I recently had some vacation time and I wanted to make sure that I used my time well. There were many projects around the house that I’ve been wanting to get done, but just haven’t had the time or the energy to tackle them on week nights or weekends. I had a long list of things that I wanted to get accomplished and it was important that I stayed on track.
I started by making a list of everything that I wanted to get done, no matter how small the job. I also made sure that I included not only the chores, but the fun things too. Then I started day by day and divided up the tasks to certain days. I kept in mind the length of time that I figured it would take to complete the task and I front loaded the week so I got all the hard jobs done early on so I could take more time to relax later on.
I find that it really helps to motivate when you can check things off a list. A list really helps me to keep focused as well. I can be a bit of a procrastinator, but once I set my mind to something I’m laser focused.
(Saturday I started by washing the windows)
Keeping distractions at bay was also a huge help in managing my time. Usually when I clean I have YouTube on in the background, but I often get side tracked and stop working. I put down my phone and the radio has been my best friend this week. It filled the empty space and it just keeps on playing, no need to spend time selecting a playlist or an artist, I just set the station and let it go. I’ve had the local classic rock station on most of the week.
(Spent some time cleaning out the garage and getting some old appliances ready for disposal)
There were a few times that I over estimated or near the end of the week just got lazy and didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to do. In those cases I just transferred the job over to the next day. Luckily, it was mostly little things and I’m happy to say that I finished off the week with nothing left on the list. I even fit in time for some reading and relaxing in the sunroom, I was grateful to have the perfect weather for it.
(Monday I spend the day in the basement cleaning up efflorescence from the walls)
(Cleaned the algae from the siding)
Another thing to help break up the monotony of endless chores is to make sure to give yourself a little reward for working so hard. It helps to have something to look forward to. As Agent Dale Cooper says, “Everyday, once a day, give yourself a present.” That’s some good advice.
(I also cleaned the patio furniture and got out the lights)
(Even made some time to Henna my hair)
What are some of the things that help you stay on track with a long To Do List?
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