If someone would have told me that I could organize my life in 15 minutes, I would have laughed in their face. Come on! Maybe they can but I'm a member of a FOUR person family. I pretty much run the show here, while I work. There are TWO little people (and at times one big one) that rely on me for EVERYTHING! There is no way I can get my sh#t together in 15 mins.
Then, I met Belinda Ellsworth. Long story short, she is a direct sales guru. I heard her speak at our yearly Pink Zebra Reunion (conference) and what she said changed my life. Belinda introduced me to the Power Hour. Long story short, what I took away was that business and life can be broken down into 15 minute increments. Now, hear me out. You make a list of EVERYTHING you have to do today. You stare at it, you may get a few things finished and they realize that there is no way you can do it all. You deviate from the list, you find other things to do. Heck, you may even catch up on a Netflix binge (currently watching One Tree Hill...don't judge me). Been there, done that. I knew I had to make a change in my business (working from home and jobs around the house can be difficult to separate) and in my personal life before I completely lost my mind.
I was always saying that I didn't have enough time. Belinda suggested getting one of those 15 min increment planners and for 3 days writing down EVERYTHING you do. At the end of those 3 days, see how much "time" you have wasted. I didn't have to write it down. As soon as I actually thought about it, I realized that this was an organization and follow through problem, not a time problem. I started to look at my list from a different point of view. Instead of looking at the bathroom upstairs and thinking "There isn't time to clean it now. It'll take forever. I'll do it tomorrow.", now I think of where in my day I have 15 mins to clean the bathroom. Yes, I can scrub my bathroom in 15 mins and I do so when the kids are getting ready for school. The alarm goes off. They slowly get up and dressed and while that is happening, I'm cleaning the bathroom. That used to be a 15 mins of "wasted time" for me.
Step 1: Make a list of everything you can do In 15 minutes.
Organize linen closet
Organize medicine cabinet/first aid supplies
Unload/reload dishwasher. Scrub pots and pans.
Organize pots and pan closet
Wipe down cabinets and counter tops
Make school/work lunches
Pull everything needed for dinner
Shopping list (unless you are meal planning then you should be doing the list as you meal plan)
Organize night stands.
Organize hanging clothes
Organize socks and underwear drawers
Organize dresser drawers.
Unload, reload dishwasher. Scrub pots and pans.
Organize your shoes
Organized hanging close in closet.
Kids closet (one at a time)
Make your own cleaning supplies/detergent (yes, I started that. I'll let you know how it goes)
Laundry room itself
Fold and PUT AWAY a load of laundry
Clean off desk.
Organize 1 section of specific paperwork
Clean out your email
Declutter magazines and books
Scheduled Social Media time
Write "thank yous" or notes
Clean inside of car. (basic cleaning not crazy detailing like my husband does)
Clean all windows
Sweep/vacuum all floors
Swiffer or wipe down fan blades. (do it BEFORE you vacuum)
Go through mail
To do list for next day.
I am sure that there are even more 15 in activities. Please feel free to comment below!
Step 2: Make a list of your BIG projects
I keep an ongoing projects list on my refrigerator. Why? Well, sometimes, I have more than 15 mins. Or better yet, there may be a part of a project that I can complete in 15 mins. By keeping this list out in the open where I (and husband) can see, tasks are more likely to be completed and scratched off the list. (I love the feeling of scratching something off as being completed!)
Step 3: Make a schedule.
In step 1, one of our 15 min activities is to make a list of things to do for the following day. Do this BEFORE you go to bed at night. This is something that extremely successful people do daily (or nightly). Seriously, Google it. When you make your list, use two columns. One for MUST DO and one for IF THERE'S TIME. Prioritize your Must Do list and DO IT. If you look at your day in 15 minute increments, it is easy to schedule.
The whole point is baby steps. I know that my biggest problem was wanting to do everything right now. I was an ADHD cleaner (and yes, I do have ADHD) . I would start in one room and take everything out. I would wipe out drawers, clean under beds, etc. Then when it came time to put stuff away, I was perfectly fine until I found something that didn't belong. Instead of putting it to the side, or in a "needs a home" box, I would go attempt to put it where it belongs and then decide to clean that room! My husband would come home to a ransacked house ready to have a nervous breakdown. Fifteen minute organization didn't just help me, it also saved my husbands sanity!