Now that you’ve had plenty of time to complete the first two segments in our 10 for 10 challenge, let’s move along in our challenge. Our next segment is: Midday! 10 tasks you can complete in 10 minutes in the middle of the day. Continue these tasks for the next 10 days and keep you mind on the present moment. Remember, we’re limiting each task to one one minute! It’s sometimes difficult to limit ourselves to just one minute when cleaning, but remember – we’re doing these tasks for the next 10 days.
10 For 10 – Segment Three: Midday
It’s Midday, and many of us are at work. Take a look around your office space. Let’s declutter!
1. Sort through your mail: Do you have a huge pile of mail sitting next to you on your desk? Take a minute today and sort through the mail you brought in or sort through the mail you’ve been pushing off. Recycle what you no longer need.
2. Declutter office supplies: Toss any pens that no longer work, empty notepads, etc.
3.. Opt out of junk mail: Do you receive a ton of spam to your inbox? Take a minute and opt out of the most recent ones to hit your inbox.
4. Declutter a folder on your desktop: Can you find what you’re looking for on your computer? Take a minute and pick a folder. Just 60 seconds – declutter that folder. Don’t have enough time to make it through the entire folder? No worries! Pick it back up tomorrow.
5. Recycle paper you no longer need: Expense reports you no longer need, invoices that have been scanned onto your computer, etc. Let’s recycle the paper we no longer need.
6. Scan in papers you need to keep: While we’re at it decluttering papers, do you have a stack you’ve been holding onto but don’t really need? If the “just incase” has been holding you back, take a minute and scan some of these files onto your computer.
7. Clear off your desk: If your desk is VERY full, clear off the closest area to you first. Just one minute here – a quick sweep and maybe a dusting. Pick up where you left off tomorrow and go for another minute.
8. Start organizing: If you don’t have an organization system in place yet, take a minute and start implementing one. Maybe start by designating a folder for bills or create a cubby for supplies. Start small – we’ve got 10 days to work on this space.
*9. Declutter any trash: Another task we’re borrowing from the morning, but it only makes sense. Toss the trash! Trash is one of the leading contributors to clutter, so take a minute and declutter any trash, including empty bottles, newspapers, receipts, food containers, etc.
*10. Cleanup paperwork: All paperwork. Yours & your kids. Get into the habit of filing your business documents at the end of the night, and help your children get into the habit of putting away their homework. Take one minute and begin this task this evening.
*9 & 10 are pretty standard for the past tasks – let’s keep them up!
Keep It Up!
The key to seeing results is to make sure you’re not cluttering up what you’ve accomplished every morning later in the day. Spending a minute each morning on these little tasks will help to cement them in your mind – try to stay aware of these throughout the day. This will also be a great experience for living more mindfully and staying aware of your actions throughout the day. Sounds like a win-win in my book!
10 For 10 – What Is It?
For part three, we’re going to tackle 10 decluttering tasks you can complete midday – all tasks can be completed (together) in under 10 minutes! Give about a minute for each task – these are not elaborate tasks, but as you do them everyday for 10 days the time spent will add up – soon you’ll be doing them in 30 seconds or less!
We’re limiting the time to each task to ONE MINUTE only. Often times we become overwhelmed with the amount we need to do to declutter and organize. Don’t stress!! You’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish in a minute – and by limiting the time we spend on each task, we can also limit the stress and anxiety tied to decluttering and organizing. Remember, we’ll be doing these tasks over the next 10 days (and you may even keep going longer, if you choose) so there’s plenty of time here.
View the previous segment here: 10 For 10 – Mornings
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For tips on how to begin your decluttering journey, you can Start Here, or snag a copy of the 30 Day Challenge (our Minimalism and Decluttering eBook).