Day 4– Write These Things Down.
Writing down what we need to do reminds us. I definitely need this, but I think I don’t. This is the danger. I keep it all in my head, and most of it I remember. But some of it I just don’t fit in, and I let it just go….
I have a decent Control Journal. It sits on my counter, buried under papers that I never get to.
I don’t use it much.
I’ll start it again.
Do you put post its up around the house? What works for you to remember what you need to do next?
Today, Day 3 of Flylady’s Babysteps is to do what we have already done. Which is:
- Keeping your sink shining (my step 1 post here)
- Getting up and getting dressed to lace up shoes. (my step #2 post here)
Why am I starting again with Flylady’s Baby Steps? Read here to find out.
Today has been a very busy day with grocery shopping and trying to get back on schedule after that. So, I’m glad there is not a new action for today. I’m content to just “do what we have already done”
And, I LOVE the enthusiasm so many are showing. I love the accountability I’m getting by posting publicly, and I’m having fun. So, today I’m just enjoying knowing where these Babysteps will take me…..
Imagine the peaceful home that is awaiting.
You can do it too! Join in, even if you haven’t started. Start now.
Yesterday I practiced Babystep #2: Get Dressed To Lace Up Shoes.
This means getting completely dressed, right away, including hair and face. You act differently, more professionally, when you have clothes and shoes on. When I do this I am ready for anything that might come up (or anyone who might come to the door).
To read Flylady’s complete explanation of why to do this, go here.
This is a good habit and is not one I struggle with. Well, now that my baby is almost 10 months and I’m not up at all hours nursing her. With a tiny baby, I’m lucky if I am able to get dressed at all. Or shower. Or have time to use the bathroom.
Wait a minute, I still don’t get a moment of peace in there!
But I digress.
As I was saying, I have already made this a habit of mine and so I won’t pretend it’s new to me. But, I will say that it’s a good one. I get all the way dressed before I wake the children. My shoes tell my brain that it’s time to go to work.
And, off to work I go!
Did you get dressed to shoes today?
If you want to know more about this series, read this post to know why I’m doing this.
I’ve noticed that some others are blogging their Babystep Challenge Experience. Let’s get together on it! If you have a relevant post, add it below in the Mister Linky! After doing that, please link back to this post so we can all share. Thanks!
Here it is: my shiny sink. I was so excited to have a stainless steel sink when we moved into this house 2 years ago, since my last one was ceramic that looked dingy unless I bleached it at least once a week. So, I never bothered with that step with this one since I always thought it didn’t need it.
Now it’s cleaner than it was before. Looks great.
How’s yours coming?
I even emptied the dishdrain before I went to bed. I never do that. And it sure did smile at me this morning!
For more about this, read my first post in this series, or visit Flylady.net.
I was brought up well. I was taught manners and grooming, responsibility and morals. I graduated as an honor student, went to college and got a Bachelor’s degree. And then I went to graduate school and got a Doctorate in Chiropractic. I studied hard, worked hard, learned a lot. I’m no brain surgeon, but I consider myself a fairly intelligent, hard working person.
So, when it came to cooking and cleaning my home, staying on top of things, I figured I could handle it.
I repeat. HA HA.
After a few years of floundering around, feeling like a failure because I couldn’t manage my home, I found Flylady.net.
Flylady is an online coach/fairy godmother who lovingly nudges you with very specific instructions that are easy to follow. And if you follow them, you can have a peaceful home with everything in order. No more CHAOS (Can’t Have Anybody Over Syndrome).
Now, I’m not new to the Flylady system. I’ve been “using” it for a few years now. I put “using” in quotes, because although I’ve learned a ton and made many changes, there are a few things I just haven’t made habits yet. Things that really are preventing me from having the peace I want in my home.
A few of my friends on twitter have decided to begin again with Flylady. And I’m joining in. It begins with the Beginner’s Babysteps.
Step 1 is to Go Shine Your Kitchen Sink. If you want to know why, you’re better off checking out the source.
I’m glad that I can start again, at any point. Taking babysteps is something that I know Works For Me.
If you want to jump in and join us, let me know! Leave a comment!
I’ll be posting the daily baby step assignment as well as my progress. Stay tuned for pictures of my shiny sink!
For more WFMW, go to WeAreThatFamily.com
You may have noticed a dramatic increase in my number of posts lately. If you haven’t, that’s okay. I know some people who have noticed, but not because they read this blog. I am, of course, referring to mi familia.
And the way they have noticed is this: every evening when the kiddos are told to lay out their clothes for the next morning (something I learned from Flylady; very helpful), I inevitably hear something that sounds like this:
“I can’t find a shirt” or “I have no socks” or, well, you get the picture. And although I do believe we must house an entire tribe of sock hiding gremlins, at least one or two pair would be found for use, that is, if I had actually folded and put the laundry away.
I get it washed; doing one full load (sometimes 2) a day keeps me on top of it. And it gets line dried in the sun. I even figured out that I can fold as I take it off the line and stack it by owner as I put it in the basket. But still…..I just haven’t been putting it away. Some, but not all.
So, I made a new rule for myself, starting today: No Publishing A Post Until ALL Laundry is FOLDED and PUT AWAY.
As you can see, I did it!
Little rewards help me get things done. It works for me. What works for you?
See what works for lots of other moms at wearethatfamily.com