I often hear people complain that they ‘don’t have time to get organized’ or time to work on a task that needs completing. One complaint that I most frequently is, “I hate to file papers and the piles of paper keep growing and growing. What should I do?” I have a simple answer that requires little time. Use a timer!

Set a timer for 10, 15, or 20 minutes depending on how ambitious you feel and begin filing. Once the timer goes off, you are done for the day. Do this either weekly, bi-monthly or monthly to stay on top of the paper clutter. With the ‘permission’ of the timer, you can go about your day without feeling the pressure or guilt the piles of paper bring into your life.

If you have other projects looming over your head and find yourself continually procrastinating on them, set the timer and go for it! Determine a fair amount of time per project and begin conquering the task at hand. You will feel a sense of peace and satisfaction once that timer goes off.

A timer is a great tool to use when decluttering, organizing, controlling paper, completing homework, and doing household chores. Have a timer located in various zones within the home. One in the kitchen, one where homework is done, one in the office, and one in the vehicle (great for time-outs while away from the house).

Example of Digital Timer

Example of Digital Timer