Overwhelmed? Try 15 Minutes
“Let’s try an experiment. How about working on it for 5 minutes?” I asked.
“Oh, okay” she relents.
I set the timer and told her to go as fast as possible for 5 minutes. She quickly grabs items one by one and made a decision. Some items needed to be returned to other rooms so I suggested putting them in the doorway for later putting away. Many items needed a quick glance and then ended up in recycle.
When the timer ended, she asked for 5 more minutes. So, I set the timer and said “Go!”
She quickly gathered “like with like”, filed a few documents and asked me to sign a card in my best little kid handwriting so she could send a card (her daughters were in school). Timer went off.
“Really? I think your timer is not working. That could not have been 5 minutes already! I want 5 more!” The last photo shows the results of a total of 15 minutes. What have you been putting off that could use 15 minutes of your time?