Thursday, August 16, 2012

How I MAKE TIME! ( by special request) Part 1 and PART 2 will follow along with part 3

Good Day,  a big THANK YOU to those who sent in great timers, I will highlight as I go...It will help in telling my story!)  send me more for the next couple of chats.. ok  madamesamm@cogeco.ca



The one question I get more often then anything else..." Do you sleep?" which translates to  "how do you get sew much done?"  Let me share you this....


 compliments...debby kratovil's timer..
( I love this one) 

1st    I sleep on average  8 -9 hours every night!
2nd     I get everything done by this...

MY Timer , allow me to share...
( which btw is on its way to Oregon, more on that later)
I have a back up!



22 years ago I was sent to a 1 week training course, cost my company  $11.000  to send me..
I was not pleased because in those days, I really thought I knew everything... 
I thought my time would be more effective in the field!
Little did I know then, I really knew nothing, I  still don't.

Life is about learning and serving others,
 if any of you missed that memo. 
Let me refresh it for you today!


 compliments -this is Deborah's timer! 

I laugh when I get questions in my inbox, where you live, do you have more hours in the day
then we do in Uk, Germany, Netherlands, U.S.A, New Zealand, Japan, Canada.....?

NO, I have 24 hours in my day..IN fact I don't think I would be wrong in sharing
with you that I probably have less productive  hours 
in the day than most of you who only sleep 5-7 hours...

I will share with you, I do not WASTE time on the LITTLE THINGS!
My philosophy is-- deal with it, mourn it, and get over it!
I allow myself 24 hours to stew...while being very busy of course..


Back to this course I was sent on...there were exactly 100 who attended.
All were chosen from different companies who were at the top of their game!

Compliments from 
Maureen's tape timer...
( where can this one be found)

I tried to measure up to my companies expense in making sure
I put my best foot forward..I listened carefully.....

What our speaker was talking about was--- a TIMER
I had one...yeah...I think I even let out a "Yeeeees, I have one"...lol

 It was from that moment on for 6 more days, 
the speaker of the house who's name was PAUL
used me as his barometer to measure his audience
attention. Let me tell you WE all held onto every word
he spoke. We were not allowed to tape anything,
but we did all have pencils and pens and pads..
( the day, when we all did that, you know- write)  I remember still
today, watching around all the notes people were taking.
I took few...I watched PAUL, I listened, I was
mesmerized by his ability to keep my attention ...


How I MAKE TIME!
for 22 years I have followed this regimen!

ARE YOU READY?


compliments - just Carol..

1. I never ever drink any sugar drinks, that is fruit juices or pop.

WHY?

Because even though Paul was not a nutritionist
I wasn't either then, he knew this.

Sugar affects our brain for about 30 minutes.
According to the Journal of Gerontology, a study
revealed that mice took 30 minutes to complete
a simple maze after being injected with glucose..'
( this is what is in pop and  in most fruit drinks)

In humans it was measured by easy math.
FEW could do them when they drank a POP.

That was enough for me, I never drink pop, unless
I am sick, I have some ginger ale. And I think the placebo
affect takes over, as I was given this as a child. We all were!

Conclusion: If you drink say 4 pops a day on average more or less.
YOU Have LOST 2 hours...YOU are just there, you really
are not on task,  you are occupying space, think about it!


compliments - Petra
2.  The night before jot down 3 things you want to complete...JUST 3 for the next day.

Why?

I remember this like yesterday, Paul said, 
" if you don't have a plan, you will
be part of someone else's"
We all looked at each other...gives us more....

I am slow on the uptake when it comes to jokes, 
I usually have to have it broken down lol..
but this made perfect sense to me..Does it to you?

I still PLAN on completing 3 things every day...
Now I am talking about hard things...
Give yourself a break...

Here is an example.

Call 1 person, and tell them how much you appreciate them -  ( 31 min) TIMER

Prepare a meal in the morning for the evening, prep everything, cut veggies, 
marinate meat, dry or wet, put everything on the counter  ready to go- ( 27min) TIMER

Clean your bathroom thoroughly ( only 1 bathroom) ( 23 min) TIMER


This was mine last night.

Write this post  ( 1 hr 11 min) TIMER

Send Erin info pck for special project (5 min) TIMER

Empty out sewing room ( 1 hr 7 min) TIMER
( I did complete this in 23 minute intervals...go check
blog, come back clean, get supper read, clean room)


Conclusion. If you did this everyday, you would be able to balance your life
better. I think it was  gpc who asked " is this going to take self- discipline?"
I would say the only thing that will take some discipline is writing
down your 3 things. ( 3 minutes) TIMER. 

Think about this, have you ever heard?.....

"If you want something you never had, 
you must be willing to do 
something you have never done!"

 22 years ago....I had never done these 2 steps. ...
But I was willing to give it a try...
and 22 years later, I am still doing them.

YOU all have been asking, whether it be verbally, a written note
or thought..." HOW in BEEP does she do it" lol

I am sharing with you how....

I don't want you to carry a TIMER with you every minute of the day..

But I do want you to try this for 1 week...

What is Today? Thursday in North America.

Let's meet back here next Thursday,
Aug 16th
we will be in our blog hop 
Bowls with Borders...
( this won't be posted till late that day...
4 pm EST)
Cleared it with Carol ..

JUST ONE WEEK, and then I will share more
There are 3 more  steps ! 
A serving at a time...

