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, 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. 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

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