Introducing my 15 minute project. I know someone, somewhere has already thought of this. But over the weekend, I thought of it too, and it motivated me. (In moments of inspiration, it helps to repeat after Auguste Rodin: I invent nothing; I rediscover.)
I have a to-do list of little things a mile long. I want to exercise just a bit more. I have a few things I've been meaning to do, but just never get at (like taking an inventory of the freezer). Sound familiar?
I've always been a new year's resolution sort of girl. Some things I give up right away. A few things I forget all about. But when I keep it simple & focus on a specific goal, I generally work doggedly toward it until it becomes a habit. This year I have one new year's resolution: to spend 15 minutes every morning in a useful pursuit.
I wrote all of my little to-dos on scraps of paper (okay, okay, color-coordinated scraps of paper) and stuck them in a jar. I included chores I haven't gotten around to, ways to move my body, stuff that just needs to get done, and some miscellaneous 15-minute delights:
climb the stairs
sort a drawer
write a letter
clean the kitchen sink
organize the baking cupboard
I have about 30 slips in all, plus a few extra blanks nearby for late-coming revelations. (This morning I added pedicure.) Most slips I will put back in the jar to be drawn again; a few can be torn up after their 15 minutes of fame.
To keep me on track, I plan to blog a bit this month about my 15-minute experiment. (And for the record, I am only obligating myself to work days.)
Want a jar of your very own? I'll write out up to 30 slips for a giveaway this month. Just leave a comment on this post with your own idea for one slip -- help me think of something that I might have overlooked or purge your conscience of a task you haven't gotten around to yet. I'll draw a winner on Tuesday, January 19th.