Once you have streamlined and moved most of your household tasks to large chunks of time in your calendar, you can now start to use 5-minute snippets of time to knock off some of the repetitive routine tasks on your list. This opens up more valuable chunks of time to get done bigger - and more valuable - projects.
I know it sounds kind of counterintuitive, but if you are always doing little tasks here and there, you never feel done. If you have a 4-hour time block set aside to do those tasks and can knock 30 minutes off during the week through six 5-minute chunks, you feel accomplished and organized!
Here are twenty tasks I do in 5-minute pockets of time to get you started thinking about what your twenty tasks will be:
Start a load of laundry
Empty the dishwasher
Fold a load of laundry
Clean off the kitchen counter
Do the dishes
Clean out a shelf in the pantry
Empty all the trash cans
Pick up toys in the family room
Collect all the towels and start the laundry
Vacuum a room
Delete email and voicemail from your phone
Change your furnace filter
Take items up or downstairs
Go through your mail and open it all
Write a thank you note
Book a doctor appointment
Refill soap dispensers
Clean out 1 drawer
Put 10 things away
Use those minutes you spend talking on the phone or waiting for people knocking off your repetitive tasks!
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