|By Kevin Dee, Chairman of the Board at Eagle|
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This post first appeared on The Eagle Blog on November 21, 2012
If you were to invest 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week towards "self development" what could you do?
Health & Fitness
I have a weight routine that takes me exactly 20 minutes. When I do it, I usually do 20 minutes of cardio first but if pushed for time I just do the weight routine. There are 9 upper body moves that I execute one after the other as a circuit. I do a set of abs before the first set, a set of abs between the sets and again after the second set... it all takes 20 minutes! I can tell you that when I started doing this it had a dramatic affect on toning my upper body, and I only do it twice a week! In addition to toning your body, weights increase muscle mass which increases the amount of calories your body burns!
A 20 minute brisk walk every day burns calories, builds some muscle, exercises your heart and gets some "fresh" air into your lungs.
20 minutes exercise each day for 5 days a week is more than 85 hours of exercise a year!
I can read an 8 page summary of a business book from Executive Book Summaries in 20 minutes. If you read one book summary a week you can cover off the main concepts of more than 50 business books every year.
I can do a tough Sudoku or a crossword puzzle in about an hour... or 3 * 20 minute sessions. If I devote my brain to that activity three times a week I am spending 50 hours a year exercising my brain.
I can have a 20 minute conversation with my mom (sisters, friends etc) and we all enjoy it.
I can write 4 cards with hand written notes in 20 minutes . They might be to friends or clients, but they are always appreciated.
I can take 5 minutes to share a good business read on LinkedIn and enhance my personal brand as a knowledge expert. If I invest 20 minutes over the course of a week I can share 200 stories in a year and the Kevin Dee brand gets noticed.
I can spend 5 minutes sending an email to a friend or relative to let them know how I'm doing, and that I'm thinking of them. Again a 20 minute investment each week means 4 times a week (200 times a year) I am reaching out to people I care about.
How much time do you spend watching "mindless TV shows"?
How much time do you spend sitting on a bus or train?
How much time do you spend sitting in a hotel room while on business travel?
How much time do you spend sitting at the rink while your child skates?
There are lots of "20 minute opportunities" out there and you don't need to cram them all with activity, but just maybe a small investment in 20 minute activities could give you a good return on that investment.
PS. This is just scratching the surface ... if you really think about it there are a million high return ways to use 20 minutes!