I learned this little trick about tackling the to-do list from David Allen’s best selling book, Getting Things Done (affiliate link). If you haven’t read it, it’s a classic that I highly recommend to ramp up your productivity. Basically, he recommends handling anything that takes 2 minutes or less right away.
Instead of letting all the “little” things add up on your to-do list, take care of them right away and get them off your plate.
Well, the same is true when it comes to keeping a clean and organized home.
Our house gets messy in the first place because we ignore the “little” things. Consider these examples:
- A cup sits on the coffee table instead of taking 15 seconds to take it back to the kitchen.
- Trash sits on the counter instead of taking 5 seconds to throw it away.
- Clothes are thrown on the floor instead of taking 10 seconds to put them in the dirty clothes basket.
- Toys stay on the floor instead of training our kids to take 2 minutes to pick them up.
- Beds go unmade instead of taking 90 seconds to make them up.
Ah…back to the bed. See how all the cleaning habits work together!?!
Starting today, take note of all the “little” things that you tend to ignore. I’m not judging…I do them too (probably more than you). But I do notice that when I take the time to tackle all of those 2 minutes or less projects, my home stays cleaner.
2 minutes here. 2 minutes there.
It’s completely worth it!