This week has been one of struggling. It partially had to do with the fact that we had scheduled events on two weeknights, something we try to avoid as a rule (in order to protect our time, marriage and other responsibilities). I also spent over 46 hours working outside of the home. At any rate, it was a week of falling behind, and this weekend I had to catch myself up.
Despite our best intentions, we all have weaker moments and times of failure when it comes to our domestic duties. When I'm struggling to keep up, here are some of the ways I motivate myself.
1. Take 15 minutes to sit down and read something motivational. This usually includes a small snack or a cup of tea as well. Half of the benefit is taking a 15 minute breather, it helps to propel you on. I'll read something like a chapter of Elizabeth George on the home or wifely duties (she is always good when I need a positive kick in the pants), or websites like Fly Lady. Although I don't think her acrostic is very good or biblical, I find that reading about cleaning your home and transforming your habits can be very helpful. After those 15 minutes I feel ready to seriously take control and go defeat the evils of dirty dishes and dust bunnies in my home.
2. Multi-task. While I'm cooking a meal or washing the dishes, I have found that rehearsing my scripture memory passages is an excellent way to redeem the time. It fills your mind with something encouraging and true, and fills the empty moments (waiting for a pancake to fry, etc). The task goes faster and my mind is renewed by the end of it. While I iron I talk on the phone or watch a movie. It makes the task less dull and more enjoyable. There are lots of ways to multi-task!
3. Set a timer. This is another tip I picked up from E.G. When I'm super tired at the end of the day. I set the timer for 15 minutes, or however long I think I can manage, and just plug away at my task. When the timer goes off, I am done. Sometimes it works in my favor though and makes me want to finish the task even if my time is up!
These are just a couple of the ways in which I pick myself up by the boot strings, so to speak. What motivators help you to persevere?