A few months ago I attended a 2-day business/personal development conference in Salt Lake City. One of the speakers, Tiffany Peterson, introduced me to “The 15-Minute Rule” … and it is changing my life.
How many times have you decided not to de-clutter your desk, fold the laundry, wash the dishes, exercise, etc., because it was going to take “too long”? I can raise my hand to every single one of those. With so many things “to do,” so many remain undone because we feel like we don’t have the time, or we’d rather spend the time doing something else. Sound familiar?
The 15-Minute Rule gives you permission to tackle a project for just 15 minutes. It’s not about completing the entire project in 15 minutes. It’s about committing to change, and doing it 15 minutes at a time. Set the timer for 15 minutes, dive in, and when that buzzer sounds you have permission to stop.
Imagine how much nicer that desk would look after just 15 minutes of decluttering.
The 15-Minute Rule helps me stay focused. In those 15 minutes that the timer is counting down, I can give 100% of my attention (or nearly so with a 3-year-old running loose) to the task at hand. And those 15-minute increments are changing my life. My home is cleaner. I’m more organized. I feel empowered to change. I’m in control of my time.
And you know what else? The 15-Minute Rule shows me how much time a task really takes. Remember that pile of laundry waiting to be folded? I set the timer for 15 minutes. And I had the basket of laundry folded in 7 minutes. Just 7 minutes … and I thought it was going to take forever.
Take an inventory of the tasks you’ve been putting off because you’re afraid they’ll suck away all your time. Then pick one, set that timer for 15 minutes, and see what you can accomplish. Let me know how it goes!