DEAL? ( you have 5 minutes here to let me know)

Me, I have completed this task
with a minute to spare lol


ps. the next blog hop for early 
October will be announced tomorrow.
along with our next cheerleader of your team
Yeah!



   







168 comments:

  1. I am so all over this tip ... I will begin tonight with my list of three things. Thank you for the very insightful share!

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    1. ahhh good...so today is your day...do it, live it, enjoy it....gosh I am starting to sound like a speaker lol
      I was btw. x

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  2. Hmm considering how scattered I get when I go about my day, I can see how this would be useful!

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    1. Ahh good Ali, this may be just the thing you needed to read today!

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  3. Okay, I am up for this....after I clean the pool first thing in the morning, then the dressing rooms, water the container plants by the pool, wash the walkway after DH's breakfast is prepared, breakfast dishes put in dishwasher and I enjoy the wonderful company of my DD and her beautiful daughters (here on vacation). I can do this...honest I can! (smiles) Then off to work (summer job) at the pool. The walk to work is 15' out my door fortunately. Now the list of three things? Where to begin? I am so glad I dropped the pop from my life a couple of months ago, I gained the much needed 2 hours. Okay, I splurged.... a bit more than 5 minutes to do this simple task.

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    1. HI Susan, ahhh those things are things you probably do every day...I am not talking about that...do 3 things that you have not done...
      Once you plan it the night before, despite all that you do every day...YOU will find a sense of accomplishment...AGAIN they don't have to be hard things at first...now get to it lol

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  4. I am so intrigued with this post. That is two of them in as many weeks have affected me in a positive way. Thanks!!

    glen

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    1. Hi Glen, and the other one was? SEW are you in?

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  5. You know I'm in for this--who doesn't need more time in their day. Did you look at your bathroom and think, "This will take me 23 minutes" or did you just estimate that amount? Or, do you stay in the bathroom until the timer goes off at 23 minutes whether you're done or not? How do you figure out how much to set your timer for? I know, questions, questions, questions, but I'm slow in comprehending stuff because it is my bedtime, I'm tired, and I've used up all my minutes for the day. Can't wait to put this in action. :O)

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    1. I was wondering the same? Inquiring minds want to know? :)

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    2. The bathroom thing...well I will admit I do it quicker than that...what is funny here. Prior to timing myself, it would take longer...I used this as a game...how fast can I get it done, that is sparkles..23 minutes will be more than enough time for YOU and others to do it...and WHY? because you wil be challenged to be the clock....

      How do you know what to set the timer for...? GREAT ?, Do a reasonable time , for instance I give myself 1 hour each morning, after my 23 minute breakfast on the deck, I use my timer, go to my mac, 1 hour. When 1 hour is up, I resume my day. I do another 1 in the aft. and 1 hr at around 5.
      For me with the volume of stuff I have with this blog. 3 hours each day is what I can do. SEW you try a timer say for cleaning 1 room in your house...
      next time skim off a few minutes...YOU do my doing. Does that make sense?

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    3. Total sense. Nothing else makes me want to clean my bathroom, so if I timer helps then I'm in. :O) I already have three things in mind for tomorrow.

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  6. I have been waiting....anxiously for this post! I know I have asked myself many times..how does Madame Samm get so much done??? I have done the routine of 20 minutes cleaning then 40 minutes quilting/blogging but I love the idea of making a list with 3 things I want to complete each day! Now I am off to create my list before bed so I'll have it when I get up in the morning. Thanks!

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    1. Morning Connie, and yes that is good that you are doing that...that is your routine...With adding 3 things you are not doing, or have put off for instance, there is a sense of tremendous satisfaction when you have done these things...YOU will note, your life will certainly have more meaning...

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  7. Oooh I will give this a go too - I think I am quite good at organising my time when focussed but recently I seem to be pottering around the house not achieving much and I am sure its because I havent been keeping a Things To Do list throughout the holidays!

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    1. Good Afternoon Vicki, get your pad of paper out..place on fridge or wherever you will be seeing it.. YOU can do this!

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  8. Some food for thought Samm. My good friend Judith is super organised and it comes from working in an office where the she was told never to pick up a piece of paper twice - meaning, deal with it and then file it away and I guess this is where you are coming from too. In my mess and fuzzy brain I am trying to apply this logic to the rest of my life. I shall keep tuning in and I shall try it out. I can see how you were captivated by the talk.

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    1. Nice to see you Shirley, it has been a long time, you have been missed. And yes Paul is always with me...He passed a few years ago, but his legacy lives on in his students... He taught us all things that get results time and time again. I know I would never have such a sense of purpose had I not applied his steps... Sew yes, you can do this....you just needed some tools...I have some ! lol

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  9. I will give this a try! WOW. There was a little light bulb moment here. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. HI Heleen, don't you just love when we get that feeling...WOW, with you ....

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  10. It makes a lot of sense. I try to start too many things in one given day and find it hard to complete much because I run back and forth too much. I am going to try and set a time for myself to stay with one thing before moving to the next. It will take some discipline on my part but it will be so worth it!

    3 things ... I can do that! Thanks Madame Samm!

    First order of business is to set a timer by the pc!

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    1. Hello Thearica, I don't like to think it is sew discipline as it is determination... Be determined to do it...put your foot down and say " I will do it" lol

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  11. 3 thingsOK I can try that. I'm really sick right now, but 3 things I can do that. I feel like I need a 'house elf' or is it a 'house brownie' from Harry Potter, just to get the laundry put away, and the mess straightened up in the house.

    so some of my 3 things may take me more than a day to accomplish. I've always been a good list maker, just never used a timer to do it.

