We've talked before about how you can divide your time into 15-minute blocks to get a handle on your schedule. Chances are you can spare at least one for self-improvement, so make it official.
As personal finance blog Debt and the Girl explains, almost everyone can spare 15 minutes. It's also just enough time to accomplish some kind of useful task. While the author describes it in terms of personal finance (like taking time to budget or reduce a bill), it can apply to anything. Including learning a new skill, or working on a personal project.
So I came up with a plan, that come hell or high water, I would devote at least 15 minutes a day to practicing. You see, starting something new as a beginner…well quite frankly it sucks, especially I think as adults because we tend to gravitate towards doing things we know how to do, or that come easy to us. As kids everything is new, so I think they tend to be more patient with themselves, not to mention their brains are like little sponges.
So, 15 minutes was something I thought I could carve out each day to practice…enough time to get a tiny bit better, but not too long where I would get frustrated and give up. The "15-minute rule" was even further supported by my ukulele class instructor, who said just do "something" (practice a song, chord changes, strumming) for that amount of time each day, and one day you will look back and see how far you've come.
Fifteen minutes is enough time to accomplish something meaningful without disrupting your whole day. Whether it's after work or before you go to bed, setting aside a specific block of time for self-improvement tasks can give you the space you need to build better habits.