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.
When I wanted to get my home in order, my mentor Marla Cilley said, “You can do anything for fifteen minutes.” I thought that was the dumbest statement I had ever heard. So what if I could clean for fifteen minutes. That wasn’t going to change anything. Guess what? I was wrong. I learned how to take care of my home fifteen minutes at a time, and it changed my 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 also take fifteen minutes to play.
Putting aside perfectionism, fifteen minutes at a time
The biggest roadblock to the fifteen-minute magic is perfectionism. People know they cannot finish the task in fifteen minutes, so they think they have to wait until they have more time. The truth is that perfectionism is the biggest time waster of all. If people would jump in and make a difference fifteen minutes at a time, they would get more done in less time and they would also feel better about themselves than they ever have. How do I know this? Because I am living proof that it works.
How can we help you?
What project or task lies before you that you are either 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 with it, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you if we can. What if you spend the next month setting a timer and doing the tasks you’ve been procrastinating? Could you make a difference in your life or your family’s 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. You can also learn more by checking out our posts about family calendars and Finding the Sweet Spot in Your Home. As always, thanks for being you and have a great day.
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