A Little Note About Time

I had an experience.  Before I get to that, let me tell you a bit about me.  I’m a chronic Type-A personality – always push, push, pushing myself.  Writing to-do lists for to-do lists.  Then if all hundred and thirty-seven to-do's for the day don't get done, I beat myself up (even if a hundred and thirteen things did get done).  Basically, my expectations can get to be pretty unrealistic.  Nod your head if you can relate.

Well, I’ve always admired (actually envied) those Type-B's who live flexibly.  Not strapping themselves down with lists upon lists.  Their lives look much more fun!

I wanted to be like that.  More flexible.  Fun!

Then I got thrown into semi-bedrest at 22 weeks pregnant.  No picking up laundry baskets, scrubbing floors, pressure washing the house, polishing windows, weeding the garden….  all that was a no-no.  So there went the to-do lists.  I took all the to-do’s and gotta get-done’s, crumpled them up and tossed them in the garbage.  It was physically impossible for me to do them, unless I wanted to risk having a preemie (no thanks).

Wanna know how it felt?

Exhilarating!  Better than better!

My time was totally freed up to rest, play with the kids, spend time at the lake (sitting, of course).  And...my favorite hobby...reading.  So this is how it felt to live flexibly – like all those enviable folks.  Much more fun!  (P.S. I’m dense – it takes me a long time to figure things out).

You know, I decided, that to-do lists are dumb.  It was much better to just get things done that absolutely had to happen when they had to happen.  Obviously we all needed to wear clothes and eat, so laundry and meals were my single two priorities.  The other stuff – it got to go.  Doing this made me realize how much of a mess a house could handle and it was ok.  That cleaning really didn’t need to be such a hot priority.  Yes, I like a clean house, but wash windows every single week?  Well, not necessary.  Howdy type-A – it’s good to relax!

During this time, my kids really had (have) to pitch in and help.  But kids have short attention spans and spending hours at a time cleaning is a no-can-do fight.  Instead, I implemented a pretty simple technique that keeps everyone on board and is here to stay for our family.

The Pomodoro Technique:

This is a time trick that helps keep you focused for a short amount of time and really burn through the task at hand.  It’s based on the idea that people accomplish tasks much quicker when they give them their undivided attention (no multi-tasking).  You set a timer for 25 minutes and do ONLY that single task you set out to do - put your phone away!  Get rid of any distractions.  Then go fire under your rear for 25 minutes.  Take a 5 minute break and do another 25 minutes (if necessary). 

Breaking down tasks into shorter slots makes the workload feel less overwhelming and knowing it’s only 25 minutes helps the mind get through it without losing focus.

The results in our house have been good (not perfect – kids and chores isn’t always perfectly perfect).  But when the kids know the timer will go off in 25 minutes it gets everyone rushing and the house tidied up lickety-split.  Depending on all the projects they worked on throughout the day, this will sometimes take a single 25 minutes slot and sometimes a full hour, broken up.  Either way it’s been pretty helpful! 

Let me know ways you get stuff done (I’d love to hear tips and tricks from you)!

 

Hanna is a mom of busy children, is completing her Diploma is Organic Skincare Formulation and is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Hanna's love of natural skincare began with her own journey of struggle and angst with skin issues. Finally, after finding no solutions she rolled up her sleeves and spent half a decade researching ingredients and formulas until....finally...something actually worked. Most of her time is spend trying to keep up with the kids, folding something like 99 loads of laundry a day, and making sure nobody starves (they seem to do that 30 minutes after meal time). But when she's got a spare minute she loves helping other women achieve radiance, naturally!

 

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September 01, 2021 — Hanna Hendrickson

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