Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post topic... I just think it is pretty :)
As my schedule has been very busy these last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about time management.
Ever have one of those days where it seems impossible to squeeze everything in? The other day I was getting ready for work. I looked around at my house, glanced at the clock, and thought “well there is no time to do anything before I have to leave…. Guess I will just sit down and watch the clock tick or something….” Well maybe not exactly like that, but something similar.
I decided to try an experiment. Setting the timer, I tackled one little task at a time, trying to determine how long it really takes to do those little things that pile up until they become overwhelming. I was shocked at some of the results.
Here are just a few things that really only take a few minutes and make a world of difference:
- Make bed (which includes NINE pillows on my amazingly comfy bed) – 1 minutes 37 seconds
- Clean bathroom (wiped down counters, mirrors, and cleaned toilet) – 3 minutes 38 seconds
- Throw a load of laundry in (includes taking the hamper downstairs) – 58 seconds
- Fold and put away or hang 10 pieces of laundry (in two different rooms) – 2 minutes 47 seconds
- Fifty squats – 1 minute 34 seconds
- Read Proverbs of the day – 2 minutes 9 seconds
- Unload Dishwasher – 2 minutes 12 seconds
- Load 11 dishes – 39 seconds
- Take out all the trash in the house (two stories, four five trash cans) 2 minutes 4 seconds
- Pay four bills (online, of course) 3 minutes 7 seconds
I am sure there are TONS of other things that fall in this category of quick chores, but these are the only ones I timed thus far.
I always feel like the time goes by way to fast, and it is hard to fit everything in… but I have realized that the busier I am, the better I am with time management. Doing simple experiments like this really demonstrates how much you can do in a small amount of time.
You should try it on some of those tedious little things you always dread doing… you would be surprised how fast you can get things done.