    One question I have, if you are close to getting it done and your hr allotted is over do you stop? or time how long it takes you to finish it????

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    1. Hello Carolyn, here is to a speedy recovery. For you 3 things could be easy ones...and get that timer out...as you can see, there is a nice variety available....

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  12. OK, it has taken more than 5 minutes to think of what to say. I think that means I need this, I know I want it. Hubby is gonna shake his head at another list on the table! That's OK, wait until he finds out-he's my timer!

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    1. HI Evelyn..... Ohhh that is ok...that thinking is a good thing...the task was to stay here for the 5 min...and then write lol
      Oh hubby is in for an awakening..He could do it to...you set tasks for him ..and give him a timer wink...

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  13. This is my life story right now - "if you don't have a plan, you will be part of someone else's" and I did not even realize my days have no purpose. I am trying to take back my independence during this particular time in my life - it would certainly work better if I had a plan of three things each day instead of letting each day evolve. Thank you Samm for this light-bulb moment and look forward to more.
    It may be small steps until I get stronger, but trying to move forward. Judy C in just 7 minutes.

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    1. Good Morning Judy...Ohhh they will have purpose again, it is hard when one it not at her 100% fitness. Be determined , you will indeed get some things done.again not biggies...try small, but things you put off... and yes you are more than welcome!

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  14. Looking forward to trying this out ! Used to do the 45 min study and 15 minute break when in nursing school. This should be a fun challenge. I think I''ll add a timer app to my cell phone since I always have that in my pocket. ( no excuses then for losing time). Excited to see the next 3 steps.

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    1. HI Roxanne...I will be touching on the studying part in one of the steps..you may be surprised... I know you are up for the challenge...want to hear about it next week..ok? lol

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  15. Madame Samm I found this very interesting and since I just moved, I can breath a little easier and I am going to challenge myself to your challenge...I know I need something to manage my time more efficiently so this will be my challenge..thanks for sharing

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    1. Hi Sharon... I know sometimes we just need a better tool...your tool and everyone elses is getting the tool ! lol

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  16. Cool post! I'm in!! FYI - I gave up pop years ago and I have a timer in the kitchen, the sewing room, and my office - and I'm still always looking for one of the silly things. I use them as reminders to go check the oven, etc. I also set them to put a limit on how long I'm going to work on something (like brushing the dog). Can hardly wait to see what your next tips are.

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    1. HI Pat, yours could be putting all those silly things in a drawer or see through basket...or you know those wire ones if there is not a lot of small things...I have learned by doing... use the timers now...set a time.. I know you can do this..

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  17. It sounds like it was an interesting seminar. I'm going to give it a try too.

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    1. Good Morning...I don't know your name..next time please share it with me...for now N.M. glad to hear you are going to try it... do you have a timer

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  18. Mme Samm.... no sugar drinks...easy peasy, that will probably be the easiest thing you ask me to do. I can count on one hand how many pop I drink in a year. I like this....'deal with it and get over it', promise I will practice that!! You are coming through loud and clear. My list is made and with family coming Sunday evening and leaving on Thursday early afternoon I need all the tips I can get. Thank you...you are the sharpest tack in the box!! xop

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    1. HIi There Pauline ...I am with you..I never understood the appeal to pop...it always made me thirsty..lol and the quote is deal with it, mourn it and get over it...lol YOU can do this now... Get yourself a nice timer...it will be your friend...I want all the ones above lol

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  19. You are so right. As a teacher of middle school students I live on a timer. I have to have balance so that I can have a safe classroom. Everything must go like clockwork. Idle time leads to idle minds. I wake up 3 hours earlier to read my blogs, emails, etc . I prep dinner or even make it before I head off to work. I may start a load of laundry or hang it to dry if hubby started it. By doing things this way, I have a head start on my day and when I get home I can stitch or garden.

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    1. Hi Fiesta...I don't know your name either...is it Fiesta? Yes your schedule is what you every day it sounds..and that is wonderful...I used to do the same when my kids were all at home... Do you do things at home that need your attention and time yourself? Now that I know you can do...

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  20. I'm in :) Now to add a timer to the grocery/weekly list! Love this idea, should be an interesting week.

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    1. HI Mallorie , a good thought..need the tool! up above are some interesting ones..and Amazon has a slew of them.

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  21. I am very interested in this. Writing three goals is an interesting concept.
    I have used the timer before to try to get some sewing done. I will be watching for the next post.

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    1. Hi Carrie.. it is not goals really..those are things in the future..think of it as tasks..you want to do them, you don't...set a timer lol

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  22. I, too, am asked how I get so much done in a day. My answer has always been - "you just do it - don't think about it - just do it"... I have always been a list person - so this will be easy. But I do enjoy a can of pop - diet Coke - no sugar. Guess I'll stick with iced tea - no sugar - or water with lemon - or is lemon out? Time for me to just go do something - like get ready to go to one of my five quilt bees! lol

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    1. HI there Elaine...how is my PP teacher? lemon is great, and honey to sweeten...it does not give you a rush...honey takes longer to be absorbed..better for your pancreas too... and yes it sounds like you have always been this way..but are their things you have been putting aside..?

      enjoy your day you quilting B you !

