I also plan what chores I will do in a week for example two or three chores a day .
when i do chores i listen to music or watch something to get me motivated! This helps me do my chores well and i set a time for how long i do my chores (like and hour per chore)
1. Write down all the things that should be done. Next, try to find out how much time every chore takes. When you know that, calculate how many time you have per day and choose what to do.
2. Choose one (type of) room per day and make sure it’s tidy and clean. If you don’t have that many rooms, it means you don’t have to clean every day. If you have more rooms than days in a week, this might not be the best option for you.
3. Keep track of when you’ve done what, using a calendar. Some chores are monthly business (cleaning windows), some half-yearly (checking the battery your fire alarm) and some more regular or even daily (like vacuuming, when you have pets and they shed).
4. Find out what chores you like to do, do these and let the rest be done by someone else. If that isn’t an option; do your favorite chores first thing in the morning, so that when you have an off-day, then at least you’ve done something. The less favorite chores can be done another moment.
Oh, and, if you don’t have one already: get a dishwasher and make it a rule that you put everything in the dishwasher right away!
I started timing myself. You think that’s crazy? So did I. But the little time and energy it took to time myself and write down how long things take to do, is making me so much more efficient and happier and gives me gratitude and a sense of accomplishment now. And remember, you only time yourself once but will have more of an understanding going forward.
I now schedule and block everything. What I didn’t do is leave ‘buffers’ in my schedule. I do now because sometimes I just need to come up for air. Or things take a bit longer due to unexpected delays, like not realizing I need gas and there was a line up, or someone was running late and now I am late… you get the point. Rest is good too. Just like with high interval training, you rest in between. Refocusing keeps you on track, more efficient and less frustrated. Learning to delegate and asking for help was another very useful lesson.
Say that I, in a normal day where I also need to study, want to clean my windows and my kitchen.
I start planning out how many 45 min blocks (my standard time) of studying I think I need to do, giving myself some leeway.
Then I count out other high-priority tasks like workouts, meals and breaks.
The remainin time is what I have left, and I'll then have to prioritise if the kitchen or the windows are more important and how much time I THINK they will take.
For this example, say that I have 3 45min blocks to work with. I plan 2 of them for the windows and 1 for the kitchen.
If i don't finish in that time I'll have to plan for doing the rest an other day.
With abit of practice with this I've gotten really good at guessing what I'll get don in 45 mins, and I've also learnt to do things more effectively and do the most important things first.
Mow and rake the yard
Make a veggie garden
Clean windows and walls
Clean celling fans
Clean the kitchen
Clean out pantry cupboard
During your rest you should laugh and/or smile; it reduces the level of the cortisol stress hormone and its damaging affecets if you dont use it to flee or fight every now and then.
Dont forget to be thankful for having somewhere to be and something to do. Have the most wonderful day every day❣️
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