About two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the 10x10x10 Challenge, which was created by Joe Sanok from Practice of the Practice. Now that the challenge is over, I wanted to write a quick follow up about how it all went. Let me start first by saying what I think the 10x10x10 wasn’t.
It wasn’t a methodology to change your life or permanently alter your daily routine. It wasn’t designed to improve your relationships, get you organized, develop better health or cultivate a fitness plan. It wasn’t created to help you form short and long term goals, prioritize your tasks or get you to establish a plan to achieve those goals.
But the awesome thing is that all those outcomes were possible.
What I think the 10x10x10 Challenge was really about was taking an honest look at how we spend our time and why. It was about being mindful of the tasks we were getting done and the ones we were letting fall by the wayside. It was about learning where time was being well spent and where we were perhaps being not so careful with this precious resource. And it was about paying attention to our outcomes.
I know that I learned that spending time playing with my daughter and talking and laughing with my husband was some of my most well-spent time. Spending time writing and starting to make short videos for a youtube channel also felt valuable – if frustrating at times. And I found out that I was really losing too much time to social media. I think social media is a wonderful tool to keep us connected. But, I have to admit, that it can also be a huge distraction that takes us away from accomplishing other goals.
I know it’s something I need to be more mindful of in the future.
What social media was great for, was our 10x10x10 Facebook group, which ended up being a wonderful place to get support, understanding and sometimes vent our frustrations, as well as get new ideas for how to navigate the challenge as well as our lives. I loved having the opportunity to go through this with a great group of people – who are even considering putting together future challenges to continue this learning path. How cool is that?
In the end, what I walked away from the 10x10x10 challenge with, is a greater awareness of time and what I am doing with it. I’m certainly paying more attention to what I am doing, what I hope to learn or gain from a task, and what my goals are. It’s created a greater sense of focus and even motivation for me, which is so fantastic since motivation can be a key area of struggle when it comes to working toward a goal.
And, I learned that making the bed takes a crazy small amount of time, but gives me such a sense of satisfaction, that it was simply silly for me not to have been doing it all along!
What did you learn from the 10x10x10 Challenge? I would love to know!