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  23. bless you my dear madamme samm ! The world is going to be smiling brighter tomorrow with all of these women setting their cute timers :)! When my kids were little my timer was my secret weapon... kids would do anything with the timer set. I use a timer for me but not consistentently. Today in admiration for all you accomplish i am digging my little skillet timer, that my daughter gave me, out of the drawer. It will be my visual to remind me to set my timer... I will have to use my stove timer because my dogs go crazy with the tick tick tick. For all the women who are waiting on pins and needles for next thursday and our next coaching session... 10 - 15 minutes on your timer is a good place to start with any task. Have you ever played beat the timer with your kids. works great for things you are not crazy about doing.
    burning daylight here as my husband says.... gotta run. Janita

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    1. HI Janita... Your note was lovely...and yes when my kids were young..I would set a timer for each one of them to see who could clean their room, get dressed, use the bathroom...and there were rewards at the end of each week for the one who did things well and fast lol. All of my kids today, now use timers with their children...They have quite a collection of timers...I only have a couple...but I would like more now lol To show..you..

      By the way ladies...I need more pics of timers for next week...madamesamm@cogeco.ca

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    2. madame samm, I am sending you pics of my skillet timer and my little pig timer that I use with my grandchildren as soon as they download on my dinosaur computer : ) I'm smiling already today thinking about your children scurrying around doing their chores to win prizes... you must have been the bomb mom : )! My kids were deprived of prizes and i'm not going to tell them either there should have been prizes with our timer madness. HA Ha. They say, Ignorance is bliss sometimes right;o). And yes I have used my skillet timer already this morning (out of range of the dogs hearing)! It is going to be a great day... happy timer trails to you today! janita

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    3. Sounds like you are doing great and you have wee tots helping out. I think I was a very good Mumm but that is me..lol My kids have never come back lol They are leaders, all of them, I find myself chuckling at things they say to their kids that i said to them...lol I guess I was a bomb lol all the best for the rest of your week. Thx for pic

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  24. I'm glad I signed up as a follower through the Christmas Hop. Lots of science and common sense about writing down your goals at night before sleep. I'm definitely in this week and already looking forward to next week's post. Oops - time's up - gotta go!

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    1. HI Barb...sew glad you did to...and look did you even think we would be adding another TOOL ?lol

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  25. I'm going to try this too, now I just need a timer :)

    Thank you

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    1. Yes Robin..that is a must...lot's of choices out there...your 1st task...

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  26. Love this, and am definitely going to give it a try!!!

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    1. Hello Teresamm, next time add name..sew I will know you ..ok..?
      and glad to hear...do you already have a timer lol

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  27. Thank you, Madame Samm, for this valuable lesson. More interesting than any quilt lesson.
    I will pin this post right away! Can't wait for the second part.

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    1. hello GETA from across our Atlantic Ocean...well this lesson will most certainly help in your quilt designs..oh yes lol...
      do you have a timer..what does it look like?
      how is everything...miss you!

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  28. I am hooked. I feel that I have great intentions of getting something done but my time just drains away and I have achieved nothing. I am going to put a notebook and pen beside my bed tonight to write my three things for tomorrow and will buy myself a timer. Roll on next Thursday (I don't really want to waste my time until then but I want to know the next tips). Thank you from sunny Dublin, Ireland

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    1. Hello Linda in sunny Dublin, I have been there..it is sewwwwww beautiful...OHHH our task on hand...yes my dear, you get yourself a timer...
      we will start there lol.

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  29. Great post, since my timers are on the oven and microwave, I'm off to buy a portable timer today. Not sure how you used the timer, did you allow yourself just so much time on the timer to complete each task? I make list for the month-------a little overwhelming when you look at it. Then at night, when I am trying to go to sleep, I think about tomorrows task. Obviously, it means I can't sleep, like last night when I am still awake until 2:30am. If I put three things on a list in the evening, I don't have to think about it while trying to go to sleep. Such a simple concept. I'll be glad when the Olympics are over, although I have enjoyed every minute, I am staying up too late. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hello Betty Lou, ok first do not do long lists...they don't get done, if they did you would not have a long list lol.
      yes get a timer..
      and try not to write anything before going to sleep...do it 2 hours before..more on that next week.
      we need our sleep..use a dvr...
      and you are welcomed

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    2. Thank you Madame Samm--------another lesson to learn, I already made my list for tomorrow and mentally thinking about Saturday and Sunday. From now on i will do it in the evening and try not to think about it during the day. Memo to self, put tasks on the list, go to bed and forget about it.

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  30. Fantastic post! Thank you for sharing! I am trying hard to do this myself these days, I think 3 things are way more doable than the laundry list I always write down. Thank you!!!

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    1. HI Melissa, yes only 3 things..not your regular routine. Say you are one of those people who take 1 hour to get washed dressed make-up..she could save time with a timer...challenge herself, to do in 33 minutes lol yes get a timer..

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  31. This has really intrigued me....I have an "El Cheapo" timer in my kitchen....will get it out, and I'm in! Looking forward to the next "serving." LOL
    Hugs to you, sweetie!

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    1. Jacque dear...yes intrigued is good...make sure it works...it will be used a lot lol see you next wk.

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  32. You know this makes perfect sense, item one buy note pad lol.
    No really I have plenty of pads to write on. I think I will get more accomplished if I make a note to do 3 things.

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    1. Hi Debbie and of course you will....actually a note pad .....oops almost let that one slip..see you next week on that one..
      but yes 3 things...yes missy you can do it

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  33. lol...I was just saying that to my husband an hour ago. If you (not me ;) could just do ONE ___ (I've lowered it) every day just think where it would be. Thank you!

