Chores you can do in a flash
ORGANISATIONAL inertia is that ‘‘ stuck’’ feeling most people get when they think about a task they have yet to do, like cleaning out a messy wardrobe. The thought of the energy and time required to deal with a task is paralysing, so you procrastinate. However, getting momentum working in your favour is actually easier than you think. All you need is five minutes. Here are some thought starters for you. 1. Fold laundry: If you’ve got a basket waiting or items in the dryer set your timer for five minutes, somehow folding this way unleashes your inner ‘‘ beat the clock’’ competitor. 2. Pay bills online: Most banks offer this facility. It’s as easy as one or two clicks. 3. Make a meal plan: Think of some healthy, easy recipes for the next two or three days and organise shopping in one go. 4. De- junk a drawer: If you haven’t touched an item for 12 months get rid of it or recycle it. 5. Prioritise: Schedule your priorities for the day or week ahead. Sit down with a notepad each morning before you check emails. 6. Toss inkless pens: Test all pens in your bag or desk. If you find one with no ink, toss it. 7. Reduce your mail: It takes probably two minutes to go through a stack of mail while standing over the recycle bin. 8. Make your own cleaning solutions: Whip up homemade cleaning solutions in less than five minutes. Get free printable recipes and stickers at getButtonedUp. com/ tools 9. Reduce your future junk mail: Get on the do- not- mail list via updater. com 10. Breathe: Practice 3- 3- 6 breathing. Breathe in through your nose for three seconds, hold for three and exhale for six seconds. It alleviates stress, energises your body, regulates emotions and will make you more productive.