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It’s Monday again!  “yeah,” you say, with as little enthusiasm as you can muster. But hey, it doesn’t have to be that kind of Monday. It can be a joyful Monday…a productive Monday…A Monday to end all Mondays!

Let’s make today a Super Monday, beginning with a FIVE MINUTE exercise.

ACTION PLAN

Today, let’s spend FIVE MINUTES on us, creating an Action Plan that we can refer to for the rest of the week.

What would you like to accomplish this week, beyond what NEEDS to get done?

What would make you feel fulfilled, purposeful, or accomplished, if at the end of the week you had done that thing?!

What have you been putting off?

What have you dreamed about beginning?

What new habit could you begin to practice this week?

Let’s make a plan to get ‘er done, an Action Plan.

For the next FIVE MINUTES rest from your other work and let you mind run free.  What needs to be a part of your life this week in order for you to feel that special feeling you’ve been missing for a while now?  Enter that on your Action Plan paper or screen.

It’s only FIVE MINUTES.  FIVE simple, meaningful, purposeful minutes.

What will you do with your FIVE today?

 

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Express Yourself

000love note Sometimes, out of nowhere, I’ll get the urge to send this note to a friend or kiddo of mine:  Love you! Just sayin’…

Once in a while I will get that same message sent to me. Out of nowhere, and unsolicited, it comes.

It’s a lil thing, this act of love, but huge in scope.  It lets the receiver know they are on my mind, that they are loved, that they are thought of and that they matter. The best part of all:  no response is required.

When I send these, the ones who receive them know they don’t have to write back, don’t have to call, aren’t expected to do anything.  They know those words simply mean they are on my mind.

I wonder if the world would be a better place if everyone started this habit of sending little love notes with no strings attached to the people they care about?  I wonder the difference it would make.

Let’s test the theory today and see what the results might be.

This morning, think of someone you love but haven’t talked to in a while.  Send them “the” text or email, or write them a note or a card and slip the words inside. Everyone loves getting mail, even snail mail.  Everyone!!!

What little thing do you do with family and friends to express your warm regards for them?  When have you received a love note?

 

5-Minute Monday Update

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I wanted to log on again today to update you on my 5-Minute project this Monday.

Things went great when I cleaned out the coffee pot in the break room today.

Mind you, cleaning out the coffee pot is not my job, but when you work in small business in America you wear many hats.

I wear many hats!

This morning I decided to wear my helper hat.

A while back I bought this stuff can Dip-It.

Dip-it is specifically engineered to get the nasty stuff out of your drip coffee maker, making it easier to brew a smoother cup of Joe.  It works well.

To use Dip-it when cleaning out your pot, just pour some water into the reservoir on your coffee machine, dump in half a bottle of Dip-It solution, and run a couple carafes of water through the machine. Easy, peasy!  You can find Dip-it on the web, or at your local Walmart or Walgreens stores.

Today, I wanted to help the crew out at work by giving our coffee machine the cleaning it so desperately needed.  Hopefully, this week’s coffee will taste better than it has in a long, long time.

What did you do for your 5-Minute project today?   

Monday Thoughts

 

What, what, what, project can I tackle today?  Hmmmmm…

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Welcome to 5-Minute Mondays, the initiative that tackles those jobs we’ve been putting off and gets them DONE!

Here’s the rules for 5-Minute Mondays.

1  Pick a job you want to do, but still haven’t started.

2  Decide what your jumping off point will be.

3  Set a stop watch or kitchen timer for 5 Minutes.

4  Go!  Get ‘er done.

Remember: We can do anything if we know we only have to do it for five minutes!

Be creative.

Make it fun!

Most importantly…

Get ‘er done!

When you’re finished, share with us what your 5-Minute Monday project turned out to be in the comments section below.  Now, go.  Do.

I believe in you!

My five minute project today is going to be to flush out the coffee pot at work. I put off doing this because I have to stand there and monitor the process the whole time.  This is not a “walk-away and come back to it later” kinda thing, but I can do anything when I know I only have to do it for five minutes.  So can you!

