Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Beat the clock!

Some days l just wake up and have no motivation. l look around at the mess and think, just that… l think. Anyway to get me motivated to get this place in shape l love to race, sounds silly but l used to have a best friend when l lived in Maine, New England. Her name was Kath. We’d call each other each morning and race to clean our homes. We’d agree on what we would both do and then break off sharply from the phone, saying the words, “ok- you’re on!” It was great, l’d scurry around like a mad woman and although she’d always beat me (lol) it didn’t matter. What mattered was that l had the rest of the day to get on with whatever. I miss Kath- l miss that extra time.
These days with my young Sam are becoming a bit drawn in again; he is great fun but wreaks havoc wherever he goes. In ten minutes a room can be decimated! Is this my life? LOL So to motivate myself l race the clock (sometimes with Sam), play a good dose of music at an upbeat tempo- it works. Sam’s favourite is the Gruffalo song- based on the book, 'The Gruffalo'.
So now l’m off to get the dreadful deed done- TIDY.

If you are thinking of gifts for any young children the Gruffalo book/CD is brilliant.
I would highly recommend it.

Older post from April on cleaning- lol. You can see that l was feeling more energised than now. :)


swaney3 said...

This is a nice little blogg. I often wonder if they are ever read by anyone so Im telling you that I read yours.

Don't deny yourself adult time and conversation.

PS Im a happily married contracter. Im not macking or making a pass.

Warmest Holiday Regards..

Jody Swaney

Margaret said...

How well I remember the house cleaning followed by one or another small object dropping,mess making mini whirlwind.
Now I see the little grandchildren spreading their special joy around their mother's tidy houses LOL.
Cheers Margaret

Sue said...

There will come a day (and it will be here before you know it) when your house won't get messy unless you mess it up!
When my grandchildren come to visit, they do make little messes, but I'm so grateful that I have them to do just that!
(I promise you'll feel just the same, because I can remember feeling just like you do now!)

Lorraine said...

I know that feeling very well. My trick is similar to yours and Kath's. I set a timer for 15 minutes and see what I can get done before it rings. It ends up being an astonishing amount of time. In fact, my goal is to have the house no more than "15 minutes worth of messy".

Pretty Lady said...

That's a great idea. I will use a timer. You know what is my problem, I get distracted so easy and suddenly I am doing something totally different, And it has be fun when you had your friend playing this with you.
Thank you for your comment last night, it made me feel great. Thank you Dear friend!
Now, before I get distracted, I have to figure out how to record my voice like you did.

Pamela said...

That is a brillant idea! My kind of tea! I love to get the job done and as quickly as possible, early too. Work first...then play! lol A race would be so fun and real motivation too! lol

PEA said...

You know what? I no longer have any children at home...my house is always clean now...and it's driving me crazy!! lol I sometimes go by a cushion on the couch and put it crooked as if the boys had played with it! lol I laughed when I read about your races with your friend..I had a friend who use to live next door and we did that too...we would tell each other we couldn't have coffee together until we'd both done our housework...and then the race was on!! hehe Hugs xoxo

Tammy said...

I'm not one to scurry and clean...unless unexpected company is due...hehe!!
I looked back at your old post...must have been before we met...I have lots of those with no comments or very, very, few...ain't it nice to have friends!?

Kerri said...

I'm definitely going to try this :)

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