Tuesday, December 13, 2005

How to "stay on track"!

Do you sometimes feel like you are "walking in circles" with your housework, and don't know where to start? I have often felt like that "for years"! Having three toddlers, ages three and under (twice!!), did not help my stressed feeling. I would get easily side-tracked, get discouraged, and pray to God for help in getting motivated. Well things have started to "come together" for me! I would like to share this with you! The Lord is really answering prayers!

I had an amazing day yesterday!! I was up for 15 hours, and tried to walk 1,000 steps/hr. It worked!! I used the "Motivational Pedometer Chart for Housekeeping", with my pedometer, and it "kept me moving'! Since I need to lose weight, and should walk 12,000 to 17,000 steps/day to lose weight, the housework is a great way to get in those steps! By evening, I had walked a total of 15,012 steps, and had a much cleaner house! (I had gotten up at 6:00 am and went to bed around 9:00 pm.)

With my kitchen timer, I kept using the "50 in 15" approach around my house, dividing "impossible" jobs into 15 minutes portions, trying to put 50 items away in 15 minutes. This approach worked well in the kitchen, the laundry room, with recyclables, etc. I found a wonderful (small) leather pouch, that I strap to my belt, to put my timer in, and wear it while I "walk/run" around the house.

I took my "To Do" list, from the "To Dos and Ta Das Group" and put it onto 3" X 5" recipe cards. I also took the weight loss reminders from "Annie's Weight Loss Group" and put those on 3" X 5" recipe cards. I organized them into a logical order, for my day, and put them into a photo album, with sleeves for 3 1/2" X 5" photos that I purchased at the Dollar Store for only $1.75!! This has been an amazing tool!! With my two reminder lists from the two groups in plastic page protectors, in my kitchen, I flip through the pages of my new album, and check off my "to dos" with a washable overhead marker. It really works!! I got through the list, did some extra items, (missed a few), and actually had time for some phone calls, posts to my groups, as well as some mending. It was a productive day, with the motivational tools of the pedometer, timer, to do lists, and album!

Hopefully these tips will be a blessing to you!!


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