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10 minutes at a time...every little bit helps!


Friday, February 01, 2013

When I'm in "organized mode" and using the Astrid App on my smartphone, I have a lot of little "to-dos" that are only 10 minutes long. It's amazing how much can be done in 10 minutes.

I have something called a "10 minute pickup" that I do for 10 minutes each morning and afternoon. I set a timer and go around the house looking for items that need to be picked up an put in their proper place. If I do that twice a day for 10 minutes, my place stays amazingly neat.

I also do a 10 minute/ 10 thing declutter once a day. For that one, my goal is to either: (1) set a timer and declutter something like my files until the timer goes off; or (2) find 10 things I no longer need and toss them or put them in my charity pile. Our charity drop off place is right in the same shopping center where we grocery shop, so I generally make a quick stop to the charity place on the way to the grocery store.

Another thing on my "to do list" each day is "clean off one shelf or drawer". This activity usually takes about 10 minutes too. I try to find the messiest drawer or shelf in the house and clean/organize it. I do ONE and ONLY ONE drawer or shelf and then stop. It's amazing how it works in keeping things neat and organized. I don't always pick the messiest one, sometimes it's one that is bothering me, sometimes it's one that seems doable on a given day, but over time, things stay pretty neat and organized.

In keeping with the 10 minute theme, I also have a "to-do" to walk at least 10 minutes a day. With this one, it gets me out the door, or on the treadmill if the weather is bad. Usually, once I start, I go further, but at least I have done 10 minutes.

Every little bit helps....

Wishing everyone a great Spark Day...10 minutes at a time!
Kay
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SUNNYWBL 2/4/2013 12:08AM

    Great ideas, thanks!

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BILL60 2/2/2013 7:54AM

    Way too much "watch keeping" for me. Hope it works for you.

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MIMETALKER 2/2/2013 12:23AM

    I like this. It could work with my short attention span. emoticon

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BBAHONORS 2/1/2013 9:48PM

    I love the 10 minute idea, and I have used in from time to time. I need to get better about using it daily.

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SHALISA_B 2/1/2013 4:30PM

    This sounds like a great way for over-achievers-then-crashers to actually make progress!

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CINDHOLM 2/1/2013 1:01PM

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SEAWAVE 2/1/2013 12:57PM

    I'm a 10-minute fan as well, partly because of physical limits to how much I can do at one time. But if I'm consistent it really makes a difference in whatever I'm targetting - whether exercise, decluttering, practicing the piano... As you mentioned with the walking, 10 minutes usually turns into more, especially for the enjoyable activities!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/1/2013 12:46PM

    Amazing! Think I'll implement some of your 10 minutes ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/1/2013 11:50AM

    Sounds very cool. (and helpful)

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