Moms don’t have lots of spare time. At least not the ones I know. But we can steal minutes back, even if it’s just a few. We can steal them back from Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Netflix, just to name a few.
Here are some things you can do in seven minutes or less to refuel, knock something off the to-do list, or just have fun…
1. Make yourself a snack that isn’t stale Goldfish you found on your coffee table or PB&J crusts leftover from lunch.
2. Start a load of laundry. If you move fast, you can probably even fold a load of laundry.
3. Send your hubby a sweet text. (Bonus points for creative use of emoji.)
4. Clean a toilet and wipe down a counter top. Not fun, but it makes me feel so productive.
5. Find a new recipe for next week’s meal plan. Don’t get lost on Pinterest. Get in there and get out.
6. Set the microwave timer and get the whole family to do a speed clean. Clear as much clutter as you can as fast as you can. Treat it like a race and the kids will get into it too.
7. Pull out your planner and dream for a few minutes.
8. Find a new book to read and order it from Amazon or borrow it from the library.
9. Plan a surprise date night for your hubby. Text the babysitter. Pick a restaurant or activity.
10. Plan a surprise for your kids–breakfast party, zoo trip, ice cream after school, etc.
11. Tell a friend you love her and one specific reason why.
12. Text your mom and say thank you. Because, good gracious, now you understand what she did for you.
13. Read one chapter in your Bible. You can never go wrong with a Proverbs. Or Isaiah. I love Isaiah, and every verse feels like a mini-sermon to me. You might not get to journal or highlight or answer lots of questions, but some is better than none.
14. Wipe down the kitchen counter tops and light a candle. It will give your eye somewhere calm to land instead of the chaos happening on the kitchen floor.
15. Write a blog. Okay, I spent like 11 minutes on this one, but, still, you get the point. Whatever your “thing” is–the thing that fuels you–give it a few minutes. Pull out the guitar and strum a few chords, sing a new song, plan an impromptu dinner party, take a photograph with something other than your iPhone. You’ll be surprised how those few minutes give you energy and make you smile.