Things you can do in 20 minutes

Yesterday, and for the first time in about 14 months following my knee injury, I ran for 20 minutes. Now, to some that might seem like a lot. To me as a past marathonian, it seems like precious little. However, you have to take victories as them come – sometimes in small increments. I am not sure to be able to build back up to 3-4h which would be required to return to the Big Race, but I sure hope that I will be able to. Good news: no knee or leg pain today, so far so good.

I got to thinking about the period of time 20 minutes. It’s not a long time, and not a short time either. There is a free magazine distributed in the Paris Metro called 20 minutes which is probably the average duration of a journey here and so the magazine is meant to be scanned and/or read in that time period. Other things you can do with 20 minutes:
– Watch almost an entire episode of Weeds or Californication if you skip the titles and ending credits
– Listen to the sublime Metallica Beyond Magnetic EP
– Filter 50 emails once your GTD system is in place and functional
– Write 5 short emails for quick responses to questions
– Answer one long question by email
– Participate in a WebEx before your mind turns to jelly
– Scan your Facebook News Feed while following two or three links that you find interesting
– Prepare dinner for the kids – something on the stove top in any case
– Skin and slice kilo of carrots (I am trying to optimize this, but it is still time-consuming
– Bathe and dress the kids for bed (applicable to showers but not to baths)
– Advance about 100 meters during Paris rush hour traffic on the Peripherique (primary reason why I avoid the Periph’ like the plague)
– Run between 3 and 5 kilometers depending on your fitness level
– Swim about 1 kilometer (at least at my turtle-like speed)
– Climb one route and secure your buddy for one route in indoor climbing (something else I miss dearly)
– Do one 500m vertical descent and take the life back up to the top (give a medium-size line at the lift)
– Drink a Starbucks coffee and eat a blueberry muffin and write a rambling blog post 🙂

So there are lots of things that can be done in twenty minutes. I am glad that I am able to do the running one and hope to push this to 25 minutes tomorrow.


About mfinocchiaro

IT Architecture Guru for large PLM software company but dabbling in Web 2.0 and other stuff.
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One Response to Things you can do in 20 minutes

  1. Dan says:

    For implementing GTD you can use this this application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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