Home and Family

This doesn’t work – Ways to Motivate Yourself

I know, I know I’m supposed to write a tip or trick about something that DOES work. Well I’m sorry I just felt it was time to address this huge problem I’m having.

Motivation!  I just realized the other day that I have this idea that if I have the right tools it will motivate me to do what I need to do.

Here are a few examples — (please do not try this at home)

Cleaning that House:

Bought a new broom, mop, bucket, cleaners, dust clothes, pretty thing to hold dish soap, new kitchen towels, bins and boxes for organizing (actually this one usually works), etc, etc, etc!  I’ll be standing in the cleaning supplies aisle thinking “our broom is really not doing a great job (prob. because I don’t pick it up nearly enough!) or “Oh that bucket looks like it would work better for moping” or “maybe a Swiffer will make cleaning easier and faster (not if you leave it in the closet and never take it out!)

Saving Money:

I’ve created and re-created our budget dozens of times over the last 2 months and followed it for maybe a month! Instead of using a simple coupon organizer I ran out and bought everything to make the lovely coupon binder that has sat for a month unused! (I did use in daily for over 5 months saving us tons of money). Instead of using simple and cheap paper envelopes for our Envelope System I bought some fancy plastic organizer thingie!

Gardening:

This one wasn’t too bad: I bought some cute gardening gloves (which by the way I rarely use! I’d rather just get in there with my bare hands) These are the things that I wanted to buy but I restrained myself: cute garden clogs, a gardening hat, cute little garden tools for Peanut to use, and a garden bench. Can anyone else figure out that I was shopping at Target! They really do have cute gardening stuff and I didn’t even mention the cute Gnomes or Toadstools for decorating the garden!

I won’t even get into discussing sewing and crafts! Maybe next time!

I’ve come to a conclusion –

I spend way too much time planning and to little time doing!

This might explain my frustrations with homemaking. Don’t get me wrong I really do love homemaking, I love that it shows my love for my hubby and care for my family. I just feel a bit overwhelmed and now I know what part of the problem is.

Does anyone else do this?? Am I alone here?? I hope not, and I don’t think I am! I think we live in world that throws ideas at us, standards at us, and worst of all, cute products at us to get us off course and break the bank!

So what can a girl do?  Stop going to Target!?!?  nope… I’m going to start by turning off the computer, filling up that new bucket and breaking in the new mop! Then I’ll go from there!

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  • Lisa
    April 29, 2009 at 11:17 am

    You’re not alone! I could have written this post. I know exactly what you mean. 🙂 You may want to check out my wfmw post I wrote last week. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to get there, but it may be helpful.

  • Kim H.
    April 29, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Wow… how many times have I thought that at my office?! We spent sooo much time in meetings figuring out what we should be doing… and hardly any time actually DOING what we want to accomplish…

  • Jane Anne
    April 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I think you hit my problem at the bottom of the post: the computer! When I need to get more done, I have to shut the laptop. It is wonderfully distracting for me when I am trying to get housework done. Yep, it’s a wonderful distraction that keeps me from being productive.

  • val
    April 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    you are so right! i have so many binders/organizers/planners, notebooks of ideas/things to do…. but not much of it gets done because i’m always on here blogging! i’m so addicted!

  • Storm
    April 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    At least you are trying, right? Don’t be so hard on yourself. I hope you get your motivation mojo back real soon.

  • Liz
    April 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Reading blogs about organising/ home making instead of doing the organising homemaking? Guilty!

    thanks for the laugh.

  • kattmaxx
    April 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    We had this problem too and I finally had to make a “Home Ec” day when all the critical home jobs are done. My kids and I all have home ec jobs on that day. The rest of the week I mainly do upkeep.

  • Michele
    May 7, 2009 at 10:19 am

    WOW, I think I just found my twin! LOL. I am so the person you described! So obviously you are not alone and now I know I am not alone either!! Did it work to turn off the computer?

  • Jessica (your big sis)
    August 25, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I know I’m slow on the draw here, but this made me chuckle. The whole super organized, place for everything, life scheduled down to the second, fancy tools to get the work done——but still nothing is done: must be hereditary! Hey it could be worse; we could be related to people who actually get stuff done, then we’d feel REALLY unproductive! Love ya! :o)