Ever avoided jobs around your house because it’s so much more appealing to sit and binge watch a series on Netflix? That’s me usually, but I have come up with some good motivational things to get me up off of the sofa to get those pesky little tasks done. Here’s what I do:
Say to yourself, if you complete that job, you get something nice or can do something enjoyable. If the dishwasher needs loading, tell yourself once you’ve done it, you can sit and enjoy a few episodes of the series that you’re watching. Or tell yourself that you can have a few cheeky biscuits with a cuppa once you’ve dusted downstairs. Yes, I see those of you out there that are thinking, why don’t I just skip to the good part? You totally can. BUT you feel soo much better sitting down and chilling doing what you’ve rewarded yourself with knowing that the job is done. Or else it will sit in the back of your mind and bug you until it is done.
That small, annoying job that needs doing that stares at you and haunts you… how long does it actually take you to do? I challenge you to time yourself doing it. Sounds weird, but I timed myself unloading and loading the dishwasher, and it took me 8 minutes. That’s it. I was taking my time and being quiet as my daughter was asleep, so I guarantee it would take me even less time normally. So, now when I think of doing that job, I know it’s only a few minutes of my day and the thought of doing it doesn’t bother me so much.
Write it down
Sometimes my mind is SO FULL of all of the tasks that I need to do so I just write it all down – not in any particular order. Then, with a clearer head I can start to organise what to do first and which are my priority jobs (love a bit of colour coding to make my brain happy). I also LOVE crossing things off of a list. It is just the best!
Set a timer
At the end of the day, when you’ve had your dinner and you’re feeling ready for bed, nobody wants to tidy up. You think to yourself, ‘Oh it’s fine I’ll clear up in the morning.’ STOP. Your tomorrow self will love you for this next tip. Set a 15 minute timer. This is the allocated time that you are giving yourself to pick up the plates, take any cups into the kitchen, fluff your cushions on the sofa and get any other tiny jobs done. TRUST ME you will feel so much better coming downstairs the next day to a clear kitchen. It’s much better getting a cup of tea or coffee and making breakfast with clear kitchen sides. You’ll actually be surprised how much you can get done in that short amount of time too.
I am a true believer that a body in motion, stays in motion. If you give yourself the chance to sit down and take 10 on your phone before you start or in between, that 10 minutes will easily turn into 30, 40 or even an hour before you know it. I really try to sit down once the job is done. Yes, I take breaks in between if I’m stopping for lunch or just need a break. But I keep in mind not to stay still for too long or else the comfort takes over and I will just stay there and get sucked into a Netflix hole and binge!
Have you got any other things that you do to keep you motivated to tidy? Let me know in the comments and we can share tips! 😌