Boost Your Productivity With These 87 Useful and Quick 5-Minute Tasks

Do you have a million tasks to do in a day, and you’re struggling to find even 5 minutes to do them?

Well, have you taken a step back to look at your to-do list, and notice that some of the tasks don’t take much time at all?

Just today, I did 2 things on my list that I had been putting off for the longest time, but they took just 5 minutes to complete!

Why did I ever wait so long to do them?

Honestly, I probably spent longer than 5 minutes just thinking about these tasks every day and coming up with reasons why I don’t want to do them. It’s definitely easier just to do get them done!

We all have plenty of reasons to avoid doing some things, usually because we have more pressing things to handle, but these excuses are dangerous.

There are so many pockets of time during the day that can be used effectively to tackle small tasks.

For example, I often find myself waiting on my kids when they take their own sweet time to eat, or put on their shoes. There’s also times when I’m early for an appointment, or just waiting for the water to boil for the pasta.

Instead of doing nothing with that time, why not make better use of the time to get back on track and check something off your list?

Today, I’ve created a few lists with some useful and quick tasks that you can easily tackle in just 5 minutes or less.

Sounds nice? Yes, they are totally doable! And they will make your day more productive.

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5-Minute Cleaning Tasks That You Can Easily Tackle

  1.  Load the dishwasher with dirty dishes. Don’t wait till you have a pile to do it.
  2. Empty the dishwasher
  3. Take inventory of the pantry or fridge
  4. Throw away expired food items. There will always be something buried at the back of the fridge for who knows how long!
  5. Replace water filters in your Brita filter
  6. Organize your spice shelf
  7. Sweep the floor
  8. Take out the trash
  9. Clear the dining room table and do a quick wipe-down
  10. Clean the microwave. You know as well as I do that the microwave is often neglected.
  11. Clean the kitchen sink. I love the Bar Keepers Friend to clean my sink and stovetop.
  12. Wipe down the kitchen counter
  13. Wash lunch bags
  14. Pick up toys from the floor and put them in bins
  15. Vacuum one room. Pick up the vacuum and just do it. It will be quick.
  16. Wipe dusts off dirty surfaces
  17. Pickup dirty clothes from the floor and put them into the laundry basket
  18. Change your bedsheets
  19. Make the bed, or just straighten up the pillows and blankets.
  20. Clean the bathroom sink or toilet. Just clean one thing, and clean the other another time.
  21. Replace hand towels with fresh ones
  22. Replenish shampoo or toothpaste supplies
  23. Wipe down the bathroom mirrors
  24. Put on a load of laundry
  25. Take out washed laundry and transfer the clothes to the dryer
  26. Clean out your purse and throw away the old receipts accumulating in there
  27. Clean our your kid’s backpack. You’ll be surprised at what you find inside
  28. Walk around the house with a plastic bag and pick up random things that you can throw out. If it hasn’t been used for more than a few months, chances are, you won’t miss it either.
  29. Disinfect doorknobs or light switches with disinfecting wipes. This is so important if you have sickness in the house.

5-minute Tasks For Work To Make Your Day More Productive

  1. Organize folders on the desk
  2. Organize or delete files from desktop
  3. Replenish paper or pen supplies
  4. Wipe down dirty keyboard or mouse
  5. Delete spam emails that don’t require any action
  6. Respond to quick messages
  7. Draft a quick email
  8. Unsubscribe from newsletters that you don’t read anymore
  9. Return a quick phone call
  10. Empty the trash can
  11. Clean out your junk drawer
  12. Go through business cards and throw out the ones that you don’t need
  13. Delete unnecessary apps from your phone
  14. Back up your devices. You never know how important the files are until you lose them.
  15. Plan your to-do-list for the next day. Know how your day will go before you even begin it.

5-minutes Blogging Tasks That You Can Do On The Fly

  1. Create a Pinterest image
  2. Schedule 5 pins using Tailwind
  3. Comment on a blog post
  4. Approve comments on your blog
  5. Check your Google Analytics
  6. Think of your next blog post idea
  7. Promote your blogpost on Facebook
  8. Post on your Instagram or Twitter

5-Minute Breaks

  1. Put on happy music and dance a little
  2. Make a cup of tea and enjoy
  3. Open the window for some fresh air
  4. If you have a garden, take a quick walk outside. Walk on grass barefoot.
  5. Have a quick healthy snack
  6. Drink a glass of water
  7. Fill up your water bottle if it’s running low
  8. Do jumping jacks
  9. Stretch your body at your desk
  10. Do a quick body check. Are you too cold or hot? Do you need a sweater?
  11. Water the plants
  12. Watch a quick video on youtube

5-Minute Organizational Tasks

  1. Make a meal plan for the week
  2. Make a grocery list
  3. Make the doctor or dentist appointment that you’ve been meaning to schedule
  4. Check your bank account
  5. Pay bills online
  6. Go through your mail, recycle junk mail, and place the important bills at one side to handle another time.
  7. Pick out your outfit for the next day
  8. Prepare the coffeemaker for the next day
  9. Set alarms for tasks

5-Minute Self-Care Ideas – Self-care is important!

  1. Meditate
  2. Wash your face
  3. Have a cup of tea or coffee
  4. Read a chapter in your favorite book
  5. Apply hand and foot cream
  6. Burn a candle
  7. Add a few drops of essential oil to your diffuser
  8. Write a few words in your journal
  9. Practice mindfulness and focus on breathing
  10. Do something that you like, like doodling or drawing.
  11. Give yourself a quick manicure or pedicure
  12. Do low impact exercises like lunges or squats
  13. Take deep breaths. Like really long deep breaths.
  14. Hug your kids

Other related post: 27 Easy Ways To Pamper Yourself Without Feeling The Guilt

If we allow ourselves to think that these tasks take only 5 minutes to complete, we will be more motivated and inclined to do them.

So next time when you have 5 minutes to spare, do one of the suggested tasks above and hack your productivity. Join me on this mission for busy people to find more time to accomplish more everyday!

Just remember, the more 5-minute tasks that you do now, the less work you will have to deal with later. Don’t underestimate the power of small pockets of time.

What are some quick tasks that you do around the house when you have 5 minutes? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear your ideas!

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8 thoughts on “Boost Your Productivity With These 87 Useful and Quick 5-Minute Tasks”

  1. I can’t tell you how much time I waste thinking of all the things I need to do instead of just doing them! Doing a couple quick tasks definitely leads to being more productive. I loved the list of all the quick things you can do to get started. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Ashley, we often waste way too much time thinking! Just do it and you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish. Glad you found the list useful!

  2. Such amazing tips! You are right – these things only take 5 minutes but it can take so much motivation to actually get up and do them some days. Saving this list for the next time I need some inspiration for a quick productivity boost! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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