There is a quote, or part of a quote, made by John Weeler that always brings a smile to my face:
“Time is what prevents everything from happening at once…”
Even though time is constant, it is our perception of the passing of time that is not constant. 5 minutes can go by so fast when you are running late, and can also seem to take forever when you are sitting in traffic. I used to think not much could be accomplished in 5 minutes because it is just five one-minutes in a row and really, how much can a person get done in one minute? One day as I was waiting for the kettle to boil, I decided to see just how much I could accomplish during that time. Turned out I was able to empty the dishwasher and fill it again. Wow! It was a breakthrough moment for me.
I now apply that same idea to other situations – how fast can I clean off the top of my desk, how much can I get done during a commercial break, how fast can I fold a tub of clean towels?
Spending 5 minutes organizing or tidying once may not seem to make a difference but 5 minutes each day will.
Want to see how it works? Here are some 5 minute ideas – pick one or create your own:
- Wipe the fronts of all kitchen cabinets
- Fold a basket of laundry
- Walk around the house with a bucket and pick up one type of item, such as toys or clothes
- Walk around one floor of your house and gather items that belong on another floor
- Challenge your kids to see how many stuffies they can find and put in their room
- Find and throw out 5 things from your fridge
- Take a dry mop to high traffic areas in your kitchen and dining room
Now, start a 5 minute timer and…GO!
How do you feel? Pretty good? Great. Hang on to that feeling – you did good!