It’s easy to complain that there is never enough hours in the day, but that’s not always true. The time may not stand out like a sore thumb because it doesn’t always come in hours at a time. Instead the time comes in short intervals throughout the day. 15 minutes is all you need to complete those little tasks around the house.
You can do a lot more than you think in 15 minutes. I challenge you to set a timer for 15 minutes and go. When it buzzes, stop and take a look at what you accomplished. I bet it was more than you expected.
When you set yourself up to complete those tasks in 15 minutes, things actually start to happen.
- You actually start the task
- You end up finishing
- You will probably end up doing more than 15 minutes
I noticed I would have an extra 15 minutes here and there, but I wasted them instead of being productive. Those 15 minutes never seemed like enough time to finish anything. The truth is, you can finish many side to-do’s in those 15 minutes that come between other activities.
I chose 15 minutes because that’s my sweet spot. Previously, I would set a timer for 30 minutes, but I started losing motivation by the 20 minute mark. My mind started to wander and I wanted to move to another task or my phone. Instead of being able to complete my task, I was creating excuses before I started the next time. I moved down to 15 minutes and it set a goal that I knew I could accomplish.
The following list I outlined are meant for 15 minute intervals. You don’t go in thinking you’re going to do it all. The kitchen isn’t going to get done all at once, because you don’t have all at once. Instead you break the kitchen down into sections.
To-Do’s in 15 minutes
- Living room pick up
- Empty and reload dishwasher & clear the counters
- Sweep and Vacuum
- Clear bathroom counters & wipe down mirrors
- Sweep bathroom floor and take out bathroom trash
- Sort the laundry
- Clear bedroom floor
- Change out the laundry
- Clean out pantry
- Clean out fridge/freezer
- Wipe down cabinets
- Clean all the windows
- Dust TV’s and shelves
- Clean out the junk drawer
- Go over your monthly budget
- So much more
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What are some of your quick tasks that you can get done when you have extra time? Let me know in the comments what your sweet spot time is!
The Power of 15 minutes