Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ready, set, Goal: 10 Minutes

One of the biggest reason people give for not being able to achieve what they want is time! 

I have been a victim to time. There are days when I feel like I don't have time to run or workout, at the end of the day, I run out of time to straighten or send that important email. But one way to aim for getting 30-40 min of life maintenance every day is to use a timer and take 10 minutes on each of 3 or 4 goals.

Pick your goals: 

1) De-cluttering or organizing
2) Fitness/ health
3) Social media /correspondence
4) Home projects/ other projects

My smiley timer!

Then get your kitchen timer or watch and set it for 10 minutes and get to work. If you spend just 10 uninterrupted minutes on each goal, you will be astounded at the progress you can make. For instance, take 10 minutes and :
  • Pick up everything that is in the wrong room and take it to the right room! 
  • Go through your closet/medicine cabinet/ fridge/toy box and purge the old, broken and unneeded. 
  • Sort that stack of papers... then learn to DRAFT (Discard, Refer, Act, File or Table) 
  • Sit on the couch with your favorite magazine...making time to do nothing is important too! 
  • Get on the floor and do an AB workout! 
  • Hang up your stray clothes ( you KNOW what I mean...if you don't, come to my house, I'll show you!)
  • Pack your lunch, cut up extra veggies for the week, cook up chicken breasts to freeze
  • Squat, lunge and do jumping jacks for 10 min (or till you can't!)
  • Reply to emails, clean out your in box, catch up with a friend on FB!
  • BLOG!  ;)
Ready, set, GOAL! 

10 minutes on 3 or 4 goals right when you get home from work will open up your whole night and make you feel more productive! 

Didn't get through all that you wanted to? 

That's ok, you can take 10 minutes every day to tackle these tasks a little bit at a time. It's like weight loss: slow and steady wins the race and in between we maintain!  I know my house doesn't get cluttered over night, the mountain of dishes staring me down aren't from one day and it won't take one day to clean and organize the whole lot.   

Do you have a daily or nightly routine that you do to keep on top of all the things life throws at you? 
What is your FAVE organizing tip? I once heard someone say, put something away in the hardest spot possible right away! ( hang the clothes, stash that yarn, put the game back in the top shelf of the closet...)

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