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Did you take me up on my challenge?

By October 19, 2017December 8th, 201710 Comments

Hey champ,

Alright, so if you’ve been following along with me, you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago I challenged you to finish what you started this year.

How is it going so far?

Now, when I hit send on that email, I promised that over the next couple of weeks I’d share some tips and strategies to help smash through some of the common barriers to … uhhh, what’s an eloquent way of saying this? Getting shit done.

I’m gonna start with this one:

“But Turia, I don’t have time!”

You’re busy. I know. I get it. Trust me, I really do.

If I asked you to commit five hours a day to your project or goal, most of you wouldn’t be able to make that time.

If I asked you to commit two hours, I’d wager that most of you still wouldn’t make that time.

But I’m not gonna ask you to commit five hours, or two, or even one to finish what you started! All I’m going to ask you to commit is:


That’s it.

So, if you want to finish an online course you started, or improve your fitness, or finish writing your manuscript, whatever, here’s what you’re going to do:

Every day you’re going to make a ten minute pocket of time.

You’re going to set a timer for ten minutes and you’re going to get as much done in that ten minutes as you can.

So, if you want to write a book, make a commitment to sit down every day, set a timer for ten minutes and write as much as you can in that time. Even if you think what you’ve written is crap – who cares! Some days you might not get anywhere, other days you might write gold. The important thing is that you are doing it.

And when that timer goes off, you can stop and go back to your day.

Now, if the timer goes off and you’re still enjoying yourself and want to keep going – awesome! But you don’t have to.

Your only commitment is ten minutes.

I love this idea because, sometimes when we’re facing a big task or project, the idea of all the time involved can seem totally overwhelming….. and, more often than not, people give up before they’ve even had a go.

So, remove that barrier.

Make it manageable. Stick to ten minutes and see where you end up in 11 weeks time.

I can guarantee it will be further ahead than where you are now.

Stop ‘finding time’ and start making it. – Tweet it.

Alright, now we’re in this together, so make sure you tell me what you’re going to achieve in the next 11 weeks in the comments below.

See you next week for more tips,
Turia xx

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  • Caitlin says:

    So this year I have been writing a book with a friend so over the next 10 weeks I’ll commit to sitting down for 10 mins or more each day and writing something down!. A big goal I achieved recently though is I got into the JMC academy in Melbourne and I’m going to study film and television production next yr! It’s a big challenge and move for me but I’m going to get through every step of the way

  • Linda says:

    This is a great piece of advice – 10 minutes- I’m going to give myself 10 minutes a day to try and finish scrapbooking my holiday from 2 years ago!

  • Lilli says:

    Thanks Turia, this was the best kick up the bum ever! I commit to write for 10 mins a day until the end of the year. I don’t know what I am writing, but I just need to be quiet, sit down and write! You are a gift to the world!

  • Donna Garrad says:

    I am a house mother in a senior girls boarding house at a regional
    School in NSW. Every week fir this term I am spending 10 minutes every day to put together a weekly pin board of a woman of inspiration. So far we have done Malaka and Ellen and you are next weeks nomination. The girls love it !

  • nilah says:

    You are amazing amazing amazing, my goal for the next 10 weeks is to exercise for at least a min of 30 minutes every day, and in 10 weeks clear half of my 9 grand credit card debt. Plus…….. see how motivating you are ……. establish my Part time massage gig in NZ. ( i work in Queensland on a Coal Mine 7 n 7 .. this year I get to finally play mummy to my 15 year old son after 10 years working in WA, I am sharing him with his dad on my 7 days off, does require me to fly home to NZ, but financially this works better then working full time in NZ) I so got this. And you are my biggest inspiration lady, AND am soooo excited for you to become a mummy, you will be such a wonderful mummy.

  • Zelma says:

    Firstly,I’ve got to thank you immensely for keeping my spirits up all the time. I’ve actually learnt a lot from you these past years. To make long story short, my plan is to release a long awaited album. I had already done the recording but my producer had to travel along the line.But am optimistic that once he comes back in November,we’ll be able to round up the next 11 weeks will definitely be a dream come true. Bravo!!

  • Zelma says:

    Firstly,I’ve got to thank you immensely for keeping my spirit up all the time. i’ve actually learnt a lot from you these past years. To make long story short, My plan is to release a long awaited album.I had already done the recording but my producer travelled along the line. Hopefully,he’ll be back in November. Am optimistic that my next 11 weeks will definitely be a dream come true. Am excited as well because all my life I’ve always wanted to be a musician. And now am going to use my music to pass the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ across to the whole world. My mentor musically is Amy Grant. Thanks once again because you’re my motivator in the mist of storm.
    I’ve had my ups and downs in life but I found you on line and became stronger than ever.I feel that I can overcome anything that comes my way through Christ who strengthens me through your own personal story.bravo turia!

  • Taresha says:

    Your blogs are amazing and motivating. I’ve recently entered a new grade and you see I’m struggling with keeping up and on top of it, I’ve go so much work to get done!! What I’ll do is take you up on that timer lesson and I will set one so that I can get school assignments completed!

  • Lucy says:

    Thanks Turia for the push…. I have to admit I had fallen into the “I haven’t got time trap” so just receiving your email was enough to get me started again…. I love the idea of the 10 minute chunk and have found that it takes away any feelings of being overwhelmed… I ‘m on the road again to decluttering my life…thank you xx

  • Sophie says:

    Thanks for being so courageous and inspirational, Turia. My mission before the end of 2017 is to write my first co-author research paper. It’s for my PhD in pure maths, but the process of discovering something original and worthy of sharing with my peers in a top journal is what inspires me.