Take 5

Why does it feel like Monday comes around all too quickly? Sometimes I view Monday as a fresh start. Other times I see it as a curse. Some days I just want to take a break. What would it take for me to feel like I’ve accomplished something during the week? Maybe it’s as simple as taking 5.

Generally when you talk about taking 5 it means you are going to take a break. I’d like to propose changing its meaning to something different and more effective than taking a break.

When I look at my to-do list or see the clutter in various areas of my home, I can get overwhelmed. But, I’ve found that taking just 5 minutes several times a day to work on a task or pick up an area of my home makes a huge difference.

So, let’s give this a try. Take 5 minutes out of every hour to work on something that needs to be done. If you do this 8 hours out of the day that would be 40 minutes of productivity. Here are a few suggestions on how you can use that 5 minutes:

  • Respond to an email
  • Respond to a text message
  • Go through clutter on your kitchen countertop
  • Go through your mail
  • Pick up items that are in a room where they don’t belong
  • Clean out your medicine cabinet
  • Clean out your make up
  • Select 5-10 items to donate to charity

This list could go on and on. I hope you’ll take the time to see what you can accomplish in just 5 minutes.

Question: How can taking just a few minutes each day help you tackle your to-do list or cluttered areas in your home?

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  1. Great idea, Jennifer! Tomorrow, I’m going to do that by setting my timer for 55 minutes, and when it goes off, I’ll set it for five, to see how I can “redeem the time”, even that amount that seems insignificant.

    1. That’s a great idea, Ann! I have found I’ve managed to accomplish more than I thought possible if I commit to even just 5 minutes of work.

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