Spring forward: Getting it all done in one less hour

Today we lose an hour, we will need to accomplish everything in less time today. How is it possible?

Look at your list of to-dos and decide what is really necessary. Ask yourself the following questions and answer honestly.

What will happen if I do not do this?

Does this add value to my life?

Can it be simplified?

 

For example, on any given Sunday we are burrowed in at home cleaning. This involves:

Scrubbing bathrooms

  • What will happen if I do not do this?
    1. The bathroom will smell bad. I am sensitive to smell
    2. The sink will turn my stomach when I brush my teeth
  • Does this add value to my life
    1. Yes, I like the way a clean bathroom feels
  • Can it be simplified?
    1. Yes, the shower does not need scrubbed every week. No one takes baths. I could scrub it every other week.

Scrubbing the bathrooms is necessary for ME, but I can skip the shower every other week.

Dusting furniture/wall fixtures

  • What will happen if I do not do this?
    1. The dust on the TV stand will taunt me as it is very visible.
  • Does this add value to my life?
    1. Yes
  • Can it be simplified?
    1. Only the visible dust on the TV stand truly bothers me and needs to be dusted The rest of the items could be dusted bi-weekly, maybe even monthly.

Dusting the TV stand is necessary but the rest can be done much less.

Vacuuming

  • What will happen if I do not do this?
    1. My husband will vacuum next week.
  • Does this add value to my life?
    1. No
  • Can it be simplified?
    1. Choosing not to do this is as simple as it can

Vacuuming is NOT necessary for me.

Laundry

  • What will happen if I do not do this?
    1. Everyone in my house will go naked or in dirty, smelly clothes.
  • Does this add value to my life?
  • Can it be simplified?
    1. Yes, the kids can fold and put away their own clothing.

 

Great! Now that you have widdled the list down, you will notice there is room to add to it. Before adding anything to your list as yourself, “Does this add value to my life?” If it does, add it to the list. If it does not, throw that idea away.

Our time is limited, nonrenewable. Be sure to spend it in a meaningful way. Use that extra time to play with your kids, walk in nature, laugh with your spouse.

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