Running a household is a full-time job. It seems to go on and on, without an end in sight. Unfortunately, modern-day living comes with many distractions. TV, internet, shopping, it all distracts us from the important job of managing our homes. Too often normal pursuits lead us in many directions, and we wind up not doing anything. I am finding this is true for my life. Some days are better than others, and I am trying to fight the urge to give in to those distractions.
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One of the most important things I have learned is the importance of scheduling, and making every effort to stick to that schedule. I get distracted easily, and my attention span is short. I have very recently discovered a tool that has helped me to focus on the tasks at hand, and see them through to completion.
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My I-Pod, my cute little pink Nano, You see, small noises or interruptions would cause me to lose focus, and not accomplish anything, and then feel very disappointed in myself when things did not get finished. With the I-Pod, I can block out the extraneous noises around me. I am in the process of filling my I-Pod with upbeat music that makes me want to dance. It helps to keep me focused and on task.
I have also found these tips
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to be helpful in remaining on task, and managing keeping the health inspectors away, my home.
- Rise before the rest of the family. By getting up just 30 minutes before the rest of family, you can set the tone for a smooth day.
- Start your day eating a healthy breakfast. It’s a concept that has taken me a bit to get used to, but it really does make a difference.
- Don’t turn on your computer or tv until your basic chores are completed. Again, a common sense idea, but very key. If necessary, turn your computer off each night, and turn off the power bar connected to those devices.
- Have a monthly calendar.By having a monthly calendar that is immediately available allows you to have a quick overview, and you are less likely to miss important appointments.
- Make a to-do list. I recently purchased a weekly to-do list from my workplace, and spend 10 minutes each week planning ahead. I tentatively schedule laundry loads for each day, add any appointments or events, and add things like garbage day or ironing. Having things in black and white insures that things are not missed, and I am not frustrated.
- Ask for help. It’s okay to ask for help, even if it’s a little thing here or there. Cutting down on frustrations allows you to focus and complete your tasks.
Keeping goals during daily housework can help you to find the strength to see you through your daily responsibilities. While working outside the home can make these things more challenging, planning ahead can help you to overcome the dangers of distraction.
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