How to Change Your Life in 20 Minutes

Well perhaps not ALL of your life but many tasks and activities can be relegated to a mere 1/3 of an hour with immediate results!

Choosing an intentional life means getting stuff done. One simple, but highly effective tool, is a basic, no-frills kitchen timer. I have at least three timers in my home and keep them ticking.

Here are some easy ways to bring transformation in just 20 minutes:

Time for you
• A 20 minute walk can clear your head, change your venue and burn a few calories.
• 20 minutes is enough time to brew a cup of tea and drink it while paging through some light reading to recharge your day.
• Take a 20 minute power nap to buy you more energy in the evening. Must definitely set a timer for this one!
• Jump into a fun project you have been putting off…just for 20 minutes, of course, so you don’t get lost. Most of my photo books got started in 20 minute increments.
• Schedule 20 minutes with God to pray, read some Scripture, journal. A lot can happen in a short time there

Time for your home
• 20 minutes is enough time to put a room in order if you don’t leave the room! Put a vacuum and dusting tool in the room before you set the timer. Just pile everything in a laundry basket that needs to finds a home somewhere else in the house. A different 20 minute slot can be used to distribute the stuff.
• I timed the dreaded task of washing the kitchen floor, you guessed it, 20 minutes.
• A bed full of clean laundry can be folded and put away in 20 minutes.
• Your fridge can be emptied, cleaned and reloaded before the timer rings. Some fast music helps with this task 🙂
• 20 minutes applied to a pile of paperwork can quickly free up desk space.
• ANY large project such as basement or garage cleaning can be done in a series of 20 minute spurts without ever claiming a whole weekend.

Stay tuned Friday for how to use a timer in your family life!

How have you used 20 minute chunks of time to get things done?

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4 Responses to “How to Change Your Life in 20 Minutes”


  1. 1 Becky Baudouin March 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    This is great! I am going to get myself an old fashioned-kitchen timer and start with the 20 min nap or the cup of tea. Then I’ll work my way down to cleaning the kitchen floor : )

  2. 2 Letitia Suk March 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Great priorities, Becky!

  3. 3 Carol Early Cooney March 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    LOVE it Tish! Reminds me of our old Peggy and Pam days! I think this is a wonderful tip – I will try it with both myself and the kids to try and get something done. I am often surprised a how much I can get done in 5 minutes. Thanks, Tish!

  4. 4 Letitia Suk March 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I miss Peggy & Pam (Sidetracked Home Executives) but they sure got us going back in the day!


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