Is this familiar? You wake up, get ready for your day, go to work, come home only to get ready for your next day, and then what happens? You fall asleep. Somewhere in between, you’ve done a million things for your family, your job, and other important people and things in your life. You have a long TO-DO list and you want them TA-DONE already.  If this seems like your everyday, you’re not alone. Many people face this common problem.

Luckily, there is a small thing you can do on a daily basis to break the monotony of everyday. You’ll find that you have more time for the things you want to do and not just time for the things you need to do. It all starts with 15 minutes at the end of your day to set you up for a successful next day.

  • The first 5 minutes: Write down everything that you feel that you need to do that day.
  • The next 5 minutes: Go back over your list and ask yourself these types of questions:  Is this something I need to do today? Or, is this something I want to do?  If I do not complete this today, what are the consequences?
  • The last 5 minutes: Decide what your true to-do list is for the day. Throughout the next day be sure to check off what you do to see how much you’ve accomplished.

Believe it or not, this small investment is the beginning of managing your time and eventually your space. Deciding what’s important in your life leads you to deciding what’s important in your space. Maybe fifteen minutes doesn’t seem like enough time to rebalance your life, but it’s definitely a solid start.

How do you break the monotony in your 15 minutes a day?




2 thoughts on “15”

  1. Hi, I love the 15 minute exercise. I do it. One other thing that helps me is to write my to-do’s on index cards which makes me focus on the important things for the day. Compact and straight-forward. Thanks for the 15-minute advise.


    1. Hello! Using index cards is a wonderful idea to make your tasks concentrated and portable. If you have a cell phone, have you thought about using your notes application to keep track? Also, if you have a smart phone you may be able to download “apps” for virtual tasks lists. That method works for me beautifully. Thanks for your response!


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