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How To Use A To Do List to Get Control Of Your Day

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  How to use a To Do List to Get Control of Your Day

By Bridgette Boudreaux

 

 

Do you ever feel that your day is out of control? Have you ever had projects, tasks or chores that you had an intention of getting done but you never had an opportunity to start them due to interruptions or distractions? Does this sound like a day from your life?  If so, it’s the definition of days that are out of control; if you experience one or more of these types of days per week, you have no control over your days and even worst, you are not accomplishing anything you need to get done.  Please understand that being busy without being productive only leads to an unproductive, uncontrollable day and a sleepless night.  Who wants this type of stress?  Here’s the good news, you can gain control over your day with one simple time management tool: a “to-do” list.  Your list should only have three to five tasks that you must get done on that day.  Never use your “to-do” list as a dumping ground of things to do in the future.  A “to-do” list is for tasks that need to be completed on today only accompanied with your complete focus and no excuses – No Exceptions (only exception: a major emergency).  You can create your ‘to-do” list the night before so you will know what you must do when you start your day.  Your “to-do” list will also provide the following:

·         Guide to Your Day – You will know where to start & what needs to be accomplished; you will no longer start your day without a plan of action.

·         Keep You on Track – Your list will provide next steps; upon completion of a task, your list will direct you on what you need to complete next.

·         Inventory of What You Need to Get Done – Looking at your list will be an opportunity to evaluate what you’ve done and what else needs to be done to complete all your tasks on your list. It also alerts you to how much time you’re spending on tasks & make you aware of how much time is actually needed to complete similar tasks.

·         Establish Daily Goals & Priorities – As you persistently prepare a daily “to-do” list, it will become a great habit.  Creating a daily plan will help you to establish daily goals and priorities.

As you create and use a “to-do” list daily, you will control your day as oppose to it controlling you. Of course there will be unavoidable emergencies, distractions & circumstances that will take you off track but your “to-do” list will get you back on track and on top of things instantly. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Do Chores (Without Them Knowing)

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Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Do Chores

 (Without Them Knowing)

By Bridgette Boudreaux

Do you assign household chores to your kids? If you answered yes, I bet it’s usually a struggle to get kids to do their assigned chores at home.  Kids will find many excuses to avoid cleaning their bedrooms; so the thought of cleaning or helping out in another part of the home is out of the question. Ever dreamed of the day that your small/teenage kids will complete chores without you pulling out your hair to get them to participate?  Stop pulling out your hair and use these fun ways to get kids to do their chores without a fuss or hassle.

Folding Laundry Game 

When my kids were as young as three years old, I allowed them to help me fold laundry.  They would fold the hand towels as I folded the large bath towels.  While folding towels, we would have a folding contest to discover who could fold the most towels the fastest and neatest; the kids loved this game and the towels were folded quickly & neatly.  We also took turns sharing funny stories & we played other games such as naming a place or thing that was the same color as the towel we were folding.  This was a great time to connect, have fun and get a chore done.

Everything Has A Home

I taught my kids that everything they owned had a comfortable home.  They were allowed to bring their toys into any room in the home to play if they agreed that upon immediate completion of playing, every toy or object had to return to its home.  The kids loved showing me where various toys lived in their rooms and after each of their playing sessions throughout our home, the area was cleared, cleaned and toys were put away in their homes. Woo Hoo!

Vacuuming At A Specific Time & Day

Once I taught my kids how to vacuum, I set a specific day and time to vacuum their bedrooms; our vacuum time was scheduled for Saturdays at 10:00 am.  At the beginning of this game, I had to remind my kids & allowed them to vacuum at 10am on Saturdays consistently until it became a habit.  They soon would yell from their rooms (looking at their digital clocks strategically placed on their nightstands next to their beds) it’s 10:00 am, Vacuum Time!

You can use these fun games to get your kids to assist in whichever chore that is best for you and your household.  Instead of vacuuming at a specific time & day, use this game for making beds daily at a specific time or feeding pets. Your kids will enjoy your time together and having fun with playing games. You will enjoy the extra helping hands and developing good habits and routines for your kids as well as the quality time together. Always give your kids praises, hugs, treats or surprises as much positive feedback for all their attempts & completions of chores. Don’t worry about perfection, the goal is to get chores done & develop routines while having fun & sharing time. Your kids will get chores done without knowing it because they will have a blast with the games and look forward to the praise.