Young@Heart: Fatal Distractions

The Top 10 Sidetracking Devices in Your Home and How to Deal with Them

Imagine having a free hour specifically slotted for housework. You’ve got six 3×5 cards with specific chores on each to direct your work with the estimated time telling you how long each task will take. You’re dressed for housework, so you won’t wreck your good clothes and you’ve got sensible shoes on. According to your math, you can do the tasks on the cards in half an hour, but what happened to your good intentions when you find yourself at the mall getting a pedicure? WHAT HAPPENED?

You can find that out by thinking backward until you come to the point in your housecleaning that prompted the diversion. Innocently you were dusting the dining room table with a couple weeks’ worth of mail stacked on it and when you went to move the mail to dust you saw the coupon for 50% off a pedicure and the sale ends today! So much for housecleaning, but at least you have pretty toes.

SHEs are champions at getting sidetracked and if you’re one of us read on, because there is a wonderful anti-sidetracking tools you can use and it’s located in your head (well actually in your throat). You can read all about it at the end of this essay. If you’re tired of being a victim of fatal distractions (fatal to your good intention that is) here are the top ten fatal distractions you need to be aware of before you start any housework.

Cell phone
Door bell
Mailman or UPS guy
Physiological interruptions:  bathroom, thirst, hunger
Computer games/ Face Book/ Twitter
Child or husband
Your amazing mind

If you’ve been sidetracked in the past by any of these distractions, here’s what you can do. When you set your timer for 15 minutes and you set out to clean the refrigerator for example, promise yourself you are going to stay on task short of an emergency like a broken arm, a fire in the next room or a jet takes the top of your roof off.

Once the vow is made, work fast and play with your time constraint. (Seeing how much you can get accomplished in 15 minutes will engage your inner child who loves races against time.)

There is no guarantee that one of the fatal distractions won’t occur, in fact, mostly likely one or more of them will crop up especially if the job at hand starts to get boring. No worries, you’ll be ready!

So, let’s say something in the fridge speaks to you, like a left-over chicken leg and the thought comes to your amazing mind, ‘I’m kinda hungry.’ You speak to the chicken part and say, “Shut up! It’s not time to eat! I’ll eat you later.” If that dialogue works, keep cleaning the refrigerator. If it starts to nag you or another food item tempts you, the ultimate and tried and true solution is the air horn (you know the sound of the horn at a basketball game). Now in the course of the 15-minute fridge clean-out you may have to use that obnoxious horn more than once, but it’s such a brutal sound and it’s hard on your vocal chords, so your sweet soul will not want to hear it more than once.

You can also use the air horn while at the grocery store when you’re tempted to put a package of Oreos in your cart for example. (If there happens to be someone in the cookie aisle when you blast the horn, just touch your throat and say, “I hate it when that happens,” and continue shopping.

Because we SHEs are easily distracted, this distractive tool REALLY WORKS! Give it a try and get back to me! I’d love to hear how it helps you.

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