My husband bought be a Keurig for my birthday, and I swear that just having it in the house helps me do more things. I see it, and it motivates me to work hard because I am thankful that I have it.
Other things I am motivated by: taking a shower, doing laundry (which is why I figured I would start with that as my week 1 goal), and organizing some small area of my house. What about you? What sorts of things motivate you to get out of a particular slump that you are in? Whatever it is, I would encourage you to find that thing and then do it/use it before beginning your daily goals, whether that is 1 goal or several. Even though I am new to making myself do the things, I do know that our bodies thrive on routine–I’ve read this, and I have experienced it in my own life. Find your thing. Then do the things.
So, did I accomplish my task of completing one load of laundry yesterday? Yes, from start to finish. However, because I had laundry in the wash and dryer, I actually folded two other loads of laundry as well. One thing I don’t want to do throughout this process is to push myself so that I burn out. But in order to get that one load of laundry done, I needed to get the other loads out of the day. From here on out, I will only do one load of laundry a day as a part of my goal.
Also, I figured out that if I need to finish the laundry by the time my husband gets home, I need to start the laundry at 4:30 p.m. at the latest. One of the things I really struggle with in my procrastination is a sense of time. I had to make myself think, “Okay, it takes 30 minutes to wash a load and an hour to dry. Plus I need about 20 minutes to fold the load and put it away. Working back from 6:30, and building in an extra 30 minutes just in case (read: I have toddlers), I need to start the laundry by 4:30 at the latest.” Today is Saturday, so my husband is already home, but I am still going to make it a goal to get the laundry going by 4:30.
And now… the proof that I actually did the laundry yesterday:
So, today’s goal: Another load of laundry. Specifically, I am going to wash our sheets because they have been needing it.
Ah, falling to sleep in a nice clean bed tonight will definitely be a good reward for completing my daily goal!