What could you accomplish if you went screen free – even if only for a few minutes?
What do you do when you find yourself with 5 or 10 extra minutes?
Extra minutes, you say! What are those?
You know, when you’ve finished cleaning the bathrooms with 5 minutes to spare before you leave to pick up the kids.
Or (believe it or not) everyone is dressed, fed, packed and ready to head to the car . . . except if you leave right now, you’ll be 15 minutes early. And if you’re over 5 minutes early, someone will have a meltdown while waiting for whatever it is to start. So . . . you’re just better off waiting 10 minutes to leave.
Waiting for your son to finish soccer practice, or the doctor to call you into his office. While the kids brush their teeth before you tuck them in. Before it’s time to wake everyone up for the morning.
You may have more spare minute times during the day than you realize!
So, how do you use that time?
Read your email? Scroll Facebook? Check out Instagram or Twitter? Peruse Pinterest?
If those minutes are the best time for you to do those things. And you can keep yourself from getting sucked into the screen for twice as long as you intended, bravo! Go ahead.
But hey, I know how easy it can be for “just a few minutes” to turn into half an hour. And suddenly a few minutes to unwind disappear in a frenzy of, “Oh, no! Now I’m really behind.” Then all the seemingly little tasks that help us stay organized begin to feel like annoyances.
What if we decided to declare those spare minute times “screen free”?
What would I do, you say? 5-10 minutes isn’t enough time to get anything done.
You might be surprised! Check out this list of suggestions; I bet you’ll even think of a few more things you could easily do with just a few spare minutes!
Screen Free Activities That Take 10 Minutes or Less!
Go ahead and laugh at the first couple if you must. But if you’re anything like me, you may only notice their deplorable condition after you’ve reached your final destination and everyone is exiting the vehicle.
- Cut nails – yours or the kids
- Check to see if little ears need cleaning
- Brush and/or fix someone’s hair
- Have you eaten lately? If not, grab one of these nourishing snacks!
- Do a few stretches
- Drink a glass of water
- Restock the band-aids in your wallet – seriously, don’t leave home without them
- Empty the drainboard or dishwasher
- Take meat out of the freezer
- Set out ingredients you’ll need for a recipe later
- Sweep the floor
- Start, switch, fold or put away laundry – just take one bite of that elephant!
- Wash a few dishes
- Review the calendar for upcoming events
- Make an appointment
- Pay a bill
- Jot down meal plan ideas
- Sneak a piece of gum into the kids’ coat pockets
- Write an encouraging note to a friend
- Chat with the kids – these questions can start an interesting conversation.
- Send your husband a friendly text
Completing any of the above items would be great, but it’s also okay to relax and refresh for a few minutes.
- Stop and take a few slow, deep breaths
- Sit still and observe the outside world
- Reflect on things you can be thankful for
- Read a Psalm
- Pray for a friend
- Practice some Scripture memory
Yay! Don’t you feel calmer now that you’ve kept a few spare minutes screen free? you’re more on top of your homemaking game. I bet you’re feeling calmer too.
What screen free activities will keep you more on top of your homemaking game?