Archive for the ‘Missons’ Category

Zone Mission Complete

April 26, 2010

Today, I decided that I would get the Zone Mission done without any excuses. All I had to do today was get a few stray papers off of the end table. So, I did. And do you know what? Every time I passed the living room today, I didn’t have any guilt about not having done the Zone Mission.

I would say that, “Just do it,” is my motto today, but I think that someone else has already snagged that one.

Missions Accomplished

February 12, 2010

All of the kitchen missions for this week have been completed. Woo-hoo! We had a crazy couple of days that were out-of-routine (the whole afternoon at the dentist, for example), so I set aside some time yesterday afternoon to complete the missions. Because I was doing several at once, I started to feel slightly overwhelmed. But, then I thought, No, just go in chronological order as if you had been doing one each day. That jump-started my focus and away I went.

I’ll say it again, Woo-hoo!

Flylady’s Zone Missions and John Piper

January 30, 2010

I have an announcement: I completed all of the Living Room Zone Missions this week. If you have been reading my blog at all, you will remember that it has been challenging for me to get all of the Zone Missions done each week. I had come to the conclusion earlier that I was more apt to work on the Zone Missions when Joey was home in case a small person needed something. That way, he could deal with the need so I wouldn’t be interrupted a million times and turn a 15-minute task into a 45-minute or hour-long task that monopolized my day. This theory proved true in the Living Room Zone Missions this week and I just planned to complete the Zone Missions when he was around.

However, something interesting happened on Friday when I had done all of the Missions. At first, I had a sense of accomplishment and relief that I had actually completed ALL of the Missions. I was really seeing the advantage of making an effort to complete the Missions in each Zone each week because, like doing two loads of laundry every day instead of 14 loads on one day, the tasks I had just performed would not be so daunting next time around. The end table would not be as cluttered with old newspapers in 5 weeks as it was after 5 months, for example. I could see how it would end up saving me a lot of time in the long run if I could keep up with the Missions.

But then, after my initial relief and inspiration, I found myself feeling kind of irritated and annoyed. I didn’t want anyone to mess up the work I had spent time doing this week. Okay, all of you who have seven children living in your house 24/7, as well as five more adult children dropping in and out at will, can understand how absolutely futile it is to want an area of your house to reflect, for any length of time AT ALL, the work you have done on it. This was my latent perfectionism rearing its ugly head again. I was having a difficult time letting go of the desire for my work in the Zone to be, well, revered by all.

Now, I want to say that it wasn’t like anyone was blatantly trashing the living room. It was just that I was wanting everyone to be constantly telling themselves, Look at all of the work that Mom did in here this week! Let’s make sure that there’s not a single stray sock anywhere. I was losing my perspective on why I was cleaning the house at all. Aren’t I doing the Zone Missions so we can all live in this house comfortably?

This is where John Piper comes in. Well, he didn’t actually come into my very clean living room. He came into my computer area via the Presidential Prayer Team newsletter. He had written an opinion piece for them entitled, “Let Christians Vote as Though They Were Not Voting.” He starts off with an excerpt from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:

The appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

Then, he compares each of these issues that Paul has mentioned with voting. It’s a very interesting article. I hope you take time to read it. But, you ask, what does this have to do with Flylady’s Zone Missions?

Well, John Piper wrote this about dealing with the world:

“Let those who deal with the world [do so] as though they had no dealings with it.”

Christians should deal with the world. This world is here to be used. Dealt with. There is no avoiding it. Not to deal with it is to deal with it that way. Not to weed your garden is to cultivate a weedy garden. Not to wear a coat in Minnesota is to freeze—to deal with the cold that way. Not to stop when the light is red is to spend your money on fines or hospital bills and deal with the world that way. We must deal with the world.

But as we deal with it, we don’t give it our fullest attention. We don’t ascribe to the world the greatest status. There are unseen things that are vastly more precious than the world. We use the world without offering it our whole soul. We may work with all our might when dealing with the world, but the full passions of our heart will be attached to something higher—Godward purposes. We use the world, but not as an end in itself. It is a means. We deal with the world in order to make much of Christ.

Aha! This was what I needed to hear. I need to deal with the world. Not dealing with it, not cleaning the house, is dealing with it that way. Not to clean the house is to end up in CHAOS. I must deal with the house. But as I deal with it, I don’t need to give it my fullest attention. I don’t need to ascribe to a perfectly clean living room the greatest status. There are unseen things vastly more precious than a clean living room. The full passions of my heart should not be attached to the maintenance of my clean living room, but something higher. I deal with my Zone Missions to make much of Christ.

None of this is news to me. I give an intellectual assent to these very concepts constantly in my life. It is the practice of what I know that is a continual challenge. And I am grateful that Flylady and John Piper keep me thinking and working toward melding what I know with what I do.

Let me clean as though I were not cleaning!

