Monday, December 12, 2011
Housework: Getting Motivated with a Timer
I read somewhere that housework is 90 percent mental work and 10 percent physical work. At first I thought that was crazy, but as I thought about it I realized that it had some merit. If my kitchen is messy, it only takes 5-10 minutes to empty the dishwasher and fill it and clean all the counters and do the hand wash dishes. But, the weight I feel when I look at it makes me not want to do it. It feels like it is a much bigger task then what it really is. This week, I am going to use a timer and do my housework in 15 minute intervals. When the timer goes off, I will work on other things I enjoy doing more for a while. If I spend an hour total (4 intervals) doing housework for the day, I should be able to get a lot done. One nice thing about housework is that as you do it and the house is clean, it motivates you to do more or to start decluttering something you have put off. So, if you are lacking in motivation occasionally, try the timer to get you back on task.