Often one of the biggest road blocks to our personal growth is that we feel we can’t take on a new project until we have vast amounts of free time. The reality is that we will probably never have a couple hours of free time each day.
However, if we can set aside just 15 minutes each day to dedicate to doing something we’ve been putting off for a better period of our life, these small investments will add up and go a long ways toward achieving our goals.
For example if you want to learn a foreign language, practice a neglected musical instrument, read through the works of Shakespeare, or any number of enriching activities you probably don’t feel you have enough time to start. Most likely you don’t have enough time to fully invest yourself in any of those activities. However, if you can dedicated a small amount of time on a consistent basis you will grow–maybe not as fast as you’d like, but some progress is better than no progress.
The trick is to set aside time and keep it allocated for your endeavor. If you constantly cannibalize that small period of time you’ve set aside for your personal growth you won’t make the desired progress. If you can keep that period each day dedicated to the desired activity you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in a year just 15 minutes at a time.
Originally published on December 4, 2006.