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    1. HI Corrie, ahhh did I read your mind yesterday right..that is what happens....x

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  34. These sound like pretty practical steps and I love the idea of just 3 things on the list above and beyond. Now...to think about tomorrow! One day at a time, right?

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    1. Yes Lesley, One day at a time...wasn't their a show way back when with that name lol
      it does sound practical..but how many do it..

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  35. Makes perfect sense.
    I started using the timer with my sons when we were homeschooling. Breaking tasks (or studying) down into bite sized chunks of time works wonders. Since my oldest son still uses my timer for keeping himself on track... I need to go get myself another timer - one just for me! lol

    Thanks for sharing this, Samm. I'm looking forward to the next installment from you on time management.

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    1. Ahhhh Katherine...you already know about the value of our time...and time management I like to think of it as managing our time lol

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  36. Thank you for this suggestion! I find myself just wandering throughout the day, if you know what I mean. The three goals are manageable and the timer is the disciplinarian. I love it! Might have to rush out and buy me a cute timer and see if it works for me.

    I hope you don't mind, but I will be referring to this post in my blog tomorrow in hopes it may inspire someone else.

    Thanks again!

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    1. HI Jeannie..yes share away and yes you need one...but you will find something unusual about using a timer...I won't say it ..cause I know..
      but you become .... almost slipped out...lol

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  37. I've always used a list to work off of. I also use my voice memo on my Iphone to get things done. I have a timer and I have things to do that I don't want to do so I'm definitely going to try your suggestions. Thanks for the suggestion about the timer. I've never thought of that one to keep me on task!

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    1. HI Linda...ahhhh we are always learning and if we aren't well they are not here ......lol

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  38. Great tips, Madame Samm! And great info about the sugared drinks. I've also heard that it shuts down your immune system for that period of time. Not normally a pop-drinker - It may be hard to give up my Friday night pizza/root beer float... Love the 3 goals - so much more doable than eating the entire elephant. I'll try it this week - I've just been trying to keep a balance on the tightwire every day - "need to do" vs "want to do". I have a timer - I'll try it and see you again next week!

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    1. HI Deonn.....ahhhhh I knew you would approve... sugared drinks do more than that...take a peak at that chapter in my book...remember....
      3 is the magic number...at the end of the week ...7 x3 wow 21 things I did not do last week .lol

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  39. As I am turning 66, I am preparing for hand surgery. I have worn 3 places in my hands down to bone on bone
    and I have always been a consumer (cokeaholic, not by brand Pepsi or Coca-Cola, ) loved them both and constantly had one going and weight going up and up, switched to diet and had stomach ache for 6 weeks but
    lost 25 pounds and have stayed at a good weight even through quitting smoking but I have a bad case of osteoarthritis. I have always wondered if there was a connection? This little interruption in quilting will consume 3 - 4 months but allow time for a lot of reading and studying. I hope to be ready to go- so set those timers!!! Can't wait for all of the tips!!!

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    1. HI Peg, this is good news for you...imagine what you will be able to do later.. And yes I am afraid your culprit did not help you at all ( pop)
      I look forward to your progress...all the best Peg

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  40. I must be channeling you - I started listing 3 things I wanted to accomplish each day about 8 months ago, and although I have fallen off the wagon a few times, I do get way more accomplished when I stick to it. Thanks for the reminder!

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  41. Okay...I am a list maker by nature and I have a timer. I tend to try and multi task my way through the day. It does lead to scattered brain syndrome. I will give this a try and can't wait for the next lesson.

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    1. Hi Charlotte...how you been? lol yes try it ..not the same as a list...this really does work...as I sit with 3 screens...typing to you and reading off another lol

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  42. Samm, this is great advice. You are such a wonderful motivater. I don't own a timer but I will put it on my list to buy one tomorrow. :-D

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    1. Hello Rene well thank you for that...and yes you will need a portable one...x

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  43. Thank you for reminding me of this! I don't know why I forgot!!! I used to use a timer to help keep my little "attention deficit" students on task-"Try to do the next 3 problems before the timer goes off". I also used it to help my sons do their chores - "you can finish vacuuming the living room in 5 minutes or less. Let's set the timer." Your suggestions are all so good. I can't wait for the next!

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    1. Hii Linda...i have friends who have used your ex too,it helped them through those difficult days...you must have been a wonderful teacher,no surprise....this is a little different...try your 3things you put off.

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  44. I'm in. This sounds like a great way to focus on those things that aren't necessarily fun. I can always fit sewing and eating into my free time it's the bathrooms and the rest of the house etc that need the timer. Back in the day I had a cleaning person and I was always amazed at how quickly she could clean the house. I guess having another house to clear after mine was like a timer. The pop and fruit juice are no issue. I currently drink about a glass of pop a month and a mouthful of fruit juice a week. Won't miss them at all. Selina

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    1. what a great observation... You were right Selina.. That would have been her timer...now to get everyone with their own timer....
      Stuff in maul tomorrow...yeahhhh

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    2. first day went really well. Of course MJ needed to have the concept of the challenge explained to him so he knew not to get between me and the timed projects. Got 3 things done that really needed doing but were being totally ignored.

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    3. Way to go Selina..and how did you feel? are you ready to do it again? Good on ya !

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  45. Ah, I needed a refresher course in this plan! I used to be good about writing down the three things but somewhere along the line it dropped off. Hmm...I'll plan 3 right now 'cause hey, no time like the present, right? So, a refresher course is good, but maybe I need a swift kick to go with it.... :O)

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    1. Hi duff, the swift something is on its,way ...you should feel it about. NOW lol

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  46. Wonderful info and advice. Thank you.

