I 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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