Ten Minute Tidy

A key concept to time management is to know how long 10 minutes is.  What can you get done in 10 minutes?  You can certainly stand almost any odious task for 10 minutes.  But even so, will you accomplish anything?  Isn’t it better just to check your Facebook page and  eat a muffin?

NO!  NO!

Ten minutes is actually the perfect amount of time to spend on something you need to do but don’t want to.  Need proof?  I give you the Ten Minute Tidy.

The Ten Minute Tidy is a great concept I read somewhere.  I wish I could remember where I read it but if it’s your idea, let me know and I’ll gladly give you full credit for it.  Whoever first came up with this idea is a genius of time-management, and I’d love to shake her hand.  Basically, what you do is you give each of your kids a room and 10 minutes to tidy it up.  You take a room too.  Then you yell “Ten Minute Tidy!” and set a timer for 10 minutes.  At the end, it really is amazing how much more picked up your house is.  The added bonus is that my kids somehow turned it into a contest to see who could do the most in 10 minutes.  This could even be an evening ritual, but if you don’t do it quite that often, your kids won’t get as tired of it as fast.

Well, if you can get a whole house picked up in 10 minutes, what else can you accomplish?

You can walk about 1000 steps.

You can make that phone call you’ve been avoiding.  It’s not so bad if you’re only going to devote 10 minutes to it.

You can take off your nailpolish.

You can clean out your car.

You can file away  the papers and receipts that have accumulated in your computer case and your purse.

You can make a grocery list and plan what you will make for dinner for the week.

You can brush the dog.

You’ll notice that none of the tasks is high on the list of anyone’s fun time.  That’s the point of 10 minutes.  You don’t have to put up with it for long. But because the whole point of time management is to find time for the good stuff, here are a few ideas for using your ten minutes in a pleasanter way.

You can read a blog.

You can start a blog.  Really, that’s about how long it took me to set it up.

You can begin a new project.

You can pot a geranium.

You can brush your child’s hair.  And braid it.

You can give your honey a shoulder rub.

Yes, you can have sex, but I’d advise taking a bit longer.

You can play the piano.  Well, if you can play the piano.

You can do some shoulder rolls and work the kinks out.

What are your ideas for spending 10 minutes?

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About womanmdsguide

My name is Dr. Kristen Cain and I'm an infertility doctor with a passion for women's wellness and having the time to live life to its fullest. I write about women's health issues and time management secrets for young professional women because a good life means having the health and time to enjoy it!
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