Shocking

January 28, 2010

I have shocked myself twice in the past 24 hours. First, last night after supper, I said to myself, Might as well go ahead and do my Zone Missions before the big kids get here for music practice. WHAT? I said this to myself? After a LONG day at therapies with Peter and Lyd, I still said this to myself? And then I shocked myself even more: I got up and DID the Zone Missions.

Then, this morning, I noticed that something had been spilled in the refrigerator, so I grabbed a sponge and wiped it up. Now, let’s just stop and think about this. First, I NOTICED that something had been spilled. Only you fellow SHEs will ever understand how we truly, truly do not see things that need to be picked up or cleaned up. Then, I grabbed a sponge and wiped it up. Was this Kitchen Zone day? No! Did I feel the urge to clean the whole refrigerator out, too? No! I actually just saw a small mess that needed to be cleaned up and I did it.

I am obviously getting more and more flywashed. I love being shocked like this!

Routines and Not Feeling Tip-Top

January 25, 2010

I didn’t sleep very well last night. The wind woke me up a lot (and I LIKE wind, so…). My throat feels slightly funny this morning. It’s not exactly sore, it just feels weird in one spot. But, I am not overwhelmed or stressed out because I know that I can pace myself to get my routines done. There’s no big rush to “catch up” from the weekend or anything. Plus, I’m excited about the Zone Missions being in the living room this week because that was just the area that I wanted to focus on.

With Flylady and echinacea tea, I think I’m going to be feeling tip-top in no time.

Master Bedroom Zone Missions

January 19, 2010

When I saw the Sneak Peek for this week’s Zone Missions, I think I let out an audible groan. Why? Well, the Master Bedroom is the most difficult Zone for me to clean while supervising small people. It’s not really that it’s very messy at all, so it’s not a lot of work to clean it. It’s just that the Master Bedroom is way out of the way of the general flow of traffic and activity. Consequently, I have to make a concerted effort to plan for time to clean there. But, I was inspired by some of Kelly’s ideas for Master Bedroom makeovers, so, hopefully, I’ll find it a little easier to make the effort.

Flylady and Mondays

January 12, 2010

On Monday, I felt like I was on the verge of coming down with a cold. I also felt extremely tired in the morning. I attributed this to recently having gone from one major event to the next, to the next, to the next, etc. Yesterday was the first day in weeks — well, actually months! — that I wasn’t preparing for a significant family holiday celebration or a daughter’s wedding. My body was just saying, “Whew! That’s all behind me!”

Yet, I found that it wasn’t very difficult to accomplish yesterday’s Zone Missions in the bathrooms. Nor was it hard to get my two loads of laundry done. Or shine the sink. I just love it that these household chores are habits and that they aren’t a huge effort anymore. So, when I’m not feeling quite up to snuff, I can still get stuff done around the house without overtaxing myself.

And, I’m happy to report, several cups of Echinacea tea and a long nap have revived me quite well.

Company without CHAOS

January 9, 2010

Have you ever watched the reality television show, “Groomer Has It” on Animal Planet? Well, about a year ago, we faithfully trudged into Mom and Dad’s house (they have satellite television) every Saturday night to watch season two of “Groomer Has It” because one of Jacob’s long-distance grooming mentors was a participant. Her name is Lisa Leady and she has been a great supporter of Jacob as he improves his dog grooming skills, patiently answering all of his questions and encouraging him in his competitions.

This fall, Groom Team USA, a team of top groomers who compete internationally, was holding fund-raising auctions to support their travel costs. Jacob won an auction for Lisa Leady’s hands-on training. And the training session is this weekend! Clara and Levi picked her up at the airport yesterday on their way home from their honeymoon and they all joined us for a pizza supper last night.

It’s so nice to get to visit with Lisa, again (we met her in person at the grooming competition in Chicago this past summer). AND it’s so nice that since we don’t have any CHAOS around here anymore, I didn’t spend all day yesterday frantically cleaning. The only thing that I really had to do was mop (which was the Zone Mission for the day, anyway).

Yea! for company! Yea! for no CHAOS!

A New Year with Missions

January 8, 2010

I’ve been able to keep up with the Zone Missions this week which is a happy thing. There are probably a couple of factors contributing to my success: Joey’s being home and that my kitchen was where I was most motivated to clean. Whatever the case, I’m glad!

Flylady’s 2010 Motto

December 29, 2009

Lately, I have been thinking about my Flylady routines and my motivators for getting things accomplished. I still catch myself procrastinating at times. As usual, I want to get to the root of the problem so that the solution is not just a temporary fix.

One thing I’ve noticed is that I don’t take advantage of actually using the timer. It’s more like I mentally acknowledge that it’s not going to take very long to complete a task, so I might as well not put it off. But, I rarely go get the timer and set it for 15 minutes. I was also thinking that I should really start using the timer to work in my creative time each day.

Then, I saw Flylady’s post on the 2010 motto. I wonder if all of my musings were based on my already having seen that motto, but forgetting what it was! Or, maybe, it was God-incidence.

In any case, after the wedding, my timer is going to get a serious workout because “My Timer is My Friend in 2010.”