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  47. Super. Thank you. I always get more done when I write a list, but your idea is better than my list-making. Thanks for sharing. You've thrown down the gauntlett and I accept! [2min].

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    1. HI Cyn, and I accept too...2 min...really good !

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  48. I am definitely going to try this. I waste so much time since I have been retired. I got more done when I was working...budgeted my time much better back then! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Thanks for sharing... Lists work... I get more done when I write it down! I am my own boss so I have to make lists everyday! I'll be back on Thursday too! THX again!

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    1. HI Marcia...3 on a list works better...and a timer ..that is important..see you next week

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  50. I make lists every morning and sometimes they carry over to the next day; that's ok. I have a little journal book with space for each calendar day and that is the best thing to help me REMEMBER. I can always remember to eat, sleep, exercise, etc, because they are part of my routine. It's the "one time" things I have to write. A very great blog posting. Everyone on earth has the same amount of time each day - no one gets a special allotment.

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    1. Good Morning Debby, you sound like you are doing it well except for the only 3 things a day...and a timer...you may not need this exercise at all ...lol

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  51. I am a total list maker, I'm all over this, lol!

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    1. HI Kris...it is just a small list though 3 things ..

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    1. HI Patricia...this would be good for you...managing your time with the same discipline as your running..

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  54. Wow! What a challange! I'm in!

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    1. HI Pauline..you too..yes jump in but with your timer

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  55. This is awesome! What a great way to focus and to be more aware of time management and how little time it truly takes to do some things! Thanks so much for this post! I've only been reading your blog since July but wow, I am in awe! I do have a basic timer at home, 2 actually that are portable, so I can definitely use those around the house!

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    1. Hi, aiah, not sure that is your name..please let me if it differs...YOU only need one timer, ( I have a few) but this exercise only needs one good one that has 55 minutes...lol Glad you found us..

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  56. Oh I so get this logic! I am in, timer going to write this, and will be done in less time than I knew possible ! (iPad permitting!) lol.

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    1. HI sweet Trudi...yes that is what is LOGIC...makes sense, but until people do it, they don't get it..trust you will..there is more..lol

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    2. I did my housework by timer tonight, worked a treat! I need to make my list for tomorrow :). It's a good enhancement to me focusing on tasks that I write in my diary

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    3. Ohhhhh Trudi, I. Know I know...I have been doing this for .22yrs....wait till you see yourself in a week ...you will just love you more lol

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  57. As usual some straight forward sensible ideas. I have had a "tomorrow plan" for years, it was the only way of making a family and a teaching career work. I will start puting down my 3 things on paper each night and give a big fat tick when I complete.See you next week.

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    1. HI Teresa, don't do it too late, it will keep you up...2 hours before you go to sleep..you will know more next week.

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  58. Great idea! I have a timer...will learn how to use it... and meet you back here in a week!

    Thanks!

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  59. Great advice. I went to a conference with kind of the same idea. its amazing how much you get done when you take the time to time...lol

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    1. Ahhhhh I think I have been an example...what 2 yrs now lol I think some will get it ..why and how I do it now lol

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  60. I am doing this starting tonight. I am going to use my Samsung Tablet for my list of 3 things. I have been doing something kind of like this now. When I put a load of laundry in my washing machine, I try to get my dusting and vacuuming and straightening done in my living room, dining room and kitchen before the cycle is complete. Thanks for much for the inspiration, I am looking forward to being more productive, starting tomorrrow!!!

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  61. Oh Judy, you have done a lot...that is great, now you can do more with less,effort...wait and see..lol

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  62. Love this timer idea! I try to get 30 min sewing in a day or accumulative at the end of the week and this -its perfect! I do use lists and am so much more productive when I can cross something off that list and move on to the next. Thanks, I will be back :)

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    1. Great Ginny...lists people like this..however if you only do 3 and they can be simple tasks that get overlooked, or another which is pushed away all the time, by using a timer...well you will see..stick to only 3 per day...see you soon

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  63. I rarely drink a soda but do need to give up on the sugar...great advice.

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    1. Hi Barb....yes sugar can really be bad for us as we get older...nothing happens overnight but sugar overtime, especially artificial sweeteners
      "takes "a lot from our bodies.. thank you...see you again?

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  64. A lot of people that know me ask me the same question as you get asked " How in the bleep did you do all that with only 2 days off from work? Hello..............take charge of your minutes, don't let your life disappear before your eyes. Live every minute of it, because no one is guaranteed tomorrow. I love your advice, and will be watching to see what else you share.

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    1. HI Ann Marie..how ya doing? you are sew correct...and if you use a timer and list 3 things each day, they will be calling you more than bleep lol

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  65. Oh my, just in time! Only found you today via bowls blog hop particpant Carrie P in NC.
    When i read your statement that the 3 are tasks rather than goals, something shifted...funny, no emotional reaction to "task", but "goal" has emotional reaction... Plus subliminally "it's ok if I don't make goal.". Hmm interesting.
    Got that the task is something i put off. Got it to WRITE 3 down at least a couple hours before bed on a pad. And my iphone has a timer & i have another timer too, but not cute, so photo wouldn't help.
    So, I'm in! & thanks!

