The Homemaking Housewife

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My timer April 30, 2009

Filed under: Home Organization — Sarah @ 8:07 am

My timerI have fallen in love with my timer. Really. I love that thing with all of my heart. I have recently discovered its power and now I can’t live without it.

What I do is set it for 15 minutes and then concentrate on one task. When the timer goes off, I move on to something different. Now if that first task is not completed sometimes I will go ahead and work on it again for another 15 minutes, or I will move on to something else and then come back to it later. Either way, I know it will get done because I will not get sidetracked with something else if I know that I only have to stay focused for 15 minutes.

It’s really amazing what you can get done in 15 minutes as well.  I can dust the entire upstairs and down in less than 15.  I can vacuum both upstairs and down and be rolling up the cord when the beeper goes off.  I can actually clean the sinks and toilets in the upstairs bathrooms in 14 minutes and 22 seconds.  (If you would have asked me before I timed myself I would have figured it would take me at least a half an hour!)

The other thing it is great for is timing your “relaxing” time.  I like to take a break when the boys have their rest time, but on more than one occasion I have ended up cruising on the internet or playing a computer game for the entire time that they are down.  That does not make for a productive day!  So what I do is pick something to work on and do 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.  It’s great knowing that I only have to go for that 15 minutes an then get a break for some me time.  During a regular (what’s that?) nap time I will usually get at least a 1/2 hour to myself.  What a reward to have down time and feel like I’ve accomplished something!

So give it a try.  You don’t need a fancy one (my Pampered Chef one is also a clock and counts up as well).  Just use the one on your microwave or stove.  Most cellphones have one as well.  You are gonna love it!


Leave me a comment and let me know you tried it and how you liked it.


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10 Responses to “My timer”

  1. What a great idea! Things seem a lot less overwhelming if you find that you can do it in less than 15 minutes!


  2. Pink Monkey Says:

    I love my Pampered Chef timer too! I like the stop-watch feature. I use it to record my son’s reading time.

  3. Buffie Says:

    I love that idea and I’m going to have to try it.

    I also have that same Pampered Chef timer. Only the battery in mine died about a year ago and I have no idea where to get a new one. If anyone can let me know where to find those little batteries I would love to know. Thanks.

    • sfdavis918 Says:

      For a battery to go in the PC timer, try the pharmacy section of the grocery store or a place like Walgreens. They usually have hearing aid batteries there. If not try somewhere like RadioShack or an electronics store.

  4. Big Sis Says:

    This is a great idea – like you, I have so much to do but I find it overwhelming and nothing gets done. I would actually rather be in my garden instead of housecleaning. I am going to try the timer this weekend with my teenage girls and challenge them while doing the housecleaning.

    Great site, by the way “Little Sis”.

    • sfdavis918 Says:

      Yeah! I can’t wait to hear how they like it. Just keep reminding them they get a break when it goes off.

      I’m glad you like the site. I love your username, lol!

  5. Taylor Says:

    Gret idea! I am very goal oriented these days and that sounds perfect!

  6. Taiya Says:

    That is a great idea! I have the problem of sitting down when my daughter naps and not realizing how much time has passed, and then I don’t get anything done! I am definitely going to try this.

  7. I use it for my kids too when they are dilly dallying around instead of doing what they are supposed to be I set the timer. Something about that always gets them moving.

  8. Lisa Says:

    FlyLady introduced me to that about a year ago and it makes such a difference. Most of her concepts have been extremely helpful, actually.

    I use the timer with the kids (2&3) nearly everyday and we are able to get their room picked up in about 4 minutes usually.

    Its comforting that it does not come naturally for everyone. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who struggles.

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