Super Intense Chore ChartPosted: 05.20.2011
If you don’t put some kind of pressure on me to complete a task, I probably won’t do it. But under pressure, I seem to thrive…which is why I rely on this Super Intense Chore Chart to get me through my housekeeping duties. (Click this link so you can have This month’s chore chart too.)
Here’s how it works: I hate chores. They are not a priority for me. If I set up a chore schedule (which works for so many people – kudos and a tinge of envy to you), I will always find more important things to do and in the name of priority management neglect the chores. “Priority management” is a very close cousin of procrastination, it seems. Also, when faced with a chore I almost always feel that I just did that. This is insane thinking, I acknowledge, and another reason I need the Super Intense Chore Chart to keep me accountable.
This chart simply has a (long) list of chores and a grid of dates that covers a four week period and all I do is fill in the square when I’ve completed a task on a given date. This way I can look at the chart and see that it’s been too long since I last scrubbed the tub, hopefully before I look at a disgusting tub and make the same realization. I can see that I didn’t just dust the furniture and it’s probably about time that I dust it again. No guilt, no shame, just a little objective pressure to help me get off my hump and do a little cleaning.
If you want to download a chart, you can (see above). I print mine and put it in a small binder of household reference materials. My advice: don’t hang it on the refrigerator – the refrigerator is a place to hang accomplishments and things that make you smile. Plus, it might scare people, including your husband.
How often do I look at it? At least once a week, or right before my mother-in-law comes to visit. Which is tomorrow. Did I mention that?
Happy cleaning and happy weekend to you!