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#1 of 114 Old 12-26-2006, 10:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been REALLY, REALLY working on having a positive attitude and making positive shifts in my life and thinking (Thank you God for Tracy! )

So...I am making a point to confront my procrastination head on and really find out how long it takes to do tasks around my house. For the next few weeks, a timer will be my bestfriend! I dread cleaning : This is my chance to turn that all around!

My first 10 minute challenge was in the kitchen.

In 10 mins, I washed an entire sink FULL of dishes! Not dried....the air can do that But I have dreaded my kitchen all day : And to think...10 mins and the kitchen is half way clean

So....what can you do in 10 minutes? :

Let's post our own challenges/successes to keep eachother motivated It takes less time then you think

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I remember when I realized that a sink full of dishes can be cleaned in 10 minutes. Maybe it took 13. I was astounded. I thought it would have taken a 1/2 hour.

I'm also amazed at how much I can get done during commercials. 7 dishes. Putting laundry away upstairs. Starting a new load of laundry. It helps me feel good and productive even when i'm slugging in front of the tv.
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I remember when I realized that a sink full of dishes can be cleaned in 10 minutes. Maybe it took 13. I was astounded. I thought it would have taken a 1/2 hour.

I'm also amazed at how much I can get done during commercials. 7 dishes. Putting laundry away upstairs. Starting a new load of laundry. It helps me feel good and productive even when i'm slugging in front of the tv.
Totally.

It is sad I can allow my procrastination to overwhelm me so badly : when really, it is easy and not that time consuming at all.

I REALLY need to stay positive!

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I have to laugh about this one because everyone looks at me like "where s the fire?" I just know if I don't do this or that quick there will be someone whining, crying, asking for food, to nurse, diaper, phone, or a million other things. I will say I need to take out the trash and then here comes distraction. So yeah it helps to pace myself. It helps with the annoying chores like cleaning the fridge or cleaning the inside of the van.
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Takes less then 1 1/2 mins to fill and set timer on coffee pot for the morning

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i need to get in on this.... and dh got me a new kitchen timer for christmas too, lol... i'll be back later to post what i managed to get done

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I've realized that it takes a lot less energy and time to just DO something, than to sit there thinking about it (and dreading it). For example, my Christmas tree was still up and decorated and I was really tired of looking at it. All week I was sitting there on the couch, looking at the tree thinking that I *really* need to take it down but I'm soooo tired! Last night, I finally got off my butt during commercials and took all the ornaments off it. Took maybe 5 minutes. Ten tops. :

This idea isn't new to me either. I "learned" this years ago. Thing is, I keep forgetting. :
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I like this idea! It's a little similar to something Iread on the flylady's website years ago, about tackling tedious jobs; do it for 10 or 15 minutes every day. In my case, it's the paperwork clutter; my counter is ALWAYS buried. I never ever manage to do it every day, but when I break an overwhelming job down into smaller chunks I'm more prone to doing it.

Ok- I'm going to time how long it takes me to fold and put away the 4 baskets of laundry I have upstairs later.
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Took 11mins to empty dryer, put wash in dryer, and start a load of diapers

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I love these. Really.

But, I wish we could put them in TAO or something every so often for accountability/reminders. Okay, soooooooooooooo I'm going to go make biscuits RIGHT NOW. Maybe then I'll do 10 mins cleaning away the dried out playdough stuck all over the floor.
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Takes less then 1 1/2 mins to fill and set timer on coffee pot for the morning
This is such a huge one for me, I dont know why! I HATE resetting the coffeepot, I will wait until the last possible minute and dread it all day. On the other hand, if I do it right when I get my last cup of coffee, the day carries a different tone....one would think I could learn from myself!!:
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I love these. Really.

But, I wish we could put them in TAO or something every so often for accountability/reminders. Okay, soooooooooooooo I'm going to go make biscuits RIGHT NOW. Maybe then I'll do 10 mins cleaning away the dried out playdough stuck all over the floor.
Cooking/baking.....that is a trouble area for me :

I always think it is going to take sooooo long

Need to work on that area BIG TIME!

And the playdough... too funny! : Sounds like my house!

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It takes less than five minutes to get breakfast (steel cut oatmeal) ready the night before.

