Get Organized in Five Minutes or Less.

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What if I don’t have enough time to get organized?

 

First, consider this: the average person squanders nearly 60 minutes, yes that’s correct, sixty minutes each and every day, searching for things in messy files, disorganized rooms, and unkempt closets. That translates to seven hours a week, a little over a day a month, or two weeks a year! But for most of us mere mortals, the real problem isn’t figuring out how to use the time we’d gain from getting organized, but figuring out when, where, and how to get started.

 

Yes, it does take some elbow grease to get and keep your things nice and tidy, but the truth, you’ll be relieved to know, is that it takes far less effort than you might think. Here are three things you can do in small windows of time that will put you on the right track.

 

Commercially clean. When your favorite show takes a commercial break, you should too! Use that time to straighten up the room, load your dishwasher, or dust. By the end of the show you will have capitalized on 18 minutes that would have been wasted in front of the TV.

 


Five minutes or less. If you take care of a task this size every time you have 5 free minutes, you will be buttoned up in no time! Here are some things to consider doing the next time you find yourself with five minutes on your hands. Clear out your voicemail box, put 20 pictures in a photo album, return an important call, toss the spoiled food in your refrigerator, clean out a bathroom drawer, sort the mail, or run the trash relay.

 

 

Stop the spam. Mailboxes these days are packed with catalogs and solicitations we didn’t ask for. Sifting through it all is a big incremental time waster. Send a letter to the address below to get off the junk mail list, include your request to “Activate The Preference Service” and put it in the mail!

 

Mail Preference Center
Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 643
Carmel, NY 15012-0643

mbehra67
11.07.07

I love the idea about straightening up during commercials. I can't stand to watch them anyway!

GrrrlfriendJess
09.05.07

I took twenty minutes and deleted all the pesky newsletters and store advertisements that clutter my email inbox everyday. I'm now getting at least ten less emails a day and have saved time deleting, reading and just caring about what is on sale. What a relief!

JanaZH
09.05.07

Great advice!!!! I would add, delete old sent emails as well with that 5 minutes before a meeting starts at work. electronic clutter kills...