The Nine 10-Minute Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life

The truth is, many of the habits that have the biggest impact on our lives don’t require hours of dedication each day.

7 min readMay 11, 2023

In fact, just 10 minutes of focused effort can be enough to make a significant difference.

The biggest reason we are not able to stick to new habits (or break an old one) is that we don’t start small.

That is why, 10-minute habits are game changers. Despite their simplicity and short duration, they still can have some impact on your life.

So, I’ve put together this list of 10-minute daily habits that have the potential to transform your life.

Begin the day with the end in mind

Starting your day with a clear vision of what you want to achieve sets the foundation for success.

In just 10 minutes each morning, you can set your intentions, visualize success, and create a roadmap for your day.

Take 10 minutes each morning to review your goals and visualize yourself accomplishing them. Imagine the positive outcomes, the emotions you’ll experience, and the impact it will have on your life.

Write down your intentions for the day. Specify the key actions you need to take to move closer to your goals.

Be as specific as possible, and focus on the most important tasks.

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Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning

After a long night’s sleep, your body is naturally dehydrated, and replenishing it with water kickstarts your metabolism, and boosts brain function.

Drinking a glass of water takes only a few moments, making it an easy habit to incorporate into your morning routine.

Keep a glass or bottle of water by your bedside the night before. You need a visual reminder to drink water upon waking up.

As soon as you wake up, reach for the glass of water and drink it before engaging in any other morning activities.

To make it easier, set a daily reminder on your phone or incorporate it into your morning routine by changing the name of your wake-up alarm to ‘Drink a glass of water’

My morning alarm

Go on a 10-minute walk every week (or every day)

Taking a 10-minute walk can do wonders for your physical and mental health. It helps you breathe fresh air, clear your mind, and feel refreshed.

All it takes is setting aside 10 minutes for a walk, and you’ll experience the benefits. You can do this every day or choose a specific day each week.

Decide how often you want to go on a walk: every day or once a week. Consistency is important.

Set a specific time for your walk and make it a priority.

Take this time to unplug from technology and focus on the present moment. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature.

Sometimes, you can even utilise this time to listen to your favourite song or podcast.

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Practice the one-tab rule

We often get overwhelmed with too many tabs open in our web browsers. I’ve realised that these are the main source of distraction for me.

The One-Tab Rule will help you simplify your online experience, stay focused, and make the most of your time.

Following the One-Tab Rule is quick and easy, taking less than 10 minutes. It’s about managing your tabs with awareness and being mindful of your online habits.

Close unnecessary tabs and keep only the one you’re currently using.

Before opening a new tab, ask yourself if it’s really important for what you’re doing right now.

Save links or information using bookmarks or a note-taking app instead of keeping multiple tabs open.

By practicing the One-Tab Rule, you can declutter your browser, boost productivity, and keep a clear mind.

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Write down 3 non-negotiables for the next day before sleeping

Setting non-negotiables before going to sleep has helped me prioritize and stay focused on what truly matters to me.

Non-negotiables are the key tasks or activities that you commit to completing the next day, regardless of any circumstances or distractions that may arise.

They are the top priorities that you consider essential and non-negotiable in achieving your goals or maintaining your well-being.

Defining your non-negotiables before bedtime is a quick and efficient process, taking less than 10 minutes. It’s a very valuable investment of your time.

Choose three specific tasks or activities that you will commit to accomplishing the next day. Make sure they are realistic and attainable within your available time.

Write down your non-negotiables on a piece of paper or in a digital note. Be clear and concise about what each task entails.

Place this reminder where you will see it in the morning, such as on your bedside table, on your phone’s lock screen, or as a note on your computer desktop.

Start your day by focusing on your non-negotiables. Prioritize them before attending to other less crucial tasks or distractions.

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Tidy your space for 10 minutes

A clean and organized environment promotes a sense of calm, reduces distractions, and allows you to focus better on the tasks at hand.

You might think that tidying up your space requires a substantial amount of time and effort, but dedicating just 10 minutes can make a noticeable difference.

Set a timer for 10 minutes to create a sense of urgency and focus.

Start with a specific area or task, such as clearing your desk, organizing a shelf, or decluttering your workspace.

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Read for only 10 minutes

I don’t even need to explain why reading is important. But a lot of people fail to stick to this habit.

Reading for just 10 minutes a day is a great way to make this a habit. These short reading sessions can accumulate over time and expand your knowledge base.

Set a timer for 10 minutes to help you stay focused and committed to your reading session.

Find a quiet and comfortable spot where you can immerse yourself in the reading experience.

Try adding it somewhere in your regular routines throughout your day, such as during your lunch break, commuting, or before bed, to fit in your 10-minute reading session.

If you read non fiction, remember to always have a small notebook and pen to make notes, underline and use it later to actually apply the concepts.

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Write about your day for 10 minutes

This habit has helped me become more aware of how I spend my day, and encourages me to do something every day to get closer to my goals.

Writing about your day doesn’t have to be a lengthy or time-consuming task. Allocating just 10 minutes before bed or at the end of your day can be very valuable.

It provides an opportunity to reflect on your day while keeping the commitment manageable.

Set a timer for 10 minutes to maintain focus and prevent the writing session from becoming overly time-consuming. (Trust me, once you start writing, it’s hard to stop.)

Then, just write.

Write whatever that comes to your mind.

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Meditate for 10 minutes

This habit needs no explanation for its benefits.

Taking only 10 minutes may seem like a short time, but it can make a significant difference.

It’s an accessible and manageable practice that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine.

Find a comfortable and quiet place where you won’t be easily disturbed.

Set a timer.

Close your eyes and begin by taking deep breaths.

There are a number of podcasts and meditation apps that will guide you further.

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Incorporating these 10-minute habits into your daily life can have a profound impact on your overall well-being and personal growth.

By starting small and dedicating just a fraction of your time each day, you can create positive changes in every aspect of your life.

So, whether it’s starting your day with a glass of water, taking a short walk in nature, or practising mindfulness through meditation, these 10-minute habits can bring about remarkable transformations.

💪 Here’s a simple worksheet to help you build these micro-habits!

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