Picking a Timer for Organizing Projects (Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Giveaway)

Picking a Timer for Organizing Projects (Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Giveaway)

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.

Using a timer for Organizing Projects

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:

finding the timer on an ipad

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.

using an ipad timer to organize

Set the dial for 15 minutes and click start. I love this pretty little timer.

15 minute timer for organizing

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.

time timer for organizing

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. 31 Days of Clutter-Free Living Organizing

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43 Responses to Picking a Timer for Organizing Projects (Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Giveaway)

  1. What a great idea, I really have to make organizing a top priority for this year, especially the paper clutter I have. My main problem I always have is getting distracted when sorting….this 15min timer task sounds like it would keep me focused. Going to give it a try, thanks for the app link.

  2. I have seen this 15 minute theory before and remember using it to great success. Then I stopped. Now I will have to do it again with the phone.

    The only timers I use right now are the ones on my stove and microwave. This will be my new favorite!

    • Let me know how it goes. I think that’s what makes us human. Something works for a hill, then we head into a new phase, and do something else. Let me know if the 15-minute blocks help you focus.

  3. I know this is great, I used to do it at work and wow did it help my stress level. The hardest part is sticking with it. . I should probably set an alarm tio remind me.

  4. My favorite timer is my watch which i use everytime and its okay. i will use the one in samsung i like that better.

  5. I use a standard kitchen timer. I lug it around with me everywhere. I even put it on while I’m online so too much time doesn’t slip by while I’m taking a break.

  6. I use the timer on my Windows phone, it has great stopwatch features. I would definitely use this timer app and can think of great applications. De-cluttering home and office spaces in small windows (15 to 30 min), timing/tracking use of video games or the computer (it’s amazing how fast time slips away), and timing the kids when brushing their teeth (2 minutes minimum)! Thanks for the post, this is great.

    • Molli, I hear you. Having a timer that is easy to use can be so important, but it has to be something you like to use. Maybe you’ll win this tablet, and then you’ll have a good one, for sure.

  7. I do this with house chores also, but have always just looked at the clock with a “ready set go” attitude. I like using a tablet for the routine, this is a great tip.

  8. By the way if you download the Google voice recognition app on the Playstore you can simply tap the microphone icon and announce “Google, start timer, fifteen minutes.” This seems like a fun start to the routine.

  9. I have a couple of sport watches with timers which I need to better use of for organizing. I’ll have to look into downloading ones for my Ipod or Nook HD if there isn’t a timer already.

  10. My main problem is paper clutter. I had already decided to get all my filing up to date by the end of this month, before I found this blog. I am embarassed to admit that I still had stuff in my pile from 2012! :/

    • Hi, Kelli, there are those among us who think that having un-filed papers only from 2012 counts as being organized! Kudos for making your way here. I hope the 31 Days of Clutter-Free Living series is helping you. Please let us know if you have any specific questions.

  11. So happy to have had the opportunity to hear your 10 steps to getting organized at the Philly Home Show. Your tips will help me both personally and professionally!

  12. Hi Darla, I really needed the tips you shared with me today.I now work out of my home and I truly needed simplified information on how to restructure my office at home. It was very over whelming coming from a very large office and now have to recreate it in a smaller space. I will invest in getting the shelving unit from Ikea I believe this unit will really help me in my organizing my office as well as my crochet and knitting materials. Also the kitchen organize information has also helped me to revisit the drawers and get rid of the items that have not been used in years. Thanks again for the tips and look forward to more money saving ideas!!

    • Gwendolyn, I love your name. I’m so glad you came out to the show, and that you got the tips you needed. Please stay in touch and let me know how your progress is coming.

  13. I have a music timer app on my iPhone. I love it because I can set it to play upbeat music for a certain amount of time. The music helps me feel energized for getting stuff done too. a hidden timer seems like it would be a great alternative for when my son is being silly and has decided that I’m not allowed to listen to music.

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