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Monday, December 14, 2009

Avoiding the To Do List

I have a to-do list a mile long like most of you but I often find myself wasting time.  Whether it is reading emails, blog hopping or chasing the kids for no apparent reason I am still avoiding that list. 

This morning we moved around the homeschool setting and put  Jesse's desk in the livingroom so that he could be monitored a little closer.  The new spot also has him in a spot for reduced visual distractions.  However, we created a mess in the process.  What we didn't do is finish cleaning it up!  Now I am sitting here writing and wondering why I am looking at a pile of disorganized mess.  I need to go through the stuff he pulled out of the corner and toss, purge, put it away or whatever.  The problem?  I don't want to.  I am a horrible housekeeper unless you can classify clutter as new chic decorating.

Anyway, that is really just one of my issues on my to-do list.  I am curious though how do you deal with your to-do list?  How is it written up or is it?  What suggestions do you have for someone who just avoids checking off their list?

I really appreciate your suggestions on helping me getting it all checked off!


Ginger said...

I can so relate. I use to be like June Cleaver with the perfect house. Now? Not so much. If someone knocked on the door I would let them in but it doesn't mean my own home is up to my old standards at all.

Some things that I do that help me alot now that I have a bad back from moving furniture in search of all those dust bunnies....
- Small trash cans near where we sit in the living room, bedroom, bath etc.
- When I open the mail I force myself to dump the junk and file or put away the rest.
- When I leave one room headed to another I grab that can go in that direction. When I get there, I do the same thing coming back. My chant is "NO WASTED STEPS".
- Straighten where you are at every opportunity.
The more you straighten everywhere, the sooner all the little stuff disappears.
- Stop collecting anything
- Stop buying anything unless you actually MUST have it.
- Get rid of anything that isn't a keepsake. It is collecting dust and causing you work.
- Clean one room a day at least. Straighten the rest.
- Put the kids to work.
- Put your spouse to work.
- Grab the kid's friends and put them to work and give them a treat, pizza party or whatever is appropriate for the age range.
- If you catch someone messing up, threaten them with toilet cleaning duty for a month DAILY if they don't stop messing up. Give them toilet duty anyway.
- Give up and hire a housekeeper and go shopping at Target. I have some deals for you. :)


Debbie Sutherland said...

I have a to-do list and I keep it in a journal on my desk. If I don't write it down, it swirls around and around in my mind not allowing me to think straight. It seems that if I write it down, I can let it go, until I finish one task, and I'm ready to tackle the next. Since I've started blogging, my blog has become my baby, my hobby, and my addiction!! "smile" I much rather blog, read blogs, leave comments on blogs, than take care of my home. It is wrong to be going down the track I am going, so I decided to do something about it....after all , my blog cannot be in the place of being a good mom, wife, friend, sister, aunt, and Christian. So now what I do is give myself time to blog as a reward...yes, like you reward a child when learning to clean his room and trying to learn responsibilities. I too have come to the conclusion if I know I can get a reward to sit and blog, I am eager to get the job at hand done. I set a timer, and work as hard as I can until the timer goes off. Then I allow my self some time to check my blog, my e-mail and the like. Then I look on my things to do list and set the timer again. I think we have to set pririties, me included, and do the things that need to get done, while still taking breaks in between allowing our selves to do what we want to do. For some reason once I get into something, I am headfirst into it. My blog is no exception. conclusion, I think you need to make a list and stop letting it twirl around in your mind eating up mental energy.

Make a decision as to how much time you would like to work on a To-Do item before taking a break and then stick to it. Make sure you set the timer...for some reason the timer makes you MOVE...

I hope this helps..I would love to hear what others have to say...

Blessings for the day,
Deb @ Frugal Living And Having Fun

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