Andrei is up grading students' work and David is between coughing fits (sleeping), so I guess I get to
go to bed finish kitchen clean-up do a little blogging!
Do you ever analyze why you have trouble meeting certain goals? What gets in your way? The other day I was thinking about my household chores and wondering why I just can't get around to doing the floors. The kitchen floor gets sprayed with baby food daily and it just gets a little swipe with a rag, but I rarely do the whole floor.
What gets in my way? Honestly, I always feel like I should vacuum before washing the floor, and that means dragging the vacuum out. Which means the baby has to be cared for during that time period. And then I have to have the actual mopping supplies on hand. And before vacuuming I should do the dusting, right? It's not that the actual task of mopping the floor is hard, it's just that I have to FACILITATE the event actually taking place. I have to figure out what steps might lead up to my actually taking the desired action.
And then I wondered what else I could accomplish the same way. For example, why don't I read my Bible more? Well, I can never decide on a translation, and then I wanted to read the Russian translation, but I lost my copy, so I can only read the full version on my computer, or borrow Andrei's. And then I have to lug my computer around from room to room, and if David is awake then he'll want to come play with the computer. I suppose I could keep a Bible/notebook/pen in each room of the house, just to make sure it happens. Clearly, I need a system.
We will always have our vices to struggle with, but we can make it easier to come out on top.
A few things I've implemented:
-if I put my vitamins on the kitchen table, I'm more likely to remember to take them
-if I cut up fruits/veggies into cute/bite-sized pieces, I'm more likely to eat them instead of junkfood
-if I have a rag/other cleaning supplies within arms' reach, I'm more likely to take a few minutes to do a really quick dusting/mirror shining/whatever.
-same goes for making reading material available!
The only problem is that this system requires having stuff "out," which doesn't always work well with tidyness. Hmmm.
What works for you?