What You Can Do with an Extra Ten Minutes

Yesterday I wrote about the Ten Minute Rule, meaning that you show up for meetings ten minutes early.

I was asked not only why you should show up ten minutes early but also wouldn’t that be a waste of time.

Here’s why it’s not a waste of time and here is what you can do with ten extra minutes.

First, you can use that time for networking and getting to know the people around you. I’m always amazed about how little people in business know about one another. Couldn’t you use time to ask about someone’s family or about how they are really doing? Wouldn’t it make a difference if you knew someone really cared?

Second, you can use that time to clear out your inbox. Since most people have a smart phone, you always have something that needs to be done. Not only will you be on time and ready for your meeting, you will get rid of some mundane assignments that must be completed.

Third, you can take a few minutes to read Scripture. In ten minutes you can read a chapter of Scripture. Do that once a day beginning today and you will have read the New Testament by Christmas. That would be a great use of ten minutes everyday.

Fourth, you can spend a few minutes praying for your meeting and the decisions to be made. You can pray for everyone involved in the meeting.

Finally, wouldn’t it be a good use of time to breathe deeply and relax?

Paul told the Ephesian saints to “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days” (Ephesians 5:16). Paul was not talking about minutes but about times of opportunity to serve God by serving others and growing in Him.

These are not easy days. Make the most of every opportunity God gives you.

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  1. Rogerio Nersissian
    Mar 15, 2018

    Pr Waylon, thanks for your daily moment, God bless you so much !
    Just ten minutes … it could change our lives !!

  2. Jason Coffey
    Mar 15, 2018

    Team motto

    “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is to be forgotten.”

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