Chores you can do in a flash

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Sarah Welch and Ali­cia Rock­more, get­but­tonedup. com

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.

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