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How to Make the Most of 5 Minutes Peace

Posted August 18, 2015 by Bethanie Lunn

How often do you get some peace and quiet? Or, a little bit of time to yourself? If you’re a parent then I’m willing to bet it’s not very often. Even if you’re not a mum or dad, it could be rare to get some time alone without all of the hustle and bustle of work. Most of us will panic when we get five minutes peace, “what do I do?!” We end up filling our moments with odd jobs and tasks instead. I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks to ensure you’re making the most of that free time.


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Work Out When It’s Coming

Do you know when you’re going to get that five minutes of peace? It’s best to know beforehand, so you can make the most of the time. It could be when all of the kids are at school or in between work and partying. Write it on the calendar so you don’t forget. This is a moment you’re getting all to yourself, of course it’s an event! It should be on the calendar, just like any other important event.


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Write a List

Before you get that five minutes of peace, put together a little list. Kind of like a mini bucket list. These are all of the things you want to do when you get some ‘me time’. It could be anything, like finally catching up on Pretty Little Liars or trying out a new face mask. Write down next to each one how long you think they will take. 45 minutes for a TV show, 10 minutes for a face mask. You’ll now have a list of things you can do when you get a spare moment. Otherwise, you’ll spend half the time working out what you’ve got space for.

Pick a Room

Where are you going to have your R&R moment? If you’re going to be binge-watching TV, then it’s likely to be in the lounge. Want to catch up on your beauty sleep? It will be the bedroom. If you’re after a pampering session, then the bathroom could be your best option. In fact, there’s a great post that has some ideas of what to do in the bathroom. From scented candles right through to watching shows in the bath. You might want to add some of them onto your list I mentioned above. Either way, make sure you have a room in mind for each of your tasks. You can then let your friends or family know that this is your space, for that five, ten or fifty minutes.


Turn Everything Off

This is an extremely important tip! If you genuinely want to make the most of that five minutes of peace, turn everything off. This means your phone, laptop and tablet. There is no way you’re going to be able to relax with your Facebook notifications coming through. Or those emails, calls and texts. It’s only going to be for a short while, so don’t let it worry you. It’s good to get unplugged every now and then.

You’re now all set for that five minutes of freedom. Of peace and quiet. Now you’re fully prepared; you’ll be able to make the most out of the short time you have free. No more faffing around and wasting all that precious time.  Go on, you deserve it. 


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