Tuesday, October 26, 2010
So, yeah, there was a time when I advocated just the opposite and told you to get off your busy little feet and take a break. Good advice, if I do say so myself.
But some days, that good advice just doesn't apply. I've been busy lately. For the last five days I've either been running around (shopping, errands, moving my daughter, etc.), planning to run around (more errands and shopping, a couple of parties) or recovering from running around. My house is a wreck. Smells kind of funny, too, and I don't mean "funny ha-ha".
Usually I live by the lists I've made. These aren't hard and fast rules, but instead are tools I use to make sure things get done around here. If nothing else, they bring a task to mind and I'll give it some consideration before dismissing it as unnecessary. They also help me to do things in an order than makes sense (i.e., start laundry first, before dusting or cleaning the bathroom, because the laundry can be "working" in the background while I'm doing other things).
Every once in a while, though, my house will get so disorganized that even the lists don't do me much good. It's all so overwhelming. When that happens, I just get up and do something. Anything. Send order of operations to the wayside and just pick up those shoes, throw those bottles into the recycling bin, dust the top of the TV or boil those eggs for tomorrow's egg salad. It doesn't matter what gets done first, as long as something gets done.
Sooner than I expect, enough odd little things will have been done that I can begin to see a semblance of order returning to the house. THEN I can start working the lists again.
That's just one of my little tricks. The other? Clean the bathroom first. It's small, it cleans quickly, and it looks so much better that I just want move on to cleaning the other rooms in the house.
How about you? Do you have any tricks to motivate yourself to get off your butt and get things done? Please share.
Posted by Annie Jones at 6:45 AM