If you cook it it the morning, it takes 30 minutes. If you bring it to a boil the night before and let it stand overnight - voila, oatmeal in the morning. I just turn it on to warm before I get in the shower.
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So I finished putting my Christmas decorations away, then moved onto picking up presents, then clearing dining room table... 3 hours later I had the whole dining room/living room cleaned, 2 loads of laundry done and 2 sink fulls of dishes washed. That includes (ruthlessly) sorting through 3 boxes of junk/paper that had been sitting in the corner for a year...or more.:

Dang it! I was only going to clean for 10 minutes!
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I also just did a 10 min challenge to clean all 3 of our little Bearded Dragon Houses!
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So I finished putting my Christmas decorations away, then moved onto picking up presents, then clearing dining room table... 3 hours later I had the whole dining room/living room cleaned, 2 loads of laundry done and 2 sink fulls of dishes washed. That includes (ruthlessly) sorting through 3 boxes of junk/paper that had been sitting in the corner for a year...or more.:

Dang it! I was only going to clean for 10 minutes!
That is wonderful! Good for you

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I also just did a 10 min challenge to clean all 3 of our little Bearded Dragon Houses!
How did it go?

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Folded and put away 3 loads of laundry Less then 10 mins

Keep in mind we have a family closet so everyones clothes go to the same place

Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013.   If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!

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10 mins to pick up my living room and straighten couches (granted.....all misplaced items went into a box )

Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013.   If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!

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Change load of laundry.....not even 10 mins

Make up and hair done (Ok....I wore a baseball cap )

Living room clean up

Dishes

Got all 4 kids dressed (maybe 12 mins)


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AngelBee, I'm loving reading all your accomplishments.

This wasn't a 10 minute challenge, but yesterday I cleaned out the little cupboard next to the stove, pulled it out and cleaned behind it, retrieved my fallen slotted spoon from behind the stove , and put everything back in the cupboard neatly. My dd helped and it only took about half an hour or so. I had been putting it off because I thought it would take forever.
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i know when i started to get DS to nap alone -- i was FLOORED how much i can get done in 20 to 30 minutes, and still have time to check e-mail before he stirrs and i go to him.....

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I need to start doing this again.

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I just saw and had to post as I was taking a break from cleaning when I read the post. I am alone for the morning so I set a timer for 10 minutes to see how much I could get done working quickly and without the tugging of two small ones. WOW! I did two sets of 10 and my 6 room apartment is suddenly presentable. It isn't perfect but not bad for only 20 minutes work. Now I know that if someone calls unexpectedly I can get the house ready pretty quickly.

Months ago I timed folding a load of laundry and found I could do it in 5 minutes. That was a real wake up call about procrastinating for me.

I hope this thread picks up again. I could use it!
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I did this a few days ago and was amazed at the difference in my living room... and now I do EVERYTHING by a timer!
Homework? 1/2 hour at a time
Cleaning? 15 minutes
Of course, baby time comes whenever Morrigan decides, so that doesn't get timed...

But I bet this would work for toddlers and younger kids, too.
"Hey, lets go clean your room for ten minutes. Ten minutes isn't a long time!"
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Opened two letters.

Prepped 4 checks to be deposited by mail to my bank.

Ordered 100 1-cent stamps online.

Didn't seem like I got very much done...

I think that is because my home office desk is piled WAY too high.
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Going to do ten minutes...

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Unloaded the dishwasher.
Brought the diapers up from the dryer (to put away tomorrow).
Wrote out my to-do list for tomorrow.

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This is such an awesome thread! I have so many annoying little tasks taht I've been putting off all week. I think I'm going to go set a timer and get to work. Or I could just see how many MDC threads I can read in ten minutes.....

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And, I'm back! I have a head cold so now I'm feeling a little dizzy, but in ten minutes I:
-Took out the bathroom and kitchen garbages.
- Took the recycling, which has been piled up on a kitchen counter, out to the bins.
- Scrubbed the kitchen counters.
- Washed some dishes (odds and ends like serving spoons and sippy cups) and put other dishes from sink into washer.
- Put a load of laundry into the washing machine.

Now I'm resting, but I need to go make a quick ten-minute dinner, if possible.

"If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
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