We ALL have 15 minutes

One of the biggest organising myths is that you need a HUGE chunk of time to organise anything.

That’s simply not true.

I actually don’t know many people who happen to have hours and hours free just for the purpose of organising.

The thing is, you have to make time.

One of the ways you make time is by using up all the little bits of time throughout your day.

Even if you think you have no time, I guarantee there are bits here and there.

If you start looking for those treasured moments, you’ll realise you can get a lot more done.

I remember when the babies were just newborns (you mothers will know how crazy that time is) I thought I’d never have time to myself again.

Then I realised that I had 5 minutes here, another 10 minutes there and so on.

I could read ONE article in a magazine in those 5 minutes and maybe even churn out a blog post in the 10-minute stretch.

All that time adds up if you’re ready to take advantage of it.

It’s the same with organising.

You may not have an hour to organise a chest of drawers but if you find 15 minutes a day for 4 days, you do have that hour.

A change of perspective = opportunities all over

You can always organise something in 15 minutes.

Here are a few quick ideas:

• Straighten your cutlery and/or utensils drawer
• Organise photos (one of my ongoing projects to use a “spare” 15 minutes)
• Declutter a pile of paper
• Tidy your handbag or wallet

See? There are 15-minute slivers of time all around us if only we’ll just look for them.

Make a list of 10 or more quick organising projects you can do in 15 minutes and get started today.

Are you an all or nothing person? Do you tend to look for the big chunk of time versus the little bits?

Share your comments!

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  1. I love seeing what I can get done in those little chunks of time. Rarely do I have an entire day or even hour to get things done. So, I’ll choose a small part of a larger task – a drawer, a shelf, an article – and set my timer for 10 or 15 minutes. I work uninterrupted and quickly on that task. It is amazing what I can accomplish in such a small amount of time!

  2. I just did this over the weekend. So many times I get paralyzed in my thinking that I do not do anythingl. I set the timer for 5 minutes a few times yesterday and did manage a few things that are part of an overwhelming task for me. Little by little so they say. Thanks for the reminder, Marcia.

  3. Marci, it’s true that your focus improves with smaller chunks of time. I think it’s the timer 🙂

    Lyn, I’m so pleased that it’s helping you break out of overwhelm!

  4. Hi Marcia,

    I love setting racing against the timer to see what I can accomplish in 15 mins – this works great when cleaning the kitchen or tidying the bedroom!

    I also use a timer when decluttering paperwork, and in the office – but then it’s less about racing against the clock, and more about avoiding overwhelm on a big task 🙂

    A timer can be quite reassuring, as you can say to yourself ‘Hey, I’ll just make a start, and in 15 mins I’ll go grab a coffee / do something else.’ – so much less terrifying than setting out to complete the entire drawer of paperwork / presentation / project all in one go!


    • Marcia Francois says

      Racing against the timer does work well at home, not so much at work.

      What I do is I tell myself, “i only have to work on this ____ (boring thing I’m not that into) for 15 mins”. Before you know it, it’s done!

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