What is something valuable I can do for 30 minutes everyday?

What is something valuable I can do for 30 minutes everyday despite my busy schedule in high school as a grade 12?

The reason why I ask is because I wanna hear perspectives from people above my age. What is something you wished you had done everyday while in your senior year of high school that would have compounded to something good in the long run? Or what did you do that helped you in the long run?
— Original Quora Question

I was also a “busy” high schooler as well.

I was a multi-sport athlete, top 5% student, class officer, and leader of multiple clubs.

Every day, the world would be a blur as my focus was not to do things I necessarily loved, but to do more. More for the colleges, more for my resume. Just. Plain. More.

I would come home exhausted and not be interested in talking to my mom or my dad.

I would simply bring my dinner to my room and go play video games, because I convinced myself that I needed it to recharge from all of my busyness.

My relationships suffered because of this desire to be busy.

I could have said “spend an extra 30 minutes with your family”, but I’ve found that that’s just a bandage to an incomplete life.

I want to go to the root of the problem, as I’ve found it to be.

If you have 30 minutes every day, I would advise this:

Meditate.

No, not the “ohmmm” type of thing.

But sitting somewhere silent and either reflecting, focusing on your breathing, or just thinking about nothing will lead to so many benefits. Whatever thoughts you have in your head, acknowledge them without judgment and be in the present moment.

Over a period of time, you’ll start to accept what you can and can’t control.

Your mind will stop aimlessly darting around.

You’ll improve your focus.

And you’ll start to figure out how to live more fully.

It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes either. It can be 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Or it could just be 5 minutes at a random time during the day.

Whenever you feel like you’re procrastinating, just set a timer for 5 minutes, and get to meditating.

You’re going to feel a difference in your mood and feelings about the future.