My new non-negotiable for the week is one that I’ve been doing pretty well at already. But, as I’ve found several times this week, when I don’t do it, I suffer the consequences. So I’m adding it as an official non-negotiable task.
I’m going to clean up the kitchen and run the dishwasher every night before I go to bed.
So what’s the big deal about making it a non-negotiable when I’ve been mostly doing it anyway?
I decided to make an actual chart. I’ve gotten to the point where I have a long enough list of tasks that I tend to forget some. I used Word to make a table with my tasks in the left column and the days of the week at the top of the following columns.
But, when I went to make the table and was putting in the number of columns, I automatically thought 6. You know, 5 days in the week and then a column for the tasks.
Didn’t I just write a post yesterday about how I can’t take weekends off?????
Sometimes I amaze myself.
So I made 8 columns. One for EACH DAY OF THE WEEK, plus a column for the tasks.
I’ve resisted the chart thing so far, and honestly, I’m a little skeptical. I’m kind of a brat, and don’t like to be told what to do. A chart makes me feel like I’m being bossed around. Hopefully, since I MADE it myself, I won’t feel that way. We’ll see how it goes.
So this week’s non-negotiable became official when I added it to the chart. I knew that I needed to since it’s the thing I’ve been forgetting lately and that has thrown off the rhythm.
I’m also hoping that if I only mark the chart honestly (you know, not lie to myself), I’ll be able to visually see the gaps. That way if I conveniently forget to do my least favorite task of wiping down the bathrooms for more than one day, I’ll be more motivated to be sure I do it.
As for today, Sunday, I had the wonderful motivation of having home groups here tonight. Thankfully, since I’ve done the tasks pretty consistently for a week now, it didn’t take much work to get things looking good. Such a nice feeling.
Now to go do the evening tasks that will count for tomorrow’s list. I’m really not in the mood, but I have to remind myself that they will make a huge difference in how the week begins. I also have my handy-dandy chart to mark off.