Feeling overwhelmed by all you need to get done? Have a project you’ve been putting off? Harness the power of 15 minutes and little by little you’ll see progress!
The Power of 15 Minutes
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Years ago I learned a valuable homemaking secret from FlyLady. The secret was simply this: you can do anything for 15 minutes.
Rather than letting projects overwhelm you, grab a timer, set it for 15 minutes, and work as fast as you can!
Sometimes 15 minutes is all you can spare. If that’s the case, set the timer, work as fast as you can, and then go back to the rest of your day.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished in such a small amount of time.
I’ve had this timer for about 10 years now—it’s one of my favorite homemaking tools!
Getting Started is Half the Battle
Sometimes just getting started can be the hardest part of the project. This is where the power of 15 minutes can really be a life-saver.
More often than not, what happens to me when I set a timer for 15 minutes, is that I find I want to keep going when the timer stops. If you have the time to keep working, this can be a great way to knock out a project in record time.
If you truly only have 15 minutes to work on your project, at least this little 15-minute trick will help you overcome the difficulty of starting.
To keep the momentum going, plan to work on your project in 15-minute increments every day (or several times a week) until you’ve completed it.
This is a really helpful tool for getting started with decluttering and organizing projects. I know it can seem overwhelming when you’re dealing with clutter.
Rather than just staring hopelessly at the mess, plan to spend 15 minutes working in whichever area of your home needs the most help.
If you work at it a little bit every day, you’ll soon be on your way to clutter-free and organized!
Projects You Can Tackle in 15 Minutes
Here are just a few things you can get done (or at least make great headway on) in 15 minutes:
- Sort through that pile of old magazines and junk mail.
- Clear off your desk.
- Clean out and organize a kitchen cabinet or drawer.
- Make a weekly menu.
- Purge a section of your filing cabinet.
- Get started on a photo book.
- Clean out your purse or diaper bag.
- Fold and put away a load of laundry.
If you’ve got a project that always seems to get put on the back burner because it seems overwhelming or you just can’t seem to find time for it, try setting a timer for 15 minutes and see where it takes you!