The Carrot and the Stick

Dear Friends,

Let’s face it, we are a fun loving group of people. This is why the drudgery of housework bogs us down. All work and no Play is makes for a Frazzled FlyBaby.

For FlyBabies, we need to see a light at the end of the tunnel. It is so hard for us to get enthusiastic when all we can see is work. This is why, I want you to regularly schedule breaks, give your self rewards, and only spend just a few minutes on a job. BabySteps.

When you walk into a room that is totally trashed, your eyes see the whole great big mess. That is when we want to throw in the towel, because we can’t see us ever getting all of this done. Our perfectionism smacks us right in the face and we give up, since we can’t possibly do it all. This is why we have to make it fun with small jobs and you can do these without feeling overwhelmed and martyred. We can do anything for 5 Minutes, if we know that at the end of those 5 Minutes we can stop! I’ll bet no one ever told you that before. You have heard this hundreds of times and you have probably said it a hundred times yourself. “Don’t come out of your room, until it is clean!” We don’t have to clean this way any longer!

Breaking a job into small pieces is the beauty FLYing. With this attitude adjustment, we can eat an elephant if we want to. I don’t expect you to slave over your home all day and all night! Now listen closely: It is not ever going to be finished. You could work until you are dead and in the grave and there would still be things that needed your attention. So it is O.K. to stop and just breathe on a regular basis.

This is the carrot and the stick approach to cleaning. If we work in double time, aerobic housecleaning, then you will be able to sit down with a cup of tea and your computer or a book for 10-15 minutes. If you have to, set a timer and work for 15 minutes and rest for 15 minutes. You will find your rhythm and what works best for you. My timer is my favorite tool. It reminds me to change jobs as well as helping me to remember that my laundry is washing or when it is time to drink my water. It also gives me freedom to just sit and relax.

Saturday is Family Fun Day, plan something wonderful with your family. Your routines and babysteps will allow you to enjoy Saturdays!

I don’t want house work to be a chore anymore. I want you to enjoy blessing your family with everything you do. This is why I want you to make it FUN!!!!

Are you ready to FLY?

FlyLady

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