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PLAY HOUSEKEEPING ROULETTE
Do you hate housework? Are there chores you keep putting off because, well, they are pretty grim chores?
Peg Bracken, in her I Hate to Housekeep Book, offers a fun suggestion: She suggests you play Time Planner's Russian Roulette. On individual slips of paper list some of the unpleasant jobs you've been putting off, such as "reorganizing the medicine closet," "scrub the lime build up in the shower" or "purge out all those clothes you really won't wear "someday." To make the game sporting, add some slips of paper that list activities you enjoy. For example, "read a novel for an hour," "go bike riding," or "paint your toe nails." List one fun activity for every three unpleasant ones you include.
Put the slips in an empty container in a handy place. You might use a pretty basket, a piece of pottery, or a coffee can you decorate just for this purpose. Now, when you have some time, draw a slip. Even if you draw a grim job, start working. There's always hope the next slip will be a fun activity.
Here's another variation: make two containers. In one container, put slips of paper naming activities you love to do. This is your reward jar. If you have a hard time motivating yourself to do unpleasant chores, draw three pieces of paper from the chores jar. Your goal is to accomplish these three things. Let's say you'll do the dusting, the toilets, and shake out the rugs. When they are finished, draw one reward slip. You may be able to make yourself a cup of herb tea, sit outdoors for 10 minutes, or look for a new recipe.
Let's face it; those unpleasant tasks are not going to go away until you get them done. So, take time to find fun ways to motivate yourself to do them!
posted on: 5/18/2010 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.