Top Ten Countdown: Number Ten

August 21, 2010

So, I’m starting the countdown of the Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in 365 Days with Flylady. And Number Ten is:

I can get A LOT of things done in only 15 minutes.

Since the Timer is my Friend in 2010, I’ve utilized the services of my timer quite a bit this year. My timer has been very helpful in giving my 15 minutes to de-clutter, for example. Or 15 minutes to get the kids’ rooms picked up. Or 15 minutes to clear all of the Hot Spots in the kitchen. Yes, I’ve learned that I can get A LOT done in 15 minutes.

Top Ten Countdown

August 20, 2010

Tomorrow I’m hoping to start a countdown of the Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in 365 Days with Flylady. Stay tuned….

The Year in Review

August 19, 2010

Today, I started reading through my old blog posts in anticipation of summing it all up. It’s amazing how many things have changed…and how many have stayed the same.

Do It Now

August 18, 2010

Today, I was busy running errands all day, so I was physically pretty tired. Then, I washed the baby’s hair, which takes a bit of time since she’s not really a baby and has tons of three-year-old curly, curly hair. After that, I had some time before our bedtime goal and I had a choice: I could sit and watch a movie with the kids OR fold and put away the socks that had been waiting to be folded and put away. My tired body said, Sit down. But my Flylady brain said, Do it now.

So, I folded socks.

Favorite Post?

August 17, 2010

As I’m getting ready to wind down this blog (as far as contributing to it every, single day), I’m wondering if any of you have a favorite post?

Having a Flylady Control Journal is the Key

August 16, 2010

I read someone’s Flylady testimonial the other day that has really stuck with me. I don’t have the time right now to go look for it and link it, but, basically, she said that the real issue isn’t that everything is clean, the real issue is having a plan for a routine to keep everything clean. I have thought about this a lot lately. I tend, as we perfectionist SHEs do, to want everything to be clean at once or I start feeling kind of weirdly stressed and jittery. Even though I’ve been doing Flylady for quite some time, now, and don’t actually ever fall back into the “all or nothing” trap, I still feel like wanting everything to be clean at once.

But, this person is right on when she says that it’s not that important that any particular part of the house is clean at any one time, it’s having a plan, a routine, a control journal that helps keep the house clean. When I look at something that needs to be done (for example, the appliances needing some attention), instead of getting side-tracked from the task at hand, I can just remind myself that there will be a time set aside to attend to the appliances. So, what I’ve been trying to do today is, when I feel myself looking at something that needs attention (like, the secretary filing containers needing to be de-cluttered), I can just plan a time for getting that done.

This all probably seems so simple to people who aren’t SHEs….

A Little Family Fun at the Movies

August 15, 2010

It’s been awhile since we had a planned time of Family Fun. So, I was glad that this weekend there was the free movie at the theater. We’ve enjoyed seeing these free movies and it definitely falls under Family Fun.

The movie today was Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Now, the other free movies we have seen have been rated G, are usually animated and are pretty much totally innocuous. Since this movie is a rather intense, live-action, PG-rated movie, I had to give it a little more thought than I usually do before piling everyone into the car and heading to town. The scale was tipped in the favor of going because we had heard a selection from a Percy Jackson book read aloud at our local summer reading program AND because I think Greek mythology is rather interesting.

The movie was pretty intense and definitely loud. But even Anne was following the storyline and actually cheered at the end. I personally thought it was fairly well done.

In addition to providing some Family Fun, the movie also provoked me thinking more about Greek mythology. I’m glad that Greek myths are just myths. I’m grateful to serve a living God, the ONE and only true God.

Prefectionism, Creativity and a Letter to the Young People in My Life

August 14, 2010

I have recently been made aware of a venue for distributing art that has very exciting possibilities. I think it is a perfect venue for each and every one of the creative young people in my life. But, I know that they will, each and every one, protest that their art is not “good enough.” To them, I say:

Dear Young People,

Please, I beg you, do NOT withhold your art from the rest of the world because you think that it is not perfect. You have each been given amazing artistic gifts from God. I believe He intends to have you use those gifts to His glory. Satan will lie to you. He will tell you that, unless your art is “perfect,” it is not valuable. Do not believe this lie. Do your art. Distribute your art. Even–maybe, especially–if you do not consider it “perfect.”

Love, Your Mom and Mother-in-Law

And I am going to set an example by sending in a prototype for distribution. So, there, young people. Let’s see what you can do!

On Being Side-Tracked

August 13, 2010

If, before I understood about Flylady and being Side-tracked Home Executives, anyone would have asked me if I thought of myself as easily distracted, I would have responded, “NO!” After all, we SHEs can hyper-focus, so it seems like we are NOT easily distracted. But, as I have tried, over the past year, to determine the best time of day for different responsibilities in my Control Journal, I have come to the realization that I really have to have most of my chores done before the kids wake up. Why? Because once the kids are up, I am in non-stop distraction mode. I cannot make a single move without being distracted.

But, at least now I realize my tendency toward being distracted, especially when it comes to doing something I don’t especially want to do–like housework. That way, when a day like today happens in which there was absolutely no way I could possibly get all of the necessary chores done before the kids woke up, at least I could keep telling myself, Remember what chore you are doing and STAY FOCUSED, no matter how many small distractions keep interrupting you. Consequently, I got everything done that I set out to do this morning (and, believe me, it looked like a mountain of work at about 6am) and even recruited my small distractions into helping me with some of the chores.

More Reading

August 12, 2010

I am still making an effort to read for pleasure regularly. This time, however, I can’t really say that I obtained pleasure from the reading. I just finished Cat of the Century, which I grabbed from the library shelf on a whim last week. Oh, my. What a horribly written book. I can’t even begin to guess how many times I just about quit reading, but I stubbornly stuck it out to the end in case the author might manage to pull some trick out of her bag at the very last. No such luck.

The thing that drove me the most crazy with this book was that it was CHOCK FULL of irrelevance. Irrelevant conversations. Irrelevant references to the weather. Irrelevant references to the date. Irrelevant references to irrelevant characters. Now, I’ve read enough good mysteries to know that occasionally those good authors might throw in something that turns out to be irrelevant to the mystery, but it is never irrelevant to the story.

And I honestly can’t remember reading a book with more explanatory qualifiers. This author over-explained everything. It was as if she were expecting her reader to be an absolutely culturally illiterate idiot. Plus, I didn’t care one whit about any of the characters in this book. Not one whit. About even ONE of them.

And, yes, I know that Dorothy Sayers has spoiled me forever (and I believe that you, dear reader, either know who Dorothy Sayers is or you have the ability to Google her if you don’t and you want to find out, so I will NOT give an explanatory aside about her), but this “mystery” was beyond ridiculous. I obviously would not recommend it, nor will I likely read any of this “best selling author’s” other books. Oh, dear.

I think I’ll have to go grab some Lord Peter to get this out of my system….