Living Less-Distracted: The 15 Minute Alarm


We’re living in a world of online busyness with a bright, addictive phone attached to us at all times. It’s no wonder so many of us complain of distraction, inability to stay on task and a general disinterest in the menial everyday chores.

And yet they still have to get done, don’t they?!

Over the past few months I’ve been particularly focused on…getting focused. Yoga encourages us to be in the present moment, to quieten the outward distractions and focus solely on the body and breath.

Never before has this practise been so pertinent to our everyday lives.

I’ve been applying it to my chores; the housework that seems relentless has all of a sudden become so much more achievable. Instead of grabbing my phone and losing 20minutes while I mindlessly scroll, I’m setting my alarm and working till I hear the beep.

That’s right - it’s that simple. I work mindfully for fifteen minutes; tidying the loungeroom, cleaning the bathroom, sorting out paperwork etc. And I get so much done in this time.

What is most enlightening about this “15 minute rule” is the realisation that all the chores I’ve been putting off actually don’t take that long to complete. They are far more daunting on the page and in my head than they are in real-life. And so, every day I set the timer and work on a task; I am focused, determined and hence I work efficiently.

Most of the chores I’ve been working on have saved me time in the long run. An organised kitchen cupboard means I don’t have to spend five minutes finding the lid for the pyrex dish. A tidy pantry ensures the right ingredient can be found without any shuffling or rearranging. Cleaning my wardrobe means there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.

We are always encoruaged to practise yoga in a simple, clean, uncluttered space because it rids us of distraction. Yoga really does advocate for the minimalist lifestyle.

So: set the timer on your phone, work for 15 minutes and get rid of all your distracting chores (and clutter!).