My Number One Trick for Getting Things Done

My Number One Trick for Getting Things Done


March 19, 2018

The question I get asked most is, “How do you do it?” I have a lot of roles that I fill in my life (and I know you do too) and today, I’m going to tell you my secret for juggling everything and GETTING THINGS DONE.

 My number one trick for getting things done is TIME EVERYTHING!

This allows you not to waste a SINGLE MINUTE during your day! You’ll feel WAY less overwhelmed because you’ll know how long your tasks take.

How to time yourself:

  • Use a digital clock, kitchen timer, or the stop watch app on your phone (try to avoid using your phone if at all possible so your little ones don’t see you on it all the time). Don’t try to rush the task… go at a normal pace so you truly know how long it takes.
  • Use a notebook or piece of paper to write down what you are doing and how long it took you to complete the task. I recommend doing this for about 1 week to catch your most common tasks.
  • Transfer the jobs to our handy printout!

My staff and I came up with some examples of things you can do during these chunks of time:

5 minutes

  • Hang coats in the closet
  • Put shoes away       
  • Clean receipts out of your wallet
  • Restock and organize your RSD purse or diaper bag  :)
  • Collect dirty laundry
  • Make beds
  • Clean out junk drawer
  • Sweep kitchen & dining room floors
  • Wipe down the shower

10 minutes

  • Vacuum out your car
  • Dust and tidy up a bedroom
  • Empty the dishwasher or put away clean dishes
  • Print off recipes from Pinterest (but limit yourself to 10 minutes!!)
  • Wash dishes from breakfast/lunch
  • Give yourself a facial (yes please!)

20 minutes

  • Strip beds and make with clean sheets
  • Go through toy bin and get rid of any your kids no longer play with
  • Write a note to a friend or family member
  • Read your Bible or devotional and have prayer time
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Clean the bathroom

30 minutes

  • Complete monthly budget
  • Pay bills
  • Put clean laundry away
  • Organize a closet
  • Vacuum and wipe down the inside of your vehicle
  • Prep breakfast, lunch, snack and supper
  • Write a blog or podcast episode

45 minutes

  • Meal plan and write a grocery list
  • Listen to a podcast while picking up the house
  • Balance checkbooks and complete payroll
  • Fold laundry
  • Touch up wall paint!!!

60 minutes (POWER HOUR)

  • Return emails (again, time yourself so you stop at 1 hour)
  • Read a book or magazine
  • Clean and wipe out the fridge and freezer
  • Organize a bedroom (purge clothing in closet and drawers)
  • Make 4 freezer meals

***Please note, these are just recommendations! These tasks may take you longer/shorter amounts of time than we say and that’s fine!***

Use this information to help you block your schedule and plan your day. You won’t be perfect at it at first… which is OK! Just keep working through your system and soon, you’ll have it DOWN PAT! You will be AMAZED by what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it and focus your attention on only ONE task at a time.

We got this Encouragers!