Ever wonder if there is anything productive you can do with 10 minutes? You might be surprised!
Many of us avoid getting organized because we think we need a whole weekend to get started. While there are some large projects where having a chunk of time is necessary, there are also lots of small steps we can be taking throughout the day that add up to serious progress. Next time you have a few minutes to kill, rather than check the computer or turn on the TV, turn it into an “efficiency moment” and tackle one of these small tasks:
- Delete emails
- Delete photos from your phone
- Shred accumulated sensitive paperwork
- Read an article you’ve saved
- Water your plants
- Empty, clean, and reorganize a drawer
- Clear off, clean, and reset a shelf
- Empty and declutter your purse, backpack, or briefcase
- Sort through coupons and throw away any that are expired
- Sharpen pencils
- Empty your pencil sharpener of shavings
- Clear your bulletin board of out-of-date material
- Test all the pens in your pen cup and pitch any that don’t work well
- Enter phone numbers/contact information into your phone that you have lying around on scraps of paper
- Sort your magazine pile and throw away old issues
- Put an item (or two) away
- Update your apps
- Fold a load of laundry
- Throw out trash from your car
These are just a few ideas. It is useful to keep a running list of these tasks either hanging on the inside of a cabinet door or stored on your phone. The next time you find yourself with a few free minutes, you can pick a task and make the most of it.
What quick ten-minute tasks would you add to this list?