Can You Help Me?

Dear FlyLady,

I can’t tell you what a difference flying has made in my life! I used to move stuff around until midnight one day a week to get ready for a cleaning lady. Now my house is almost always company ready (still have to finish the office!)

I’m having trouble moving ahead with decluttering and missions though. I know Flybabies sometimes don’t like change, but I’m having a problem with the flight plan. It’s just too much information at once, and some of the messages get lost. I really miss the emails with one idea in them.

I’ve been thinking about your interest in the book Made to Stick. I actually have read that book and love it too. I think we got an email that said don’t tell your kids to do five things just ask for one and it will stick.

I think that is the problem I’m having with the flight plan. I used to delete emails as I did them, and I felt like a had a personal trainer telling me to do the missions.

Now it feels more like my “to do” list, but its on the computer so I can’t check it off unless I print it out.

If you could go back to sending the missions separately it would really make a big difference to me and maybe others also.

Thank you for everything. I’ll never give up flying!!

Flybaby from NJ

Dear FlyBaby,ThePowerOfMoments

Dan and Chip Heath will be excited that you read their book. Last week I talked with them and I got an advance copy of their newest book, The Power of Moments! I am starting to read it today. You can pre-order their newest book right now. I love the cover.

Our Control Journal gives us this same feeling of checking things off. If you want to print out the middle section of the Flight Plan and put it in a sheet protector or Frame it under glass. Use a dry erase marker to check thing off as you do them.

Sometimes we need to change things up a bit. We get bored.

Try what I am doing. Get a pad of heart shaped Post-It notes.

Take the main part of the flight plan Your morning routine and before bed routine and put one on each heart. I put mine on my bathroom mirror and on my computer. They work well for me. As I do them I put them on my calendar in a string of valentines to me.

My calendar is the first thing I see each morning and the last at night because I keep it in my bathroom. I reload my mirror with the next routine. Any heart not done, goes into the middle of the mirror to remind me that I cannot skip it twice in a row. It is working like a charm. I am working on a new habit for my morning routine; to get the cat hair off the sofa. Our white cat love the red sofa. He looks so pretty on it. So that heart is front and center to remind me each time I go into the bathroom. I my cut the post-it into a cat face.

We love valentines and they look so pretty on my bathroom mirror! They make me smile! I wake up smiling when I see them and I go to bed smiling.

This idea came from a FlyBaby who was using Post-It Notes for her Weekly Home Blessing. She put them on her mirror at the beginning of the week and took them down as she did them. No pressure! We just need to get creative

When I first started practicing my morning and before bed routines I used Post-It notes on my mirror. I love getting back to basics.2018_calendar_open

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