FLYing Lesson: BabySteps

BabySteps are one of FlyLady’s main concepts for getting your home and life in order. Read what FlyLady has to say about BabySteps:

Your home did not get dirty in one day, and it will not get clean in a day, either. You have been living in clutter and CHAOS for many years; you are not going to get your home clean in a day. I do not want you to crash and burn. This is why I teach you to take BabySteps. If you try to do this all at once, you are going to be mad at me, because this will be like every other “get-organized” method you have tried. I want you to take your time. As you establish one habit, you will very easily be able to add another one to your routines. – FlyLady

So, what are the rules for BabySteps?

  • Establish small routines first and then work up to more items. Don’t try to do a full-blown routine the very first day. FlyLady’s routines are just an example to help you to develop your own. Pick three things for the morning and three things for the evening.
  • Consistency is the key to all of this. We have to take our time with our routines. They do not happen over night. It is the result of tiny changes over several months. BabySteps! If you try to accomplish this without taking the BabySteps, your habits will not be everlasting. BabySteps are the key. Yes, you can do your routines by looking at a list of things to do, but they have to become automatic, a part of you, for them to be life changing.
  • Take your time and enjoy the process. Don’t feel pressured to do it all at once. This is worth going slow. I did, and for once I didn’t throw in the towel; I did it one habit at a time. When I did fall, I was able to pick myself up and start again at anytime. It takes SHEs 28 days to establish a habit. Believe me, I have tried everything to not do this. Nothing ever worked for very long. It doesn’t matter if you miss one day; just get back on your horse and keep taking those BabySteps. It is the practice that makes it work.

Take your time with this! Don’t go too fast or try to jump ahead. As FlyLady says:

This is worth the extra effort to go slow. I know it is not in our nature to plod along. We want what we want, and we want it now. You are going to have to quiet this voice in your head and take it one habit at a time. Consistency has its rewards. – FlyLady

Are you ready to start BabyStepping? Read FlyLady’s 31 Beginner BabySteps now!

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