Thursday, March 19, 2009

Start a Streak

One thing I have learned from SparkPeople.com that I have found extremely helpful is when you want to make a change in your life, don't start big, start small. Take that small thing and turn it into a streak. Do it every day. Pretty soon you can add more small things, and before you know it, they are all a regular part of your life and they move you toward and become that big change you wanted.

I started a streak in my housekeeping. I cleaned the house on Saturday. Clean enough that I would not be embarrassed if someone stopped by unexpectedly. In order to keep it up, I chose one thing that I needed to do each night. I chose my least favorite chore: Dishes. Every night I would empty the dishwasher and reload it. I would also make an effort to keep up on the pots and pans, by washing them when I was running the dishwasher.

I am happy to say I'm doing quite well. Right now there is my big pot, a colander and the pan from dinner all soaking in the sink, and the dinner dishes are in the dishwasher. I'll run the dishwasher tomorrow evening when it is full. I just do the dishes right after dinner. I'm exhausted, and really want to leave them til tomorrow, but I know tomorrow will be the same, so I do it. Having the dishes picked up inspires me to be more mindful of what's on the counter too. Our counter top and bar become the junk repository each week, and I'm hoping that it will be my next addition to the streak.

What would you like to change in your life that starting a streak might help?

6 comments:

Jamie Tamez said...

I know for me, I always leave the things that I like the least for last. For me that would be the kitchen and laundry. I need to do a load of laundry everyday so I don't go in there and have 6 loads to do and hate it even more! Good thinking!

Danielle said...

If we didn't have that conversation before about flylady, I would suggest joining her site...

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I've done that before with my kitchen, too. Once it gets clean, it's easy to keep it clean as long as you spend a few minutes here and there.

Carla said...

I love it, like a little flame catching fire and taking off:)

Good for you, I know when a spot is tidy I'm happier, when its piled up, I'm bummed.

So, why, exactly is it SO hard to keep it clean?????

Burn baby burn:)

fritopi said...

i've tried to do this with writing/blogging, but sometimes it's hard to find time. though i guess that's just an excuse. there's always time, isn't there?

jennifer said...

EXCELLENT progress. I am trying to lose weight AGAIN!! I have decided to start by getting away from sugar. I am addicted to sugar so I am low carbing until the shakes pass :( Bigger steps to come later.

No steps made toward a clean house here.