It’s happened to us all: Saturday Morning, nice hot cup of coffee, cartoons on the TV, and wham! Our significant other hits us with a list of chores. Or, maybe you’ve brought it on yourself and the list of chores is your own that you just remembered, right when Bugs was lamenting missing that left turn in Albuquerque.
How do you mix the stuff you have to do with the stuff you want to do? It’s an age-old question, and many people have given sage answers, silly answers, and even bad answers. What follows is a mix of those, and just reading this blog could be considered ‘procrastination’, which is tactic #4 in the list below.
- Don’t buy, rent: The easiest way to avoid many of the items on a honey-do list is to not buy a house. Let someone else take care of things, this limits your list to cleaning, shopping, and laundry.
- Schedule your time: The best way to make sure you have plenty of time to relax is to create a schedule and stick to it. Block off your time based on the activity. If yard work is on the list, set aside time during the cooler periods of the day, and if you have indoor chores, maybe do them after the sun goes down. Giving yourself time to relax and enjoy some fun will make the list less intrusive, and you’ll feel rewarded instead of encumbered.
- Update the list: This one sounds simple, but it’s amazing how satisfying it is to scratch things off a list. Just cross items off as you finish them and resist the urge to add things to the bottom; finish the list and then, and only then, create a new one.
- Put fun things on the list: Add fun items to your to-do list, fun things that have an organizational outcome. Organize your photographs, rearrange your vinyl albums, or categorize your Smurf collection. These fun things will let you take a walk down memory lane while organizing your stuff!
- When she (or he) gives you your list, give him (or her) one back: Yes, it may seem petty, but what this will accomplish is ensuring that the list you are given only has truly needed items on it. If your significant other is getting a list of their own, they’ll be more apt to make your list easier. And guys, NO, don’t put that on her list.
Let’s face it, organization is really the only key ensure you spend your free time wisely. Set goals, write them down, and stick to them. The chores will get done, and there will be time to swim, bike, or run. Or all three, if that’s what you’re into!