Over at the DTE Forum we’ve been rocking along with our Simply Organised Challenge. One of the ideas we’ve been discussing is the once-a-week plan where we look to the week ahead anticipating when we’ll wash (do laundry), do cleaning tasks, pay bills, go the supermarket, fold/iron dry clothes, menu plan etc.
I’ve planned household tasks for the last fifteen or so years, I plan not to produce an extensive to-do list but to cover the essentials and then some so that my mind doesn’t become a stage for a mental siege on “Will I/ Won’t I?” It’s easy to fall into the trap of procrastination — surfing the Web, checking email or Facebook status and find that not only have you not achieved very much you haven’t actually benefitted from that diversionary activity on the most mediocre of entertainment levels.
In my thirties and forties I was an expert at creating mind bending long to-do lists and, in those days, I had the energy to come home and vacuum. No more.
These days I run a plan that matches my energy, I eliminate procrastination by knowing what to do at a particular time, I do what I need to do and then I walk away and go on with other things. In part I think this stems from having always worked outside my home so I have a huge motivation to keep my free time free.
I am a zealous advocate of choice. I believe each person must choose what is right for them regarding working in or outside the home. When that choice is made I believe we must ensure that each hour is well spent doing the work or enjoying the leisure it affords.That is the crux of simple living — or any well living.
Well spent is important, choosing less than well spent undermines who we are. Is your time less valuable than another’s?
As I get older I choose to waste less time (perhaps because there will be less of it?), I choose instead to set goals and work towards them. My goals are achievable, I don’t write in my planner “Clean the whole house”, I define goals and write steps towards them.
Knowing what I plan to do in that precious hour gap between 8am and 9am on a weekday morning defines action, gets results and frees up my evenings and weekends.