Ten Uses For A Kitchen Timer
One of my most frequently used tools!
I love having a kitchen timer or two around the house! OK, if I count the one on the oven I actually have three and have been known to use them all simultaneously! Here are a few of the ways we use them.
Setting deadlines for myself for internet activities. For example: I do my pinning two to three times a week for no more than 30 minutes at a time. Otherwise I “fall into the web” and have trouble coming back out again.
Setting deadlines for the children. “You have X number of minutes to complete this job or school assignment.
Managing transitions. “I’m setting the timer for X minutes, when it rings it will be time for ___.
Setting limits for sitting in a chair. You must sit quietly until the timer rings (usually no more than five minutes)
Taking turns: “When the timer rings it will be Buggle’s turn to have X” I actually only use this if I can’t get them to negotiate their own taking of turns. I really don’t think I should be policing their play that much and am much more likely to just take away the toy in question until I get some evidence that they are ready to think of others.
Keeping track of things in the oven or on the stove: I know that seems obvious but many things have gotten burned around here because the cook got distracted!
Improving my focus when I write. I set the timer for thirty minutes and write the whole time, without stopping to check social media, make a cup of tea etc. It’s amazing how the words can flow when I force myself to concentrate only on them!
Watering the garden. The system of sprinkler and soaker hose I use requires some adjustments to get the whole garden, so I set the timer, then turn off the water and move the hose as needed. I’ve been known to flood part of the yard without an annoying beep to remind me to turn off the hose!
Making myself do housework I don’t enjoy. Set the timer for ten-fifteen minutes and make myself work on a certain task (folding laundry?) the whole time. Often I find a job I’ve been putting off is much more time consuming in my mind than in actuality. Telling myself I only have to do it for ten minutes makes it not seem so big.
Ten minute tidies. We’ve just started doing these and I’m working on getting everyone to do them several times a day. We all have a bad habit of dropping things when we move on to a new activity which quickly results in a messy house. I’m working on teaching everyone (including myself) to pick up as we go, but in the meantime several short stints of everyone picking up and putting away what they see really helps keep the mess manageable
I’m sure there are many more uses of the timer that I will discover. What do you like to do with yours?
Oh, and a big thank you to Bright Ideas Press (I’ve just joined their affiliate program and this post contains an affiliate link) for the one they gave away at 2to1! We all find its ring much more pleasant than the insistent beeping of the other two timers in the house!
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