Have a 5 Minute Break? Here are 8 Awesome Things You Can Do

How to use micro-breaks to get more done.


Rose Bak

3 years ago | 2 min read

Do you feel like you never get anything done?

There are many things you can accomplish in less than five minutes by using microbreaks. A short break between meetings can be just what you need to get more done and feel less overwhelmed. Here are some ideas:

Wipe down your sink and toilet seat.

Grab a baby wipe (these make great spot cleaning tools) or a paper towel. Give your sink and/or toilet seat a spritz of cleaner, and wipe them down. It’s a quick way to keep the bathroom tidy between cleanings.

Do a “rampage of appreciation.”

Grab a journal or notebook and a pen set a timer for five minutes, and write down everything you can think of that you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be major, you don’t need complete sentences, just let it flow. Writer’s block? Look around the room and list everything you see around you that you appreciate.

Play with your dog.

Head outside with Fido and start tossing the ball around for a quick game of fetch. Tug of war works too. If your dog isn’t one to play, practice commands like “sit” or “stay”. Don’t forget the reward treats.

Change your sheets.

Experts recommend that you change your sheets weekly, but most of us go for longer than that. It takes less than five minutes to change your sheets, so freshen up your bed today. Don’t forget to add a spritz of lavender on the mattress to increase relaxation.

Clean the microwave.

The microwave is one of those spots that gets neglected. Start by filling a cup with water and cooking it on high for two minutes. The steam will loosen up some of the caked-on gunk. Then use paper towels or a dampened sponge to clean the sides and underneath the rotating tray. Don’t forget the top.

Get your inbox under control.

We all have a lot of clutter in our email boxes. Spend a few minutes deleting old emails and unsubscribing from mailing lists you don’t read. Turn off notification emails in your social media accounts to reduce the influx of new email.


Even a five-minute breathing break will give you a chance to settle your mind and improve your outlook. You can use one of the myriads of meditation apps on the market, or set a time, close your eyes, and focus on your breath.

Dust the ceiling fan.

Seriously, look up at your ceiling fans. They’re probably pretty dusty. Grab your swiffer or your hand vac and clean off the top of the blade and the fan housing.


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Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer, author and yoga teacher who lives in Portland, Oregon. As a dedicated multipotentialite, she has a writes on a variety of topics including self-care, aging, inspiration, business, and pop culture. She is also a published author of romantic fiction.







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