Monday, March 13, 2006

Recovering from procrastination

I don't want to jinx myself or anything, but I think I may have found a way to kick my procrastination habit.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed Jenny mention Flylady at Three Kid Circus. The same day, Mir mentioned Flylady as well. I got curious. What is Flylady? Why are two such fabulous women, whom I deeply admire and respect mentioning it? I had to know.

When I clicked on Mir's link, I read through a section called "Shining your Sink." When I finished laughing and changing my undies, I read more. Basically, it was a housekeeping/ organization/life guide for the domestically challenged. Yep, I am one.

I scoffed at the site. You have to realize that I am a second generation slob. My mother's approach to housework was always, "Why? There are so many other things you could do!" I internalized this and adopted it as my own philosophy. Piles of laundry are silent. I have an eleven year old Cinderella, so the most pressing duties can be delegated. Dinner? hmmm. Pizza, anyone? Flylady? Forgot it. Or so I thought.

I arrived home that evening with a toddler, tween and KFC (ugh) and opened my book. The tween did her homework, the toddler romped through the (messy) house, cavorting with laundry clean and dirty. Dinner congealed on the counter, waiting for my spouse to come home. But a funny thing happened. I couldn't get Flylady out of my head. She was whispering to me, "You are better than this. You deserve more than this. Your family deserves more than this. GET OFF YOUR FRANNY!"

I put down my book. I went into my kitchen. I snapped on some gloves and I SHINED MY SINK!!!!! I laughed at myself the entire time. I truly couldn't believe I was actually doing it. But when I was finished, I had a huge smile on my face. It felt really good.

So the next day, I signed up for Flylady's Yahoo group. I began getting emails with suggestions for routines. It's starting slow. So far I have a morning routine. It's not really that much more time-consuming than my previous one. I get out of bed 15 minutes earlier, which is not less sleep, but less snooze bar. It took a week to really get it down, but this morning, I left with a clean bathroom, a made bed, a lunch and breakfast for my children, myself and my husband and a spring in my step. I feel good. Empowered. Do you know that last week, I made dinner every single night? And made/delivered a meal to a friend who just had a baby! This is epic for me. My husband is proud, my tween slightly confused, the toddler oblivious, but man, do I feel good!

Here's the weird part. It's affecting other areas of my life. I realized while I was shining my sink, that a huge part of my problem is procrastination. I put things off. A lot. When I stopped doing that at home, it was easier to do at work. This week, I am completely planned, copies made, and the next two weeks are laid out as well. My prep was spent prepping (and blogging.) and returning phone calls. My aide is impressed and, like my tween, a bit confused. It's fun.

Now if I can just keep it going.


Blogger Rimu said...

If you find Flylady useful, you will also find useful! It's a free site for automatically organizing chores, and sharing them among all members of the household.


12:56 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Rimu is right. This is a GREAT site. I really like the fact that I can print an official looking list of my demands on,Drama Queen's time.

Thanks Rimu!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Very cool!

I had to go shine my sink after reading your post (and looking at flylady's site.) Made all the difference to my kitchen and my day and I already have a cleaning routine.

I hope it continues to work for you.

4:54 AM  

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