Monday, October 3, 2011
Day Three: Routine
They say that one ought not to take on too much all at once. They say that in order for change to "stick" it needs to be gradual--smoke one less cigarette a day until you are down to just that last one, start your weight loss plan with choosing an apple instead of a chocolate bar, that sort of thing.
I'm too impatient! I accept the risk that I may crash and burn, but I am a full-in, head-on changer. That's my style of change. No toe-dipping for me!
This series is a fantastic opportunity to establish the consistency I've been missing for doing my housework: the support I've received so far has been incredible and incredibly gratifying. I guess I perform best in front of an audience. So, now is the time to get into the rhythm.
So, today, I'm going to re-start my morning routine. I first created this routine last year to help me deal with the mornings when my daughter started school after being home-schooled for many years.
But, of course, today was not a routine Monday! My husband, who usually has the day off on Mondays worked over-time in order to help pay for our new wall in the basement and my daughter has a mild cold and so had a day on the couch.
Every routine, I think, has a trigger--and she going off to school is mine.
In the wake of the cold air rushing in as the door shuts behind her, I am supposed to turn around and do....
Dum da da dum....
The Morning Routine:
1. Swish and swipe the bathroom. (This is a Flylady thing.)
upstairs, um, no.
2. Put away dishes in dish rack.
2b. wash breakfast dishes.
3. 15 minute pick up throughout main floor.
This is how things start to look when I don't do this!
4. Pick up Master bedroom
4b. make bed.
5. Laundry: start a load, fold one if necessary.
6. Review calendar and review or make up daily To Do list
done. (It's a doozy, too.)
7. Do One Essential Task.
(This is new. I'll talk about this another time.)
Carrot: Computer time!
Yes. Twice! After doing the supper dishes, I decided to make muffins for my husband's work lunches in my nice clean kitchen. And then, I actually scrubbed out the muffin tin.
when I got up?
There was nothing. Well, nearly nothing. I decided to wait until after breakfast.
no. Three bowls and a pot.
Load put away?
Half of it.
Thank you all so much for your encouragement. I means more than I can say.