Free 5-Minute Task List

Fre Printable: 5-Minute Tasks

One of my secrets to being more productive is redeeming the small snatches of time that usually come up between other commitments. That’s why I created this Free 5-Minute Task List.

Having such a list of odd jobs I can knock off in 5 minutes or less helps me use my time wisely whenever such opportunities present themselves. Download and print a copy for your own use.

Make the Most of Your Time

On it you’ll find quick cleaning chores and organizational tasks, all of which can be done in a few minutes. Things like making your bed, emptying a dishwasher, dusting a room of furniture, starting a load of laundry, or cleaning out from under sofa cushions.

Need some fresh air and sunshine? Then head outside to sweep the porch, water your plants, or pull a few weeds.

Is the paperwork piling up on your desk? Set a timer for 5 minutes and sort through the mail, pay a few bills, review your to-do list, or organize a single drawer.

You’ll also find self-care reminders our free 5-minute task list. Use some of those small segments of time to take care of yourself or nurture your relationships with family and friends. Spend five minutes reading your Bible, saying a prayer, fueling your body with a healthy snack, or getting in a little exercise.

Or you can invest those same five minutes in somebody you love. Read a picture book to your child. Send a note to a friend. Make a cup of coffee or tea for your spouse.

Free Printable 5-Minute Task List

Go for a Few Quick, 5-Minute Wins

Many of the daily tasks that demand our attention (like the ones listed below) can be completed quickly, in only 5 minutes or less. So stop waiting for a huge block of time to tend to household responsibilities or nurture your relationships, and do what you can in the small snatches of time that present themselves throughout the day.

In the Bedroom:

In the Kitchen:

In Your Living Areas:

  • Dust furniture
  • Tidy room
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Clean under sofa cushions

In the Utility Room:

  • Start a load of laundry
  • Fold a load of laundry
  • Sew on a button
  • Mend a seam
  • Clean lint traps
  • Match socks


  • Sweep porch
  • Put away abandoned shoes
  • Water plants


  • Sort through mail
  • Clear off your desk
  • File papers
  • Pay bills
  • Review your to-do list
  • Organize a drawer



Teach Your Family to Use Their Time Wisely, Too

Want to multiply your time and efficiency even further? Then recruit the rest of your family to help. Check out or age-appropriate chore chart for children. It will provide plenty of ideas for enlisting them to work right alongside you.

Age-Appropriate Children's Chore Chart

And for a task list that is organized room-by-room, check out our spring cleaning checklist.

Free Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

Finally, I know multi-tasking has gotten a bad rap these days. But there are smart ways to multi-task that can improve your productivity even further. For suggestions on making multi-tasking work for you, check out this post.

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    1. I’m not sure why that file isn’t printing for you, Lorille. I checked, and it’s printing fine here. I just sent a compressed copy to you via email. See if that one works any better for you.

    1. So sorry, Glenda! We’re experiencing higher-than-normal traffic, and it’s making response time a little sluggish. Thanks for trying. I’ve emailed you a copy of it directly, so check your inbox for it. Enjoy!

  1. Just thought I’d let you know that the link for the 5-minute tasks doesn’t seem to be working. 🙂 Everything else on my computer is though.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know, Pam. I just resent that newsletter with updated links. They should all be working fine now, but I mailed the 5 minute task list to you directly so you needn’t hassle with it any further. I appreciate your alerting me to the problem!

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