If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a sucker for productivity hacks. I love feeling productive and often feel a little bit anxious if I even let 5 minutes get away where I’ve done nothing (that’s a post for another day because that’s definitely not a good aspect of my personality).
Anyway, we all have those 5 minute blocks of time where nothing is going on. Waiting for the bus or the kettle to boil, wanting to get the washing out the machine but it still has 5 minutes on the timer, all those periods spent waiting for your partner to tie his shoes up (why this take 5 minutes, I don’t know, but it always seems to?)
I’ve recently written myself a 5 minute list – a list of things I can do that won’t take any longer than 5 minutes. Because, sometimes it’s really easy to spend 5 minutes scrolling your phone when you be doing something productive like putting the dishes away, plus saving yourself time later. Future you will thank past you, I promise.
Personally I don’t like to write my actual to-dos on the list, even if they will take less than 5 minutes. I prefer to write down those boring recurring tasks like making the bed or putting the washing on because there’s never a time when these don’t seem to need doing and sometimes it’s nice to just have that reminder.
So grab your notebook, take 5 minutes and write yourself a list to inspire you next time you’re waiting around. Here’s mine for inspiration.
- Read (something, anything, a short chapter of a book, your favourite poem, or just an article you keep meaning to read that gets sent to the bottom of your list).
- Text your parents.
- Write your journal (it takes no time at all and yet I rarely prioritise it.)
- Stretch (Your body wants and needs it!)
- Check your to-do list
- Send that email that’s been sitting in your drafts for weeks.
- Edit a photograph for Instagram.
- Put a 5 minute timer on and tidy away as much as you can.
- Put on clean bedsheets.
- Wipe down your kitchen sides.
- Put a load of laundry on.
- Do the dishes.
- Put away the dishes (my least favourite task in the world).
- Drink some water.
- Do 10 squats, crunches, cartwheels – whatever makes you feel good.
- Pay a bill.
- Meal plan your week.
- Check your calendar for the week.
- Cull your Facebook/Twitter/Insta friend list.
- Make coffee/lunch/date plans.
- Declutter one area of your house – but make sure there’s a 5 minute timer on so you don’t get carried away.
- Check your bank balance.
- Make that doctor’s appointment.
I’m slowly using my 5 minute list to help me get some of the boring stuff done, though it’s still not quite motivating me to put the dishes back in the cupboard.
Do you have a 5 minute list for getting jobs done? What would you put on yours? Let me know in the comments.