Managing your time will free up more time for writing Here's
a simple, yet important technique.
The "critical five minutes" is an important concept
in time management. It is the time it takes to do a task that
will jump-start positive results or prevent negative ones. For
example, putting the finishing touches on a casserole before placing
it into the oven so that dinner will be ready on time is a critical
five minute action because if you get interrupted just then, the
cooking will be delayed. This may set off a chain reaction of
late dinner, pre-meal snacking, late bedtimes and consequentially
making it harder to wake the family up in the morning. So although
finishing up a casserole is no big deal it can become one if not
done in time. Hence, those five minutes can be termed the "critical
Another example would be to take the time to store away a project
which has many pieces (i.e. arts and crafts pieces, sewing patterns)
before the children come home. If you don't do it then, it may
take a lot longer to put those projects pieces away, if they don't
get lost for good. So those five minutes you spend putting the
project away without youngsters underfoot are another "critical
five minutes" in your day.
These are examples of taking five minutes to avoid negative consequences.
Important positive results can also be achieved with the proper
use of just five minutes-the excellent idea, the pivotal decision,
the simple solution, and the vital telephone call. So perhaps
take five minutes right now to identify those actions which are
your "critical five minutes" and enjoy the results of
your effective time management focus.
Nechama Berg & Chaya Levine are the authors of It's
About Time: The Guide to Successful Jewish Homemaking distributed
by Mesorah Publications.
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