hour earlier than usual. Oddly enough, my first thought was, I can’t leave this early.” When I asked myself why not, I answered, “because I will be extremely early.”

I thought about that for a moment. Something about it didn’t sound right. Exactly what was wrong with being early, I wondered? I realized at that moment that I was so brainwashed by “last-minute syndrome” that I could not see the value in leaving a few minutes early, taking my time, and having less stress!

I put on my coat, gathered a few things into my briefcase (of course, my stuff was scattered all over the dining room table because I had not put it in my briefcase the night before even though I know I needed it the next morning), and headed to my car.

A life-altering thing happened over the next 30 minutes. I discovered a window of opportunity. There were fewer cars on the road. Not only that, but I actually drove the speed limit the entire time I was on the freeways. No more stop and go. I was less stressed. Not only that, but it also took me less time to get where I was going. How great is that!

When I arrived at my destination, early, I took a few minutes to ponder this discovery. It was so simple, so refreshing, and gave me a “gift of time.” Aren’t we all looking for those every day?

I began to think about other areas of my life to which I could apply it.

Here are 5 easy things I started doing that net me a collective 2-4 hours a week of what I simply call “found time:”

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