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    1. Good Morning Becky... ahhhh a word, isn't that something...TASK, vs GOAL, both have something to do with accomplishing...oh YES I had that WOW experience too when I first sat in on this seminar....TASKS for me are things I have to do but put off....GOALS, well I do that everyday...lol
      SEW I am sew pleased BEcky you left your note...part 2 is today..YOU may have more AHA moments .trust me I think you will lol

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  66. This is just the kick in the pants I need. I am amazed how a pile of hoard can be wrestled within just 20-30 minutes. Can't wait for your next instructions. Thanks, Lana.

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    1. Hello Lana, isn't it strange when a student is ready, the teacher appears...not that in any I am a teacher..but a messenger perhaps, sharing how I MAKE time with you, sew you too will feel a sense of accomplishment...mmmmm part 2 today, thursday Aug 16th..

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  67. I am almost exactly a week late but thank you so much! Last night I was lamenting (before I stop to read this post today actually, lol) that I don't have enough time to complete everything I want to do almost every day this week. Then i finished reading and I remembered what I used to do in college. I used to make a chart for the 24 hour sin each day for each week. I would color in the slots for sleeping, church and scheduled classes, you know stuff that I couldn't use for other activities. I made copies of the sheet for a month at a time (but now further because too much info is overwhelming), then filled in work plans next before I added anything else. And then I would add activities only if they fit including travel times. The most important part of this plan was also my TIMER! I cannot begin to tell you how much stuff I got done back then. Thank you for refreshing my mind, I've let it get bogged down with the noise of life and now I just need to reprogram my head again. May I ask though, How do you know how much time to put on the timer? Do you have a way of figuring that out or do you just try a number?

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    1. HIiiiii ahhh you must of been a very good student in your college days....and yes doing it with a TIMER is key. YOU need to read Part 2 to know the time you set...but I will relay to you now..set it for what you think your task will take and then next week, set your timer for half...when you read part 2 you will know what I am saying...Glad to hear I refreshed your mind..sometimes that is all it takes...we are never too old or too busy not to try something that really works...ohhh my time is up lol

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  68. I love this post and can't wait to read more. I do make lists and work off of them, I typically get a lot more done than others that I know, but I've never done it like you do. I may just have to give that a try. But just my luck, the kidlets will put a wrench in the plan.

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    1. Hello Michele...and yes not only do list work, they work without a doubt if you only have 3 and a timer...even kids putting a wrench into anything can wait till your task is complete unless of course the wrench is going to strike into the other siblings body lol. then please stop lol YOU Know what I mean of course..you can do this Michele....x

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  69. I had made a mental note to find this post and I'm so glad I did, even though I'm a little late to get on board! I'm in so I'll be trailing behind but better late then never : ) Your quote "If you want something you never had you must be willing to do something you've never done" it brought tears to my eyes in the Starbucks I'm at waiting for my son to finish an activity. You have to face your fears to change your life! Sometimes a fear is just something small too not a big scary thing. Ok enough I'm just excited to get started with this new method tonight and check in with how everyone else did over the week. ps I love seeing the timers thanks for including mine "times up"!

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    1. ps I stopping drinking pop between high school and college and it was a great decision. The only time I drink it now is on airplanes ginger ale!

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    2. Hello Petra...ahhhh that quote stirred me to when I first heard it...and funny enough, nothing and I mean NOTHING scares me anymore...not any one person or thing...Don't borrow trouble is how I always look at everything. YOU are the only one who can set limitations.. And being late, well you are here and that is all that matters now..YOU will enjoy part 2, you will see how simple things bring huge results. WE all want to think we made a difference each day we place our feet on the floor...I will be a step beside you leaning you forward..come on, I am waiting wink...

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  70. Ooopsy! I'm a tad late for this, lol... but that's me always the cow's tail, lol.
    But having read your second post on this I had to come read your first one and it has been well worth my while. Thank you. Since reading your 2nd post I have been putting into practice the 23 min timer tip. And here I am for the 2nd time out. Thankfully, I don't drink pop or juice. Water mainly, then tea and one cup of coffee a day. I'm on a tea just now but I had a bit of birthday cake - oh well, that too will be gone soon. After my cuppa I'll need to get down to a post of my own. :)

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    1. HI Elly...getting to you now too...welcome first, second, yes this one was first..kinda gives you a better understanding of the why's...hope to see you again and happy name sake day..yes?

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  71. Madame Samm, I stumbled onto your site recently. So glad I did it's wonderful. I read your first TIME post half way through the week. I had been running for a week hurriedly to everything. My long bathroom counter had disappeared in that week ... when did this happen? :-) Hair product, curling iron, hot rollers, hair dryer, make-up, toothpaste, toothbrush, well you get the picture. I had a busy day away the next day but that night I put clean bathroom on my list, thinking it would take up the time of 3 things. The next morning as a starting point I set the timer for 19 minutes and away I went. I was amazed at how much I had accomplished in 19 minutes which included putting everything back in its place, scouring counter top, cleaning wall sized mirror, two sinks, toilet, and window sill. Everything but the shower and tub. Added 5 more minutes. What I realized is what you mentioned in your second post which I just read. I had run to get comet, back for Windex, cleaning cloths, etc. I added to my grocery list that morning extra cleaning products for all three bathrooms so I didn't have to run here and there to find them which did eat into my time. What I loved was the task of cleaning the bathroom left my mind completely and it became all about beating the timer lol. The next time I had time at home I used this technique to organize a quilt cabinet I have. The four shelves had become packed. With my timer, a trash can, and good will box ready to go off I went again. OMGoodness, I have an entire shelf empty. :-) Thank you Madame Samm.

