I grew more and more frustrated as I sat on the couch, not feeling well enough to do all the things I wanted to do.
I fought feelings of embarrassment, maybe even shame, over needing so much sleep.
Then, I was reminded of this truth:
Productivity includes rest.
And these circumstances have me wondering about you. I tend to write under the assumption that you are healthy and well and able-bodied. But maybe you aren’t.
Perhaps like me the past few days, a good day is getting out of bed.
In that case, I want to share my Plan B, or what I consider a more realistic approach to getting things done.
7 Tips for Creating a Realistic Household Routine
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1. Listen to Your Body
To start, I’ve become a student of my body, paying attention to patterns in the timing and triggers of good days and not-so-good days as well as paying attention to what time/s of day that I feel best.
This will help you plan accordingly.
For me, that looks like giving myself plenty of time to wake up, taking the day slowly and having compassion for myself. Something my counselor tells me I need to work on.
2. Make a List of What You Can Do
Focus on the positive by writing down what you can do; the tasks that don’t require a lot of exertion. I find that on days I don’t feel well, I’m able to check the mail, write a grocery list, or take the dog outside. Maybe all you can do is dressed, wash your face, or brush your teeth. What you do doesn’t have to be a chore in order to count.
3. Know Your Limits
Knowing what you can’t or shouldn’t do is just as important as knowing what you can do. It does not pay to push the limits which I’ve tested. So, assign those chores to the other members of your household, allow a willing friend to help, or hire help.
I know how hard it is to one, accept your limitations and two, ask for help. But I’ve learned that loved ones want to help and appreciate the opportunity to do so.
4. Break Chores into Tiny To-Do’s
If you do have the energy for some household chores, break them down into smaller tasks. For example, instead of cleaning the entire bathroom all at once, spread that chore out over the week.
- Monday – wipe down the mirrors
- Tuesday – clean the counters
- Wednesday – clean the toilet
- Thursday – scrub the tub
- Friday – sweep the floors
5. Keep a Daily Maintenance Routine
A daily routine keeps chores and clutter from piling up. I can go a long while in between house cleanings when I squeegee the shower and spray it down with a daily spray after each use. Melissa Maker of Clean My Space suggests that you might not ever need to clean your shower again if you maintain it daily.
6. Take Advantage of Online Services
I’ve become more of an online shopper these days and am taking advantage of delivery/membership services like Grove Collaborative and Young Living.
If you’re in my Facebook group for email subscribers, you may have seen the live video I shared on the products I order through *Grove Collaborative. They have everything from candles to dish towels to beauty products to paper goods to cleaning supplies. And, they’re all natural.
7. Redefine Success
As I mention in my book, different stages of life call for adapting our expectations and standards. Right now, I just want clutter free surfaces, an empty kitchen sink and a clean bathroom while deep cleaning has dropped down on the priority list.
And as I get used to doing less, I’m reminded of something I’ve said on this blog many times before, but I think it bears repeating.
Productivity is not the measure of your worth.
See you in class,