Take Ten

As a busy adviser your time is especially valuable, so we’ve rounded up tips and resources just for you that only take 10 minutes or less

Cultivation = Relaxation

According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia, having plants or greenery in your workspace can positively affect your productivity. Bring in potted shrubbery and spend 10 minutes a week watering and pruning it to reconnect with nature. An added bonus of doing this during the winter months? Having indoor plants and gardens is sometimes a recommended therapy for those who struggle with seasonal affective disorder.

Play Catch Up

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up and the third cup of coffee isn’t cutting it, get moving! Invite a colleague to meet you in the gym or fitness area for 10 minutes (coordinate with the PE teacher so you don’t interrupt class). Toss a softball or shoot hoops and have a one-on-one conversation with a friend. The extra heart rate boost and the interpersonal check-in will help you reset and refocus.

Snack Time Is Also for Grown-Ups

If you can’t bring yourself to indulge in another snowman cookie in the break room, take 10 minutes to put together these healthy and delicious treats:

  • Fill a coffee mug with your favorite omelette add-ins: diced ham, halved cherry tomatoes, spinach, a pinch of shredded cheese, a drop of milk or cream plus two eggs. Microwave for about two minutes and enjoy!
  • Mix up your favorite lunch salad—salmon, egg, or chicken—but skip the bowl. Cut an avocado in half and use nature’s creamy, green bowl instead. Use the other half of the avocado for guacamole or put slices on your sandwich for lunch.
  • Microwave some popcorn and while that’s popping away, mix together your favorite combo of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and chocolate chips or candy morsels. When the popcorn is finished, put it all in the same bowl and toss so the chocolate pieces melt slightly. Let it cool and take it to school in an airtight container or plastic baggie. Hide it from your coworkers.

Plan Ahead

Now that the end of the year is drawing near, take 10 minutes on each of the 10 days before the new year to think about 2016. Separate out each month, and write down a goal you’d like to achieve by then. According to resolution researcher John C. Norcross, starting with smaller, measurable goals is a great way to stay focused and follow through on resolutions.