Fifteen minutes does not sound like a lot of time. Don’t be fooled. Take advantage of a 15-minute time gap and make the most of it. Here are 10 ways to be ultra-productive in 15 minutes.
1. Clean Something
Girlfriend, your house does not need to be scrubbed with a toothbrush to sparkle. It is all about the speed clean. When my house is a disaster, 15 minutes can set the flow of our household back in place. I always start at the dishwasher. If it’s empty, fill it. If it’s full of clean dishes, empty it and fill it again.
Not at home? You can clean your car, your purse, or your email inbox all in 15 minutes or less too.
Clutter is pure evil and it will clog up your house and brain power. The quickest way to declutter is to grab a trash bag and fill it in 15 minutes. Look through your kid’s clothes first; what is outgrown, worn out, or something you just don’t like? Throw it in. Look in your own closet. Be real with yourself and cut emotional ties with your stuff. I just threw my dream skinny jeans in the giveaway pile yesterday because I told myself that if I lose the weight, I can buy whatever hot, pricey jeans I want.
3. Read a Chapter
I try to keep my phone or Kindle near me at all times. You can almost read a chapter in any book in 15 minutes. You can even read a chapter or two from the Bible. I usually have a 15-minute drive to Starbucks on my work days. During that time, I listen to an audiobook at 2x the speed. By the time I hit Starbucks, it is like I read for 30 minutes.
4. Write a Better To-Do List
To-do lists are powerful productivity tools, but they need to be done right. Don’t just dump anything and everything from your mind on your to-do list. You are just setting yourself up for failure if you write all of the work you want to do that day plus all the projects you have backlogged. Write down what you can realistically get done.
5. Write a Note
Jessica Turner from The Mom Creative said in her book The Fringe Hours that she carries note card with her wherever she goes. She uses her waiting time to quickly jot words of encouragement or a nice note to a friend or loved one. What a great way to connect even during your busy times.
Even if you don’t like to write, you can use a journal to dump your thoughts. Don’t think too hard about what you are going to say. Just go for it. No one is going to read it. You can even just list out things you are grateful for. I have a journal for each of my girls that I try to write a quick love note in often.
So many times I push back exercising because I don’t have a large enough chunk of time. Fifteen minutes can be plenty of time to raise your heart beat, walk a mile, or even do some yoga stretches.
8. Ponder Over Tea
Life is busy and it is easy for use to go, go, go – all the time. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and just stare aimlessly outside. No distractions, no anxious thoughts. Just look at how beautiful the sky is.
9. Set Your Inbox Up for Success
In 15 minutes, you can unsubscribe to several email newsletters and even assign commands for certain clients or people. Delete all unnecessary emails and organize the others into the right folders.
10. Enjoy Your Hobby
What is your hobby? Whether it be crafting or baking, many hobbies can be enjoyed in smaller chunks of time. You just have to get creative. For example, if you love to knit, keep a project you are working on with you always, or memorize a quick recipe for no-bake cookies. Fifteen minutes might not give you a lot of time for your hobby, but if you can spend 15 minutes pursuing something you love, you will feel more energized throughout the day.
What do you like to do when you have a 15-minute time gap?