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    1. Oh Darly, you got it my dear..you really did...which is why all this mini TIME lesson, is in 2 parts..once you do something in a set time, you realize the next time you do it, you will have everything ready the night or day before and then you are beating the clock.. The task is really forgotten, it becomes
      about beating that TIME. Good for you...I got it too., I don't think anyone else got it YET, sew we will keep that a secret lol....
      Glad you hopped on over...

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  72. Madame Samm, I happened back in today and I am glad I did. I have been feeling so disorganized the past few days and I am going to start with your timer tomorrow. I can't wait to see how it works out for me.
    I really enjoy your site.
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    1. Hello Charlotte...well I am glad you came back too...I added all the pages on the side bar on your right...without a doubt for 22 years I have been doing this..I always get everything done..I do go through quite a lot of timers..simply wear them out...I need more again..lol will be looking for your report..

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  73. Madame Samm,

    What a wonderful sharing of your time. I love that you are bravely and creatively helping others to find life balance. I love the skills you share in your main message to give assistance to overcome the day to day life clutter that is easy to put off.

    The first thing on my list, today, was to re-read your first post...and ALL the comments. I am also mesmerized. Not because this process is a new concept, or something not previously practiced, but because your prose is so encouraging. I like that you walk the walk and get plenty of sleep,exercise and good eating. I like you make this process fun! We only have to try!

    Things are good in my life, but I have been on a two year roller coaster that I rode without a seat belt. Some days I feel I push everything up hill...to have it all race downhill the next...I use a timer with my Longarm quilting, but not in other areas of my life. I can imagine through the timer method of consistency, I would find my cadence again.... so I can re-energize to my new life!

    Your ideas and quotes, plus those of your followers were filed into a folder for encouragement as I start this process. ENJOYABLE!

    Later today, I will continue on to re-read Week Two.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi ....R.E.G., ahhh life balance is how I get things done and still stay fit...glad to see if nothing else it may be a refresher for you.. Glad to hear things are good, even without a seat belt...imagine if you were strapped what you could get done... I use a timer for everything, I find for me at least, and I can only speak for myself...I am happy at night when I go to sleep, that I got at least 3 things done...now that could be anything, however I am assured at least 3 things were embraced with the same passion as I do everything else in my life...Too bad I did not know all of this before 22 yrs ago. God only knows what I would still be doing...Although I am pretty happy where my life is now... isn't it funny, what happens when the lights are on ..
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  74. Hello!
    Just came upon your blog the other evening and was just able to complete reading all the comments this morning. I'm about to read the next part, but wanted to say thanks for sharing.
    I am a list maker, but have pared down to 3 main tasks to accomplish per day...and I have accomplished things I had been procrastinating about! And the other evening, I had an hour before I was to leave for an appointment...so I set a timer for 45 minutes and emptied the dishwasher & reloaded it, did a light dusting throughout the house and I vacuumed the living room! Also I learned something about myself when I tackled a basket of laundry...I don't have to be a perfectionist in folding it! No one is going to check the precision in my towel folding capabilities!
    I learned a similar time management skill as a secretary years ago, to fit your tasks into your specified time limit rather than let the task dictate how much time you will use up to accomplish what you need to complete. However, thank you for the inspiration in helping all of us to "make" more time in our days...more time to sew and quilt!!! BTW, I have used a timer for quite awhile now, but not consistently...I used to set a reminder timer for going to bed early..."time" to reawaken that habit! lol I had used the timer on my microwave previously, but I like the idea of a portable timer...and I like to shop, so the hunt for something clever and unique, hopefully won't be time consuming...eeek!
    Christie

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  75. I don't drink anything but water and hot tea, I use my timer, and I write my list before I go to bed - so I'm on the right track already.
    That's encouraging! LOL
    Can't wait to read more!

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  76. I just discovered your blog through the Raspberry Rabbits blog. Love what you are doing!! I hope I can participate in an upcoming blog hop--I'll have to skip January since I am hell bent on organizing my house from top to bottom and once and for all! I've used the 3 things list for a few years, but certainly not consistently which is why I never seem to get anything done! This was a great article!

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  77. Hi Madame Samm well i finally read part 1 on this and I am going to give it a try...I will let you know the results in 1 week from tomorrow...thanks for doing this...March 22nd

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  78. I just found this.....I am going to do it in blocks....i want to read all of it but I won't..i will do it as you wrote it....I can see YOU as a nurse....multitasking...multi patient care!!....I was a float nurse a couple times..."daily sacrafice"... I want to open up my little Quilt Shop and get to longarming!!!...IT IS TIME....and I think what you are sharing of what you learned is at the perfect time for me!!....i use to make a list in my head before I slept when kids were home....now our kids are two Goldens...and hub....so hey!! I say, yes, list it baby!!.....Bless you!!! Karen

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  79. Well I just had to share this link....is it Providence?....heehee....I want to build a web page....my son who has the degree in Informatics and getting his Grad in it it TOOOOOO busy....so I am checking "builders" out....http://www.likesewwebsites.com/ Hugs

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  80. I found this on your blog earlier. I put reading and starting this as one of the things on my list.

    Susan

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  81. Hi, MME Samm! just now reading....that's pretty much on time, right? I could not grasp the joke.... and even though I plan what I want to accomplish in my business today (ex: finish the quilt on the frame, start next custom quilt, mail off orders, whatever) there's no accounting for what Customers come in that day or how many of them need to visit as well as shop. Sometimes no time left to do my own stuff. IDEAS for that? TIA

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