I've talked about Flylady a lot because what she says about taking baby steps and using a timer make so much sense. I'm the kind of person that has to prove the rule wrong though. It's not always intentional, but when I try things, they don't always work. And I've tried using a timer on more than one occasion. I even had to buy a second timer because the first one got lost somewhere in my house (and yes, I know how bad that sounds!).
I've been using a timer more lately and even started using it for my oldest daughter. She doesn't mind picking up her room or reading a book if she knows that she only has to do it until the timer goes off. Tonight I made some muffins so that we would have some fresh (somewhat) healthy snacks for our road trip tomorrow. Once I put them in the oven, my first thought was to get on my computer. Instead, I put away all the stuff I used, then I decided to wash the dishes since I wanted to stay close to the oven because I haven't made this recipe before. Now washing the dishes may not seem like a big thing, but it gets to be crazy here. I am not home most nights for dinner and hubby cooks dinner and feeds the kids, he just doesn't do the dishes afterward. Instead, the pots get piled around the kitchen and stress me out.
Seriously, I get so angry about these pots and pans sitting there, but I let the stress build instead of doing anything about it. What a waste of emotional energy! I got those pots and pans washed and looked at the timer on the muffins. Guess how much time I spent cleaning the kitchen. That's right! Fifteen measly minutes. If I had just done them and gotten it over with, they would have been done, the kitchen would not be a minefield and I wouldn't have been stressed out about it.
Who knew that 15 minutes could make such a difference? I even did some of my writing in 15 minute blocks this week, alternating with chores I had been putting off. I will get this clutter tamed, 15 minutes at a time.