That title’s a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but when I’ve been going nonstop for days and days and then finally get a day where I don’t have to be anywhere it can be really hard to motivate myself to get moving. Would the world end if I surfed the ‘net and played piano all day? Probably not, but there are things that need to get done around here and I’ll be bummed later if I don’t use this time productively. This is clearly a day to bring out The Timer.
FlyLady has a saying, “If it isn’t fun, it won’t get done.” I don’t know that setting a timer makes mindless/tedious chores more fun, but it does make it all seem more like a game. I actually do jobs as fast as I can so I can beat the timer. Plus, we can do anything for 15 minutes, right?
I assign myself a wide range of activities so I can get make some headway in as many areas as possible. There are jobs I have to do every day like laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, and exercise. I also include things like organizing my closet or doing paperwork. Even if I’m not done with a specific task, I stop when the timer goes off and move on to the next thing. Sometimes I stick some fun things on the list, too, so I can get that piano playing in.
Here’s two hours’ worth of 15-minute sessions to get me moving today:
1. Write this blog post.
2: Throw laundry in washing machine and fold load of clothes from yesterday. Put away if there’s time.
3: Unload dishwasher and clean kitchen counters; sweep
4: Work on in-box
5: Keep going on laundry
6: Prepare for 4:00 meeting
7: Organize closet and wardrobe
And that should do it. This “game” helps me a lot because instead of feeling overwhelmed by everything I could get done, I focus on specific tasks that I’ve assigned myself. And after an hour or two using the timer, I look around and feel pretty good about what I’ve actually managed to get done (instead of fretting about what I should have done).
Do you have days when you need something to get you moving? Would the 15-minute timer method work for you?