No matter how busy we are, we can all use some time to improve our lives.
But some people soon feel overwhelmed when they start, for example, an interesting book or an extensive course.
Others had planned to do more sports and a few weeks later find that nothing has come of it.
No matter what good intentions we had, there just isn’t enough drive to carry out the enormous tasks we’ve set ourselves.
That’s why it’s often a much better idea to just give yourself very small tasks that will help you move forward over time.
Many experts recommend taking ten to fifteen minutes a day to improve yourself or your life.
This can take any form. Below are seven suggestions that you might find useful, or at least help you come up with your own ideas.
1. Learn or read something new
Learning something new every day is a great goal, and very easy to do. Newsletters, podcasts, websites and groups are ready to share their knowledge with you.
: I also like services such as
A library of more than 15,000 summaries of the best non-fiction books, which you can read or listen to in ten minutes. In this way I read the essence of
2. Take a mini sports break
Did you know you can burn a few hundred calories in just ten minutes? There are mini workouts on the internet (such as Sparkpeople) that will help you do it.
But taking these active breaks has many more advantages. They help you keep yourself healthy, increase your energy, support your sleep cycle, relieve stress and tension and improve your mood, all in just ten to fifteen minutes a day.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is just slow down and breathe. That’s essentially what meditation is: the chance to calm your mind, focus on your breathing, and find peace in yourself.
Take a few minutes and meditate whenever you feel stressed, or as a regular routine in the morning.
: If you like a guided meditation, try
(both also in app form). In Dutch there is the MindfulnessMentor app.
4. Talk to a friend or acquaintance
Connect with whom you hold dear and make it a priority. Not only will you feel great afterwards, but it will also strengthen your relationship with that person.
5. Write down what you think
I don’t mean a professional article, just write something for yourself, whether shared or private. Talk about something you’re passionate about, something you enjoy.
Write a letter you never want to send, to read again later. Write a poem or a story. Write about what bothers you or makes you laugh. Just write something.
6. Go for a walk
Sometimes a little fresh air is all you really need to improve your day. Walking once a day, even a little, can help clear your mind and eliminate stress.
It gives you a chance to organize your thoughts, or solve a problem. What’s more, it’s just an enjoyable activity that doesn’t burden your body (for most people anyway). Try using one of your breaks at work for a short walk, and see what difference it makes.
7. Clean up
Just ten minutes a day can make a big difference in a room, no matter what room it is. Even if it is disastrous today, tidying it up in small pieces will have an effect in the next few days. It will improve your mood.
Bonus tip: Do something you like to do
In the end, it comes down to doing something you love. Whatever it is, it may be the best way to self-improvement. Even if it’s only ten to fifteen minutes a day.