More Productivity Hints

shoveling-snowTo add to my list from my last post, A Lazy Person’s Guide To Productivity, I thought of something else:

Never leave your dryer unattended. Pull things that matter out before they sit there and get wrinkled and you end up having to — shudder — iron. That goes against every lazy person’s law there is. Ironing is one of those tasks that just shouldn’t have to happen. I’ve been known to dry things with other loads because they’ve gotten left in the dryer. In fact, as I write this, there is a load just like that drying. I hate spending time ironing.

Don’t spend most of your time doing stuff you hate. Set aside time to do something you like. It will energize you. There are days when I spend all my free time in administrative household stuff. I’m the bookkeeper in my home, so I have to keep the budget, enter receipts in ibank, fill out forms, pay bills, make phone calls, etc. While I’m doing that, which I don’t actually hate, but isn’t the most fun, I watch a movie or catch up on a television show on Hulu. Of course, I can’t do that while I’m on the phone, but the pause button works for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep your house clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy. I won’t ever be Martha Stewart, and I won’t have a showcase inย Southern Living, but people are welcome and feel comfortable in my house. I won’t pass any white glove tests, and please don’t look under my bed, but my kitchen is clean and my eating surfaces are sanitary. I don’t like clutter, so things generally get picked up, but with three kids and multiple animals living here, there is some degree of mess that I just put up with because I love them. As some wise pundit put it, “Cleaning the house while the kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk while it’s still snowing.” Amen.

That’s all for now. Hope that helps!

Thankful today for:

764. new fishies

765. a birthday celebration

766. a spontaneous lunch date with my husband

767. my son’s first real job

768. another licensed driver in the house

769. my animals

770. a sweet, warm, dry January

771. good return policies

772. opportunities

773. life

2 thoughts on “More Productivity Hints

  1. That reminds me–I have a load of clothes in the dryer! I just have to add that whoever said that about shoveling snow while it’s still snowing obviously did not live where it snowed a lot. If you don’t shovel while it’s snowing and it snows 4 feet, you’re likely to be trapped inside your house by the time it stops snowing–you have to keep up with it! I have the same philosophy with housework. If I don’t keep up with it to some extent it will bury me alive!

    • True, Mary. Maybe that’s the point more than “don’t do it,” rather “don’t let it bury you.” Do enough to be able to get out the door. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the whole “messy enough to be happy” thing.

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