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Using a Timer to Stay Organized

You'll be able to accomplish more in less time

by Alyssa Avant  |  6211 views  |  1 comment  |       Rate this now! 

You have a list of things to do today but you are having trouble staying focused and getting things accomplished. You may be skipping from item to item or task to task. In order to better stay on task, you may want to use a timer. It will help you to not spend too much time on any one task and to get more accomplished in a shorter amount of time.

Most likely you have several items on your to do list that need to be accomplished. Decide which items you want to do first and how long they will take. Determine which task you want to tackle first, set your timer for the amount of time your predict it should take you and get to work.

Most likely you will be able to accomplish the task in your allotted time but, if not, you can always reset the timer to complete the task or you can move on to another task and come back to the first one later. It will be totally up to you, however, using a timer will help you to realize how much time your tasks take and help you to plan better for the future.

Another way you can use a timer is to decide that you will take a specific amount of time to do routine tasks -- especially those in your home or business that need to be accomplished but you may rarely get around to doing. These might be filing, purging email, or checking your website for errors or sweeping, wiping counters, cleaning appliances, or folding clothes. In an effort to do these more frequently and not get too bogged down in them, set a timer for 15 minutes, work on the task for that amount of time and that amount of time only, and move on. You will get something done, rather than nothing, and you will be surprised at how much you can actually accomplish in fifteen minutes.

As you can see, using a timer has many benefits and can be an asset to your staying organized and being able to check off each and every task on your to do list. So, if you have never tried it why not do so today?

About the Author

Alyssa Dees Avant is a Christian author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and business owner, when she is not speaking to audiences of young girls and their mothers, she is writing as a freelance and ghostwriter. Visit her on the web at or

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