Weekly Household Quick Tip

4
Feb
2013


Help for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner

Using a Timer

We are back into the swing of things on the blog.  For those who are new, each Monday I tackle a task listed in the Weekly Household Planner and share a tip or trick to make things go quicker, smoother or more efficient.  January had the Saving Money series, so now we are back to the normal flow of things.

One of the main reasons many moms dread cleaning the house is because it is so time-consuming and can be overwhelming – especially when you are looking at the big picture.  It often seems that there just are not enough hours in the day to get the house as clean as we want it, and that can be very discouraging.

One of the main reasons the Weekly Household Planner is so effective is small bits of time are captured in order to complete larger tasks.  We can manage to find 5-10 minutes to do a task and will not procrastinate whereas a larger job tends to overwhelm and keep us paralyzed.

If you tend to lose track of time, then you will want to use a timer.  I do this with a lot of tasks, not just cleaning or household tasks.  I can find myself at my computer answering email for longer periods of time then I want, so I will often set my timer for the time I have allowed so that I won’t lose track and get distracted.

So, do you have a timer that you can use?  If not, pick one up at the dollar store and keep it handy.  This technique also works great for your kids too.  When they are focused on tasks, set the timer so they can see the end in site.  My 3 year old has several of the little sand timers and we use them for picking up toys, brushing teeth, washing hands and more.  I love this set because you have different time amounts to choose from.

Do you use a timer to help manage your time?

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  • Tiffany

    Love using a timer. Sometimes when I do have a big task I will set the timer for 10 min, work on it and often find I am in a groove and finish it and then realize it was not THAT big of a task.

  • Maris King

    Hi there,

    I love these cute Kuchenprofi sand tea timers.
    Looked cute and I love the idea of using these sand timers.
    Worth a try.