This is from an old blog (2012) but it is still VERY good.
I was sitting here today content on not doing anything but relaxing. Then rushing around in a messy house later, trying to get everything ready for church tomorrow. Then I was praying for energy because I’m tired today. It’s like my “get up and go” has “got up and went”. Then I started to pray. I felt the Lord press upon me “I created and rested in 7 days. What can you do with 7 minutes?” WOW! Powerful thought.
What can I do with the next 7 minutes that God gives me?
I’ll take the challenge and see….
OK, in that 7 minutes (using the kitchen timer) I was able to put clothes in the dryer, new load in the washer, and swept carper of the movie area of our living room. (Our living room is a great room divided in half: movie area & homeschool area). Oh yeah you did read that right… I swept the carpet. My vacuum was broken in a recent move and I’m waiting to get it fixed. However, the sweeping quickly helped pick up my heart rate and I’m not feeling as sluggish. Of course, I was rushing to do as much as I could in 7 minutes. I’m a competitive person so I like a challenge. My heart will be better now that I’ve got it pumping faster than if I had sat on the couch “resting”.
Now let’s see if I what else I can do in 7 minutes…
WOW! I worked for 14 minutes. My oldest son
(5) (9 as of now) woke up and wanted to help me clean (RARE). So I kept working. In the first 7 minutes, I finished sweeping the carpet in the living room, opened the curtains, and swept half the kitchen. In the second 7 minutes, I finished sweeping kitchen and the laundry room, which is behind the kitchen, and we cleaned off the table.
I think I will base my cleaning upon “7”. I have read and used the Flylady system, which is a good system but it doesn’t work for moms of little ones. When the kids are awake, 15 minutes is a large amount of time for them to stay busy without bothering mom, whereas, 7 minutes is perfect. If they are loving what they are doing then I can keep going with another 7 minutes giving me 14 minutes total. I get a better feeling of accomplishment. However, if I try working for 15 minutes and get interrupted and don’t meet my goal I feel like I’m defeated. I see a win-win with 7 minutes.
UPDATE: I’m able to clean anything even lacking motivation when I tell myself it’s only 7 minutes. To get my house all clean I bounce around between rooms every 7-14 minutes depending upon the task I’m doing. Plus 7 minutes helps me realize I can quit after the 7 minutes are up. Some days my energy is too gone because I’m feeling ill, one of the kids are sick, or I was up late at night for whatever reason. The only tasks that I must devote more than 7 minutes to are planning (menu, homeschool, budgeting, etc), cooking, and doing taxes.