30 Things To Do in 5 Minutes or Less


“It’ll only take five minutes, I promise.”

Famous last words, am I right? You probably know someone who has said this to you and it definitely did not take five minutes or less. You probably spent at least 30 minutes on the thing and you may have wondered, “What can I actually DO in five minutes or less?”

If you’re an avid reader, you know I’m all about being productive and efficient with my time. When I have 5 minutes to spare, I don’t like to sit around and do nothing OR spend it on social media. It’s so easy to check Facebook or scroll through Instagram when we have a few minutes to spare. Believe me, I KNOW. We all have our lazy days, yes, but it’s hard to willingly “waste time” when there are so many things you can quickly do that don’t take much time at all.

Here are a few ideas to help you pass the time…in 5 minutes or less.

  1. Make your bed

  2. Brush your teeth

  3. Fold some clothes

  4. Squats (It’s harder than it sounds to squat for 5 minutes straight!)

  5. Jumping jacks

  6. Wash some dishes

  7. Drink a glass of water

  8. Fold some blankets

  9. Clean up the kitchen table

  10. Light a candle and pray

  11. Read a few pages of your favorite book

  12. Write a note to a friend

  13. Send a text to someone on your mind

  14. Vacuum a room

  15. Jog in place

  16. Write a to-do list

  17. Write a grocery list

  18. Throw away trash and junk mail

  19. Take the trash out

  20. Sweep the porch

  21. Paint your nails

  22. Wash your face

  23. Pick out tomorrow’s outfit

  24. Clean your makeup brushes

  25. Answer 5 emails

  26. Clean your workspace

  27. Update and review your calendar

  28. Listen to an uplifting song

  29. Walk

  30. Sit down, breathe, and don’t check your phone