I’m sure it’s fairly obvious to regular readers that Annastasia is the organised, systematic one, and I’m the chaotic one that gets stuff done last minute and in a random order.

However, a friend recently introduced me to the idea of five minute bursts of action, and it sounded right up my street.

The rules are:

  • Choose something to focus on – a room, a pile, a digital task (like emails)
  • Set a timer, preferably not on your phone (because distractions) for five minutes exactly
  • Hit start
  • GO!
  • You can change tasks for the next set of five minutes, but for this stretch of time, until the timer pings, you focus exclusively on that one thing you chose.

It’s like the Pomodoro technique on speed and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

Applying it to my kitchen, which was looking rather like a bomb had hit it after returning from holiday complete with sandy, seaweedy mermaid tails and a whole week’s worth of washing; I blitzed the lot faster than I thought possible.

My living room, which is also my hallway, an Ink Drops and Run Away Days storecupboard, and my office until my studio is sorted, and suddenly I had space to sit down and wasn’t tripping over stuff any more.


My desk itself, which was getting really quite dangerously piled with stuff… now I can see, and move my mouse, and everything.

Magical stuff – so simple, but easily one of the most effective methods I’ve used in my adult life to regain control over my surroundings when it’s all getting a bit too chaotic for even my liking.

What could you do in five minutes??