Ever wonder if there is anything productive you can do with 10 minutes? You might be surprised!
Many of us avoid getting organized because we think we need a whole weekend to get started. While there are some large projects where having a chunk of time is necessary, there are also lots of small steps we can be taking throughout the day that add up to serious progress. Next time you have a few minutes to kill, rather than check the computer or turn on the TV, turn it into an “efficiency moment” and tackle one of these small tasks:
- Grab your phone and delete emails.
- Grab your phone and delete photos .
- Go to your “to shred” bin (if you don’t have one of these, establish one for any document with personal information) and shred whatever is inside.
- Go to your “to read” folder – either paper or electronic - (if you don’t have one of these, establish one for material that you want to read) and read one item.
- Empty ONE drawer, wipe it clean, remove any contents which don’t belong/you no longer want/are trash, and reload. Notice, by cleaning out one kitchen drawer a day you can clean your whole kitchen in a week or two.
- Clear off a shelf. As with the drawer, remove any contents which don’t belong/you no longer want/are trash, and reload.
- Sort through your coupons and throw away any that are expired.
- Sharpen your pencils.
- Empty your pencil sharpener of shavings.
- Clear your bulletin board of out-of-date material.
- Enter phone numbers/contact information into your phone that you have lying around on scraps of paper.
- Sort your magazine pile and throw away old issues/magazines you don’t want to read.
- Put an item AWAY.
- Update your apps.
- Throw out trash from your car.
These are just a few ideas. It is useful to keep a running list of these tasks either hanging on the inside of a cabinet door or stored on your phone. The next time you find yourself with a few free minutes, you can pick a task and make the most of it. If you have a great idea, why not post a comment and help build this list!
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Submitted by Seana Turner, founder and president of The Seana Method.