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What can you do in ten minutes?

Nearly every day, I find I have a ten minute slot  just waiting to be filled. Ten minutes before a meeting, or ten minutes between a customer visit and a conference call. And sometimes, like tonight, ten minutes before my supper when I have the chance to draft a blog or update my ‘to do list’.   I like ten minute slots, they motivate me to attempt something that would normally take much longer.

With a focused mind and a strong desire to deliver, these convenient slices of time induce a mini surge of adrenaline in me; like the ones I get when negotiating my way through heavy traffic in a busy city.  I just love the thrill of having achieved something useful in such a tight time slot.

And then there’s the quick phone call, or the fixing of a date for a long overdue appointment. Ten minute slots give us the perfect chance to do that annoying task that’s been hanging around for far too long.   In ten minutes I can write a ‘to the point’ email and still have time to read it carefully before sending. I have even been known to make a small financial spreadsheet; calculating margins on a proposed opportunity.

Sometimes I read an on-line news article, or flick through the company intranet for an interesting story from a colleague or a friend. In ten minutes I can reflect on a situation and make a decision, or send a text message to say ‘thank you’ or ‘happy birthday’.    In fact, sometimes I wonder why we need the full eight hour working day at all…

What can you do in ten minutes?

Have a good week,


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About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvaATmb9_zg

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