15 Minutes or Less

What do you do with little snippets of time ~ 15 minutes or less?

This is some great advice I picked up in the book The Happiness Project.MakingGoodUseOf15Minutes

Can you relate to this?:

Oftentimes when I need to leave my house at a certain time or
I’m expecting a visitor or my husband to come home,
or if I’ve put dinner in to cook, etc… 

…I noticed that when I’ve had a few open minutes I would just waste them because
I didn’t think it was enough time to “do anything.”

I know I don’t have to be productive every minute of every day but I do like to be a good steward
of my time and when I started to think about it I realized
that by just using a few of these minutes I can squeeze a few more things into my day.

This is a list of things I’ve come up with that I can do in
15 minutes or less:

clean a bathroom

clean up the kitchen

straighten books and magazines in the living room

change out and/or fold the laundry

pull a few weeds

vacuum and dust a room

unload the dishwasher

straighten up the desk

play with our dog

read scriptures

call someone just to say hello

clean the front and back door windows

make the bed and open the blinds

iron a shirt

sweep the front porch

water my flower pots

write and send a thank you card

fill my salt and pepper shakers

wash door knobs/light switches/kitchen cupboard knobs

wash the front of the refrigerator

polish my fingernails

Have you read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin?
I loved it.
I’ve had her other book Happier at Home on my reading list for a long time ~ one of my
goals this year is to make time to read it!

I actually wrote up a review of The Happiness Project.  If you missed it you can [read it here].

What could you do if you had 15 minutes or less of slack time?
I would love to know what you would put on your list.

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3 Responses to 15 Minutes or Less

  1. Anne @ Domesblissity January 22, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Oh this is perfect Lori. I’ve been wanting to do a post similar to this for ages. So often we get caught up procrastinating when all along the actual job takes no longer than 15 minutes! Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursday last week. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne xx

    • Lori January 23, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Thank you, Anne, for the feature. You just made my day in a big way.


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