Do you know the magic of fifteen minutes? Once you learn it, it’s the most amazing thing in the world. You can change your life in fifteen minutes at a time. Don’t believe me? I dare you to try it and see what happens.
How the magic of 15 minutes changed my life
When I wanted to get my home in order, my mentor Marla Cilley said, “You can do anything for fifteen minutes, except whine.” I thought that was the dumbest statement I ever heard.
There was no way cleaning for fifteen minutes was going to change anything.
Guess what? I was wrong. Investing 15 minutes per day in my home made a bigger difference than I ever thought it could.
I learned how to take care of my home fifteen minutes at a time, and it changed my life. The magic is that consistent efforts build momentum.
You cannot clean your house in fifteen minutes, but you can keep it clean and tidy fifteen minutes at a time. How cool is that?
How 15 minutes improved my family’s life
Not only did I get my house in order. I taught my kids the same concept.
Every day during the summer, we would spend fifteen minutes cleaning our home. We could vacuum, clean the bathroom, put away toys and do dishes in fifteen minutes and then go do something fun for the day.
Even when we stayed in, we would clean for fifteen and then the kids were free to do what they wanted for the rest of the day. When we did that, the kids learned to pick up after themselves, so they didn’t have to do another fifteen later in the day.
It really was like magic, and by using a timer, it was like a game of Beat the Clock. I kept a timer on each level of our home upstairs, main level and downstairs. You can purchase them by clicking here.
Ways to make fifteen minutes work for you
I especially love the fifteen-minute principle on my most challenging days. You know the ones. Those days when your motivation is absent, and your mojo has run away.
Those are the days when fifteen minutes is invaluable. I grab a timer and spend fifteen minutes looking over my list or making one for the day. Then, I spend fifteen minutes working on the list.
If it’s a particularly rough day, I’ll spend fifteen minutes working and fifteen minutes resting, looking at social media or reading. I also listen to music or an audio book if the work is conducive to that.
I am amazed repeatedly at what I can accomplish using those fifteen minutes to focus, even when I take fifteen minutes to play between work sessions.
Put aside perfection and make progress
The biggest roadblock to the fifteen-minute magic is perfectionism.
People know they cannot finish a task in that time period, so they wait until they have more time. Unfortunately, that extra time doesn’t always come.
The truth is that perfectionism is the biggest time waster of all.
By working fifteen minutes at a time, people get more done in less time. They feel better about themselves and their home than ever.
How do I know this? Because I live it every day.
How can we help you?
Is there something that you are putting off because you don’t have the time or because it’s too overwhelming?
Would you be willing to try this method for a week to see how much you accomplish?
If you need help, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll help you set up a schedule that works for you.
What if you spend the next month setting a timer and doing the tasks you’ve been procrastinating? Can you imagine the difference you can make in your life?
I dare you to try it and let me know the result. It changed my life in a positive way, and I know it can do the same for you.
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