What will your 5-Minute Monday look like today?  Where will you begin?

 

Ready, Set, Go…

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I almost forgot!

Today’s the day we start and finish our 5-Minute Monday exercise/project/treat/opportunity.

5-Minute Mondays are all about blocking off FIVE MINUTES at the beginning of our week and using that time to do one of the following:

Treat Yo-self!

Finish up a belated project.

Get started on a new project.

Dream, meditate, walk, sing, write.

Do anything that your heart leads you to do, (but not evil things). 

Maybe you’ll grab a quick bit of intimacy with your love this morning.

Maybe you’ll make a call and ask a friend to meet you later for drinks.

Maybe you’d like to kick back and read something inspirational for five minutes.

Or perhaps you want to begin cleaning out that closet, going through your sock drawer, or putting the dishes away.

You might write a note you’ve been putting off.

How about scheduling that appointment?

Have you been waiting to try that easy, peasy recipe for baked oatmeal?  Now is the time!

Whatever it is you want to do, begin this morning with FIVE MINUTES of dedicated zeal.  Nasty procrastination can be pushed back.  It only takes FIVE minutes to do it.

When you’re done, share your 5-Minute Monday outcome in the comments below.  Encourage us all with your proactive determination to get ‘er done!

You can do This!  You will do THIS!  It’s only FIVE MINUTES out of your day.  Take it and be glad.  I’m rooting for you!!!

I’m going to write some poetry during my five minutes today. I’ll share what I produce later.  Love this challenge, it gets me going first thing each week.

Be Intentional!

What crazy, hazy, but fun project have you been putting off for too long now?  What will you do with your five minutes today? 

Update on my 5 Monday Minutes

I wanted to pop in this morning to say that my 5 Minute Monday project of spending FIVE minutes at the water cooler, networking with my co-workers went swimmingly.

I enjoyed it soooo much!

Isn’t it funny how FIVE minutes, just five minutes can make a difference in our whole day?

I’m loving this reminder on Mondays that I CAN do anything for FIVE minutes, and I can enjoy it too!

Woohoo!  Another project finished–another Monday done!

What did you do for your 5 Minute Monday challenge this week?  What will you do next week?  Share in the comments below.

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Hi all!  It’s Monday again.

Did you have a good weekend?

Mine was “full, full, full,” as Eloise’s nanny would say!  I’m glad, glad, glad to be back at the office, and so glad to be celebrating Monday with my own special 5 Minute project.

You remember how this challenge goes, right?

5 Minute Monday is about doing something you’ve been putting off in order to drive back ugly procrastination.  We can do anything, if we only have to do it for 5 minutes, right? Let me repeat that…

WE can do ANYTHING if we ONLY have to do it for 5 Minutes!!!!!

On 5 Minute Mondays you only have to do “it” for 5 minutes.  So what will your “it” be today?

Will you sort the laundry for 5 minutes?

Or maybe you’ll clean out your pantry for 5 minutes?

How about meal planning for 5 minutes?

Maybe 5 minutes cleaning the range top is on your short list. 

Or could be you’d like to read an Op Ed piece on Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton, or a host of others vying for the job of POTUS in November?  It’s 5 Minute Monday–go ahead, have at it!

Recent 5 Minute Monday projects have included…

Cleaning out the HEPA filters in air purifiers.

Catching up on blogging assignments.

Sending appreciation notes to co-workers.

Even playing with the dog or cat for five minutes (or more!). 

What will your 5 Minute Monday challenge be?

Today, I will be spending my 5 minutes at the water cooler, going over the weekend’s happenings with my co-workers.  This is valuable networking stuff I rarely do, but that benefits all involved.  It’s good to laugh together with the people you work with, especially when the work you do is serious most of the time. Today, I will play at the water cooler for FIVE WHOLE MINUTES.  Yipee!

I’ll stop by later to let ya know how it goes.

What will you do for 5 minutes today that you have not done in a long, long time.  What could you do for 5 minutes today that would bring 10 minutes worth of joy to your life?