Yesterday, I took everything off of the counter and put it on my center island with the intentions “decluttering diva style”. I even took a picture of the mess! After taking a photo, my body went into funk mode—I don’t wanna mode! So, I remembered the lessons from flylady at www.flylady.net as well as the tips from my own personal organizer, Sylvia McClintock at www.tamethechaos.com. Both of these fabulous ladies talk about the power of fifteen minutes.
Everything from the various kitchen counters put on the island!
The idea is that you can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes! For me, the key is using a timer! I love the time cube from Sylvia McClintock but you can use an egg timer, your cell phone alarm, the timer on your oven or anything that will buzz or ring at you when the time is up! I set the timer for 15 minutes and grit my teeth and stay on task until the timer goes off without getting distracted. (Not has hard as you think when you know the timer is going to go off and then you are finished!) When the timer goes off, I assess what I have accomplished. Usually, I will either have completed the whole of the task with time to spare and a little motivation to keep going for a little while longer if I have not. However, since I am sooo easily distracted, I try to make myself STOP when the timer goes off and schedule another time to finish the job. I tend to be a DIVA who will be late for appointments because I tried to get just one more thing accomplished. That is why I have started using the time cube or setting my blackberry when surfing the net and getting ready in the morning—I will piddle around like I don’t have anywhere to be and then wonder what happened to the time!
Yes Divas there is a lot of power in 15 minutes! I am beginning to learn that it is the little things that we do daily that make the difference—especially when we are not really feelin’ it! Galatians 6:9 says this: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Don’t give up Divas; see what you can get done in 15 minutes today!
Take a look at my Powerful 15 minutes:
All Sorted (about 7 minutes left)
All Done with 30 seconds to spare!