Back in 1910, Arnold Bennett published a great book called “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day“. In it, he talked about the supply of time being a cruelly finite 24 hours in each day that leaves us saying we will do things when we have more time.
But we never shall have more time. The only way to accomplish what we wish to accomplish, is to begin.
That means we have to arrange our time so that we can live “fully and comfortably” within our daily allowance of 24 hours.
The wonderful Mr. Bennett suggests that one takes 90 minutes every other evening to spend on “some important and consecutive cultivation of the mind.”
He points out that even if you do that, you are still left with somewhere near 45 hours that are waking but non-working hours each week.
That’s a shocking thought, isn’t it?
Think of all you accomplish in a 45 hour working week. What do you accomplish outside of working hours?
So, how do we get control of this time that we fill with errands, exercise, socializing, chores and responsibilities? How do we carve out time for the “cultivation of the self”?
I am not suggesting anywhere near as much as 90 minutes every other evening. However, I do say that we can all afford 35 minutes a week to cultivate our minds and our selves.
To put that in perspective: You are awake for approximately 5,000 – 7,000 minutes each week, and I am suggesting you take just 35 of them for personal enrichment.
Take baby steps. Make a tiny change to how you spend your 24 hours, and spend 5 minutes of it to cultivate your thoughts.
The best part is, you don’t even have to decide what to do in those 5 minutes!
Simply open your email and follow your guided 5 minute practice each day. It will enliven your whole mind – through Reflection, Gratitude, Wonder, Visioning, Communicating, Acknowledgement, Giving, Receiving, and Planning.
“I have noticed different things about myself from your 5-minute program. I’m only on day 22 and I can sense I am reacting differently to things.” ~ Mary T.
“I can’t wait to get my daily exercises. I think they help me understand me better. Somehow I feel calmer about things.” ~ Janelle M.
I started by asking what I can do for you. I can help you steal back your own 5 precious minutes and enrich yourself.
What will you gain by reflecting on genuinely important things, where you are going, what life is giving you, and what determines your actions?