thought you'd be able to get organized in just
10 minutes? Here are a few simple ideas!
10 MINUTE CHORE BOX
Rather than spending hours organizing, and doing it all yourself, create
a 10 minute Chore Box for yourself--and one for each family member, if
Each person's box would contain specific chores or tasks that need to be
completed. The chores are written on slips of paper, and take a maximum
of 10 minutes each to accomplish.
You can gear the tasks towards the person's abilities (e.g. while older
kids can help out with vacuuming, a 3 year old may instead be
responsible for putting away his/her toys. )
Having footstools and ottomans with storage underneath are a great place to store blankets, pillows or
Each day, as a chore is completed, that slip of paper is placed in a
holding envelope until the Chore Box is empty. Then, when empty, the
boxes are refilled, and the system
starts over again. This also works well at the office!
10 MINUTE PICK-UP
Control the chaos. Schedule a consistent, '10 minute Pick-up' each
night. Set a timer to sound an alarm in 10 minutes.
While the clock is ticking, all family members are responsible for
clearing out and putting away their belongings from the main family
When the timer sounds, you're all done. Give yourselves a warm round of
applause for all you've accomplished.
10 MINUTE 'WHEN I HAVE TIME' GOALS
One of the oldest phrases in the book is, 'I'll do that, when I have the
time.' Problem is, that time never seems to come.
If you REALLY want to do something, the time can generally be found
pretty easily. For example, if you just won an all-expenses paid trip to
the land of your dreams, you'd probably find time to fit it into your
busy schedule without much of a problem.
So, it's time to begin fitting in those things you want to do, and 10
Minute Goals can help. Schedule 10 minutes a day to catch up on your
reading, or to begin learning that
foreign language, or to simply spend having fun with your children.
Then, work on those goals when the schedule date and time rolls around.
10 MINUTE LUXURIES
Don't forget to schedule a few 10 Minutes Luxuries per day to do
something nice for yourself.
Sometimes the day is so rushed and chaotic, that it's easy to forget the
really important things like family, health, spirituality, personal time
and so on. Take that 10 minute vacation every day. You deserve it!
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