I am totally a Type A person, as most of you know. The problem is with a Type A, is that you want to do things, but sometimes they seem so overwhelming that you don't know where to start, so you don't! This is the case for me a lot of times.
Take my weight loss for example. I have never really had to lose weight, I just have had to maintain. That is until I had kids, but they were totally worth every pound! After I had Linus, I was pretty depressed about the flab around my mid-section and the way I looked. But then, I took my big goal and broke it down. I divided the remainder of the year into two week chunks and gave myself a little goal for each time period. I didn't say, run a marathon by the end of the year, I said run 2 miles, 3 times a week at 4/1 and then do it at 5/1. I also gave myself a goal weight and am steadily losing weight to achieve that. If I don't hit my target weight, then fine, but I will keep going and try not to beat myself up over it.
Then comes cleaning... I love my house to be really clean, but lately I have let it go. Part of the reason is that we are doing a study on Sabbath, and I am trying to use Sunday for family time and doing what I want to do, not what I ought to do. And when Saturday is full of social stuff, that means the house doesn't get cleaned! The thought of getting the house really clean seems so overwhelming to me. So, on Sunday I sat down and made a list of all that I wanted to do. Then I broke it up into little chunks to do throughout the week. Monday night was the first night and when I finally had time to do anything it was 9 pm. At first I was like, no, I can't finish my list for today, so I will just save it for Tuesday. But then I remembered something from this book that I am reading. It said to make a list, but understand that you might not get to everything on the list. That gave me such freedom in list making that I hadn't had before! It is better to make a list and a plan and just realize that it won't always happen, than to not make a list. You get more done if you make a list! Once I get the cleaning done, I am going to try and deep clean everything. The devotional I am reading suggests a book that talks about that, so I am going to look for it at the library today!
I will post my cleaning schedule tomorrow as it stands for this week. I am going to try and do a new schedule that allows me to do something each day and then I can really enjoy my family on the weekends and do other stuff that I want to do, like scrapbooking! So, tackle it little by little. Then all of a sudden, it will not seem so overwhelming and it will be done! Another piece of advise I am trying to follow is to do it immediately. Easier than letting it loom in your brain as something that needs to be done. By the time you have worried about it, you could have already had it done. Speaking of, the dryer is buzzing, so I better fold the clothes before they sit there any longer and I think about how I don't want to fold them!