Starting with the first post in this 31 Days of Clutter-Free Living series just yesterday, I mentioned the importance of setting a timer and going full force with your organizing project for as little as 15 minutes.
You can do anything for just 15 minutes!
A good, easy to use timer is an important tool in your organizing journey. Fortunately, you have one as close as your phone. Learn how to use your favorite timer, and you might never lose an entire day to organizing again. The trick is to set your timer and stay completely focused for 15 minutes. No Facebook. No cruising to the fridge. No whining about how much you hate organizing. Don’t stop to work on a project or wander away and forget what you left the room for. Just do it for 15 minutes.
This actually has a fancy name: the Pomodoro Method.
If you own an iPhone or an iPad, be sure you are updated to the latest software (Settings, General, Software Update). Then go find the nifty timer/alarm/stopwatch that Apple just included. It’s a magical now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t tool that Apple hid at the bottom of the screen. Just swipe up from anywhere on the very bottom of the screen, and you’ll get a little hidden menu bar that looks like this:
See that little dial on the right that looks like a dark clock? Tap there, and you’ll get a menu with 4 little icons at the bottom for a World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch, and Timer (shown as red below). It’s the last one we want, so tap there.
Set the dial for 15 minutes and click start. I love this pretty little timer.
If you have an Android phone or tablet, you can download timer apps from the PlayStore. Or check your gadget’s menus for a built-in timer. And if you don’t have a tablet or smartphone, keep reading…
I can easily set an audible alarm for 15 minutes even on my old dumb-phone.
Of course, you can always use the microwave or oven timer, both my favorites.
The Time Timer lets you “see” time evaporating as the red dial disappears. It’s available both as a physical product and as a downloadable app that my kids actually ask me to turn on in the mornings.
So your organizing homework today is simply to find a timer that you love and know how to easily set for 15 minutes.
For extra credit, you can try it out and sit for just 15 minutes going through your papers on your desk, kitchen counter, or dining room table.
No, you won’t clear out months or years worth of paper clutter in just 15 minutes, but you will have done more organizing today that you might have recently. And if you are on a roll when it beeps, you can go again for another 15 minutes, but then go have some fun.
Because remember, we don’t organize just for fun. Well, maybe I do. But we organize so that we can stay on top of our commitments and enjoy the rest of our life.
So go set your timer, organize without distraction for 15 minutes, and when the timer goes off, pat yourself on the beck and meet me here tomorrow. Don’t miss a day of Clutter-Free Living series. Click here.
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