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Tackling My To-Do List 15 Minutes At A Time

Tackling My To-Do List 15 Minutes At A Time

Oggi Countdown Stainless Steel Timer

I have a bunch of stuff around here that is buggin’ me that I want to get done…but frankly, I’M TIRED!
I told my radiologist that I was feeling fatigue today and he said “Yep, that is us doing that to you.”

The post I wrote, “Do Anything In 15 Minutes and Squash Perfectionism,” came to mind, and  I’ve decided to try out my 15 minute rule today.

Here are my goals for the day:
15 min-write blog post
15 min-Empty Dishwasher (took 4 minutes)
15 min-Load Dishwasher, Wipe Counters, Wipe Tables (took 10 minutes)
15 min-Clean Out Refrigerator
15 min-Fold/Hang Up Laundry(took 13 minutes)
15 min-Clear Out Gmail Inbox
15 min-Work On Budget
15 min-Work On Blog
15 min-Make/eat lunch
15 min-Write CB update
15 min-Eat lunch/take supplements & vitamins
15 min-Paper work
15 min-Read Nutrition Book
15 min-Count Gifts
15 min-Put Laundry Away(took 20 minutes)
15 min-Tidy Bedroom (took 10 minutes)
15 min-Read Devotional
15 min-Journal
15 min-Clear Desktop (took 2 minutes)
15 min-Walk On Treadmill (20 minutes)

I won’t necessarily go in that order, but I will come cross off each task as I complete it. That is my favorite part.:)

It is 10:00 a.m. right now. Some of these things won’t take the entire 15 minutes, so hopefully, I will get done in time to take nap!!

What are you doing today?
Do you have a to-do list?
What are your tips for getting it all done?

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  • CoffeeJitters
    March 2, 2011 at 4:19 am

    I don’t use the timer all the time, but whenever I’m in a crunch, and I absolutely have to get some heinous chore done (like cleaning the house because my mother in law is coming over) I find the best way to get it done is with 15 min on the timer. Then I give myself a 15 min break (sometimes longer). It’s interesting that in 4 15 min shifts of working with 4 15 min breaks, I can get more done than just trying to force myself to work straight through for 2 hours.

  • Julia
    February 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I love making a list and seeing each item being marked off. The problem is, that as I mark off each thing, I’m adding two more.

  • Marianne
    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    This is usually how I get stuff done every day. Mostly just when it comes to housework. Having a toddler who is cronicly sick makes it hard to plan the day, but I do my best. Today we have snowday so I even made a todo list for my 6 year old who has to be home from school today. My toddler just woke up from her nap and I am just half done with my list and have not even started dinner. My choice is either make dinner with her on my arm (all 23 lbs of her) or go out for dinner for once with a screaming toddler… Have an aching body because of my arthrithis or have people look at me for torturing their ears because she is screaming…
    Sorry didn’t mean to went, but it just came out.
    5, 10 and 15 minute increments is the answer to get stuff done here.

  • Beth
    February 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    So I started this a while back. One thing I started doing was dusting my living room just before the kids and I walk out the door for morning classes. That was a few years ago but the mentality lingers into other tasks. Now that I have to leave for work most days, I try to find one or two tasks I can do right before I walk out the door. Yesterday I decided to spend 10 minutes vacuuming. I got a lot of vacuuming done and still made it out in time. This is a great way to shape up the day and get those pesky small tasks done. I always appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for sharing.

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