We're all busy. It doesn't matter how old your kids are or what stage of life you're in, no doubt, you're busy. Sometimes it seems like I just don't have time to get anything done. And when I do find the time, I'm too exhausted to lift a finger. But, for some reason, the thought of working for just fifteen minutes seems possible.
When I work fast for just fifteen minutes, I'm always amazed at how much I can get done in such a short period of time. I can clean out a drawer or organize the laundry room. I can straighten some shelves or clean the shower. Since it's just a few minutes, it's easier to stay focused on the task at hand. And do you know what usually happens? I have more energy at the end of my fifteen minutes than I started with. Go figure!
So, here are some thoughts for your "Fast Fifteen":
-When possible, choose a task that is not part of your normal routine. In other words, clean out the closet rather than wash the dishes. You may want to use this time for doing something from the "monthly to do list."
-Feel free to stop when the fifteen minutes is done. Don't worry if you don't completely finish the task. Something is better than nothing. Don't keep going if dinner needs started or the kids need your attention. That's the point of the "fifteen." It gives you permission to get a little something done, even if fifteen minutes is all you have to give. At least the area will be a little better than when you started, and you can pick up tomorrow where you left off.
-Try to work in a "Fast Fifteen" every day. Doing a little bit at a time over the course of a few days can make those big jobs seem possible to complete. I may not find a chunk of time in a single day to work on my bedroom closet, but if I can squeeze in fifteen minutes every day, it just might be done by the end of the week (I hope!).
There you have it. Now, go turn on some music, set a timer, and get to work. But you'd better work fast. The clock's ticking! Tick...tock...