Fly Lady and folding Laundry
First off, I should give a disclaimer that I have never read anything specifically by "Fly Lady" - I've just read of her philosophy on other sites, articles, books. Anyway, one day (April 5 if you want to get technical) I was feeling particularly lazy and had been in a housecleaning rut for a few weeks. I decided to just set the timer on my cell phone for 15 minutes and race against myself to see how much laundry I could get folded in that amount of time. Surprisingly.... I folded the ENTIRE basket of laundry (everything you see folded on the bed) within that 15 minute time frame.
So now when I need to jump start my day, I set the timer on my cell phone for 15 minutes and race against myself to see how much I can get done before the timer goes off. And when the timer goes off, I do something fun for myself for the next 15 minutes before I go back to work. And if I don't get myself pulled away from my fun activity, at least I know I did some 'work' before I 'played' and that it is visible work that has been completed so that Tips doesn't come home and think I've been glued to the computer or my book all day.