I was trying to clean up after dinner on one of my “husband’s gone” nights. It was one of those nights where you look at the mounds of dishes piled all over the counter (even after the kids load their own stuff) and just want to crawl into a hole and not come out. I also wanted to get the kids in their respective tubs so I could be “done” for the day, but I knew that I didn’t want to come back downstairs to the dinner mess, once everything had congealed and gotten even nastier. The kids were heading to the basement to play a new “game” they devised that always started out with lots of laughing and wrestling and always ended with them just beating the crap out of each other; I really wanted to head them off at the pass and say, “No! Upstairs and into the bath!”…but again, I wanted to be done with the kitchen mess. So I compromised. I informed them that I would set the timer for ten minutes. They could play and I would clean for ten minutes; then it was straight upstairs into tubs. I figured no one would get too injured in only ten minutes of playing, and even if I didn’t get everything in the kitchen finished, I would have at least gotten started.
Ten minutes. This is what I got done in ten minutes:
Completely emptied the dishwasher.
Rinsed and loaded all dinner dishes, including the crock pot insert.
Wiped down the table and all counters.
Pitched recycling into the blue box in the garage.
The only thing that didn’t get done in those ten minutes was setting up the coffee pot for the next morning. I couldn’t believe it. Now, I was booking it; I don’t usually move that quickly. But it really is incredible how much you can accomplish in a small amount of time if you just do it.
My second observation on time involves me being a total jerk. Do, please, forgive me for being a nag, just this once, and humor my rant. For all the people who say they just don’t have any time…..
Skip one TV show.
Get off Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for fifteen minutes.
Drop five three-minute You-tube videos.
Give up a round of Angry Birds.
I said to my husband the other day that it’s amazing the amount of time we spend not actually doing anything. I found out how much I could accomplish in a tiny amount of time….but I still have to decide to use my time wisely. It’s my choice.
Lecture’s over. Thanks for your patience. I will now return to my attempts to encourage and not berate.