2 Spare Minutes
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  • Productivity Lessons from Artists and Entrepreneurs

    Prioritize Consistency Over Heroic Efforts

    Though inspiration can suddenly strike, turning it into a tangible finished product is a matter of sustained effort, he says. “It’s getting up every day and doing the work…taking thousands of passes and polishes.”

    Seek Mentorship

    Someone who cares about you, knows more than you, who will give you both good and constructive feedback and create opportunities is a blessing beyond imagination. Additionally, a good mentor helps you avoid making the same mistakes they have.


    When entrepreneurs sacrifice sleep, they also sacrifice creativity, self-control, and attention span.

    Put Yourself in Good Company

    Starting a business is hard, not only because you need to maintain motivation through ups and downs, but also because it can be easy to get stuck inside your own head. A supportive, honest, and open-minded peer group helps solve these problems, says Kocher, and encourages an entrepreneur to “pressure-test their thinking, assumptions, and ideas.”

    Focus on What You Can Control, and Don’t Ever Become Complacent

    “I think people believe arriving is the big win. Don’t get me wrong—it’s an honor to make the NFL, or to be a published author, or to be invited to represent your country at the Olympics. But to me, that’s only the beginning. I want to beat myself each time.”

    Click here for the full article.

  • 3 ways to get rid of anger, according to neuroscience

    Here’s how to get rid of anger:

    • Suppress rarely. They may not know you’re angry but you’ll feel worse inside and hurt the relationship.
    • Don’t vent. Communication is good but venting just increases anger. Distract yourself.
    • Reappraisal is usually the best option. Think to yourself, “It’s not about me. They must be having a bad day.”

    Click here for the full article.

  • Game Apps on your phone

    Do you play games on your phone?

    How do you feel, physically, as a result of your game playing? Do you have a sore neck? Sore thumbs? Other places? Do you think that when the day is done you will be proud of your accomplishments with these games, or were they just filling time for you, wasting away your spare minutes?
    Decide now whether you want to continue playing games. Decide whether the aches and pains are worth the irrelevant ‘achievements’, which suck time but really contribute nothing to your life.

    Now go onto your phone and delete every single game app.

    Now that you have 2 Spare Minutes to guide you, you will make far better use of your extra moments.
  • Stop overusing the internets

    Save a little for the rest of us!

    Seriously though, do you yourself going onto the same websites over and over again, every hour or maybe more often than that? Set a schedule so you only check news and social sites every couple of hours at most, and then just for a few minutes. Easiest way is to synchronize with your normal ‘break’ rituals like coffee, lunch, stretching, etc.
    Chrome has an extension called StayFocusd which can help you limit your browsing time, and Firefox has one called LeechBlock which does the same. If you use Safari you can try WasteNoTime.
  • Creating more time in your life

    Do you have trouble saying no?

    Take a look at your typical weekly activities and for each activity ask yourself whether it is beneficial to your life overall, necessary due to obligations, or not a good use of your time.
    A lot of us have a tendency to overcommit. Recognize that spreading yourself thin does not benefit anyone, particularly you!
    Choose one thing that you can get out of that will free up more Pairs of Spare Minutes. You can always return to this page and work on removing more non-beneficial activities from your life.
  • Use reminders for everything!

    Do you have a smart phone?

    Of course you do. Use your calendar to create reminders to yourself for everything: your next haircut, to call someone, a critical shopping item, and especially to cancel subscriptions before they roll over and you get charged for something you don’t want. For those cancellations be sure to set the reminder a few days before. And use the alerts in a way that works best for you. For something like a cancellation I just take the default ’10 minutes before’ alert because the timing isn’t as important to me as the reminder itself. For scheduled dates I like to have a 24-hour reminder and a 1-hour reminder, assuming that an hour is sufficient time for me to prepare for the event. I have often been surprised by an alert I completely forgot about – and grateful that I had set the reminder!
  • There’s This Guy…

    There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.

    Read the article

    Do what God designed and gifted you to do.

    Do it with joy

    Do it even when you don’t know others are watching

    Do it even when you don’t feel 100%

  • Thank you

    Track how many times you say ‘thank you’ over the next 5 days. Put a reminder in your phone for 5 days from now, and keep track.

  • Call someone who needs it

    Feeling down?

    Make a list of 5 people who would drop whatever they are doing, right now, to take your call.

    Why don’t you call one of them? No need to tell them why, just that you thought of them and want to catch up. If they don’t answer leave a short message that you want to connect. And text or email them too with the same message.

    Feeling better now?