I am getting achy again as winter creeps in, and I am tired of feeling like everything takes forever around here, so I am going back to an old tactic I used as a kid that works much better with today’s tech: the timer! I’m going to race myself against the timer and see how I do, see just how long things really take if I apply myself.
My current list of daily essentials looks like this:
- Brush out my hair
- Shower and dress to shoes
- Brush my teeth
- Clean the downstairs bathroom
- Reboot the laundry
- Clean the upstairs bathroom
- Morning kitchen blessing (clear and wipe tables and counters and stove, reboot dishes, reboot recycling)
- Clean the litterboxes
Today’s essentials took 1:10 to complete. Exceptions include writing a quick email to somebody before I forgot, emptying the household trash cans (normally a weekly chore), the first time cleaning the upstairs bathroom in quite a while, and stopping the timer before balancing the checkbook (something I want to include in the future). I think in the future the timed run ought to include the things I do before I eat (making coffee, walking A’Kos, handing out medicine to animals and eyedrops to Kender, feeding the animals, tending my altar) with the timer stopped while I eat.
This went really well. Competition is good, and anything that gets the chores out of my way faster is a good thing.
Did I earn a knitting break?