The last few weeks I have been experimenting with different things to try and improve my life. The idea is that I keep adding little tasks and make little changes every week, and they will add up to something wonderful. This week, I made a daily to-do list.
What was the daily to-do list?
The daily to-do list is a list of things that I feel that I should do every day. That’s it. This is not a complicated task, I just took a moment to think about what I should be doing every day.
- Deal with the dogs
- Language practice
- Blog post
- Post one picture on Instagram
- Exercise (at least 5k steps)
- Steam the hard floors
- Make sure the children are clean (baths, showers, clean clothes, brush teeth etc)
You will probably notice that there are some things on the list that I tried in previous weeks. Like I said, I’m trying to build upon the other experiments so I wasn’t going to ditch them. But why these things? Well, first up, hoover the floors. I don’t like dog hair floating about the place so I try to hoover every day. Dishes need to be done because I hate having a dirty kitchen. Showering or bathing myself and the children every day should seem pretty obvious, personal hygiene is something that is pretty important. When I say “deal with the dogs”, that means that I have to feed them, scoop the poop, make sure they have fresh water, give them a brush….you know, don’t be a sucky puppy mamma. Blog post and Instagram are kind of important because, well, this is my job. If I don’t post stuff and work, then we don’t or pay the rent. Language practice might seem like a weird one but I like to keep my mind sharp and learning a new language is a great way to help keep dementia at bay (according to some studies). Washing and ironing, the bane of my existence! I can easily do 3 loads of washing a day with my kids. What? Don’t look at me like that, I have two boys that like to dig in the mud. And finally, steam clean the floors. I like clean and germ-free floors.
How did it go?
At the beginning of the week, I was worried that this would be a complete disaster. The list has a lot on it and my house can be a bit of a tip. But that was the point, to make the house a bit more respectable so I can concentrate on working and be a better parent. Plus, is there anything more embarrassing as an adult having people drop in on you and the house looks like a bomb has gone off? Ok, maybe not to some people but it is up there with “farted in the middle of a meeting” and “oh f**k, drunken selfies”. I started on day one with trying to clean the house and pick up all of those bits and pieces that seem to appear in places that they shouldn’t. So, I ended up having to do my blog posts and work stuff at the end of the day. In fact, I only got 7/12 things done, which isn’t bad. But, day 2 started better because I didn’t have as much crap to pick up, but it was still 7/12 to-do items done. As the week went on, I got into a pretty good routine with the list. At the very least, the beds were made, upstairs was hoovered, I was clean, the kids were clean. I still struggled with the ironing and remembering to do my languages every day, but overall it was a big improvement.
Will I stick with it?
Absolutely! Although I didn’t everything done on the list every day (damn you ironing!) I still saw a massive improvement in my day. I think just having a list written out in front of me was enough to help get my head in the game. How often do you wonder what I am supposed to be doing? Not having to think about what needs to be done meant I could get more done, if that makes sense. Obviously, the more I do this and work with the to-do list, the easier it will get.
If you want to try this yourself, I have made a handy printable that you can get on Etsy
If you liked this post then you should definitely check out the post that started it all, why the saying “you have the same hours in the day as Beyonce” is a load of rubbish. Plus there are my other experiments from previous weeks too.
- 3 simple things you can do to be more productive
- I stopped watching TV for a week to see what would happen
- I put my phone down for a week to see what would happen
- My steamy hour || I tried an experiment with the ironing and it did not go well
- I started paying attention to my step count and activity levels every day