Like Micro-Volunteering? Turn that smart idea into Micro-Resolutions!

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Heather Jose

MICRO is the new buzzword for squeezing more time from your over-scheduled life. Micro-volunteering is making headlines, especially as thousands pitched in for the National Day of Service. There’s a lot of power in this bite-sized idea.

Here at WeAreCaregivers, we are helping with this frustrating situation: Did you enjoy my friend Dr. Benjamin Pratt’s series on rewriting a new Caregivers Calendar? If you missed it, here’s Part 1 and here is Part 2 of Ben’s creative invitation to readers. You’ll hear more about Ben’s idea throughout 2013—for example, Ben’s new Our Inauguration Day is coming up Monday. Keep sending us your ideas at [email protected], because Ben hopes to keep going through the whole 2013 calendar.

AND TODAY, I want to get serious about our daily time squeeze. I’m proposing MICRO-Resoutions. You’ve probably thrown out your “old” resolutions from a few weeks ago, haven’t you? They likely were too time consuming. Well, there’s a reason that MICRO is so popular right now: It works!

MICRO-Resolutions Work in 5, 10 or 15 Minutes!

Stopwatch in HandThis year, I don’t see a magic window of time opening up so that I can devote hours to wellness. But I am not letting that stop me.  I can stress and make poor choices or I can do the best with what I have.  I am choosing the latter. I’m admitting: On a daily basis, there’s no time to prepare elaborate meals or long workouts. Most days, I can count on only a few minutes worth of wellness. Here are some ideas for fitting in goodness on a time crunch. Add a few to your crazy day—and, please, share your ideas with us.

In 5 minutes time you could…

Brew a pot of green tea
Call and schedule a doctor’s appointment
Breathe Deeply
Do pushups and situps
Make a fruit and veggie packed smoothie
Get a mini massage
Enjoy the fresh air
Take vitamins

In ten minutes time you could…

Plan healthy meals for the day
Work out a schedule that includes time to exercise
Go outside and play in the garden
Cut up fresh veggies to grab and go
Snuggle with someone you love
Pack a great lunch for work
Play tag with your kids or fetch with the dog

In fifteen minutes time you might…

Put together a meatless meal
Call a friend
Read something inspirational
Go for a walk or jog
Get a jump on bedtime
Decompress with music

I hope as this year begins to take shape you can carve out a little time for yourself as well. You need it. You are worth it.

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  1. says

    I question as to why you titled this article, “Like Micro-Volunteering?
    Add Micro-Resolutions!”. In any event . I really adored the post!
    Thanks for the post-Milan