Timers Aren’t Just For Food



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I have five timers.  One is on my desk.  I set it in 5 minute increments for desk clean-up.  I also set it for 50 minute increments for blogging.  When the timer goes off, I take a break.

I have a timer in the bathroom.  That one isn’t mine – it was put there by my 4-year-old granddaughter, Ivy.  She sets it for tooth brushing only she sets it after she’s done.  I’m not sure why.

I have three timers in the kitchen plus the one on the stove and the one on the microwave.  I frequently have them all going when I’m making dinner.  And I see from the photos that they need cleaned – BAD!  Guess I’ll do that after I finish this post.  But you can see that I use them a LOT!!!

Timers can be used for LOTS of things besides these.  In case you’ve limited your timer use to food or a few other things, here are some other ideas for timers:

1.       Laundry.  The only way I get my laundry done in a timely manner is if I set a timer and go take care of it as soon as the timer goes off.

2.       Appointments.  The only way I can ensure that I’ll make an appointment on time is if I set a timer or two.  The first one is 15 minutes early to let me know I need to get ready.  The second tells me it’s time!

3.       Play time is over.  I’ve started doing this with my granddaughter.  I tell her we’ll swing for 10 more minutes and then I set the timer.  When the timer goes off, she knows it’s time to go in.

4.       Break time is over.  Sometimes when I take a break to read a book, I lose track of time and before I know it, 45 minutes has passed.  So occasionally I’ll set a timer so I know when to stop.

5.       Reminder to do something.  Maybe you need to make a call or send an e-mail.

6.       Anything you want to do for a specified amount of time – project, exercise, talk on the phone.

7.       How long something takes.  Some timers allow you to count up, but if yours doesn’t and you want to know how long it takes to do something, set it for an amount of time longer than you think it will take and then see how much time is left.  I’ve done this with lots of things.  It’s fascinating to guess how long you think it will take and then see how accurate your guess was.

8.       For motivation.  You know those times you just can’t get started? I set my timer for 15 minutes and that usually gets me going.

9.       Time out.  That can be for mom or the kids.  You can use it so your kids know when they can rejoin the family.  You can also use it so your kids know when they can start talking to you again.

10.     How long to do something.  After I color my hair, I set the timer for 30 minutes.  Then after I put the conditioning treatment on, I set the timer for 2 minutes.  I know it seems silly to use a timer for 2 minutes, but I’m so impatient, if I don’t, I’ll end up doing it about 15 seconds.

What other things do you use your timer for?

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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3 thoughts on “Timers Aren’t Just For Food

  1. I love to use timers as well! I just use a main one in the kitchen though. Somehow, that extra step of going and turning it off helps keep me on task. I’m big fan of using timers for the kids. My youngest would probably never make the bus if we didn’t use a timer to remind him to do things in the mornings. I love that your granddaughter sets the timer after she’s done brushing her teeth. I’d love to hear her reason of why.

    1. I’d love to know why she sets the timer after, too. If I ever figure it out, I’ll tell you! I’m sure it makes perfect sense to her.

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