Wednesday, January 23, 2013

FlyLady - Pagan Style - Babysteps Day 23

As you may have noticed, I have been posting the FlyLady 31 Baby Steps and my thoughts on them. I have been adding my thoughts on how cleaning your house, even the simple stuff, can be part of a spiritual devotion, and how the babysteps and the FlyLady program encourage you to think positive about yourself, your home, your habits - all to make life a little easier and better for you!

Today is Day 23 of the BabySteps! So far we have developed a few simple habits of things to do on a daily basis; in the form of simple morning & evening routines. Our goal is to make these routines a habit... if we do them consistently enough then they just become second nature!

Morning Routine

  • Make Your Bed!
  • Get up and get dressed to lace-up shoes; fixing your hair and face
  • Look at your posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Recognize the negative voices and change them. Remember, you are FLYing now!
  • Put out your Hot Spots for two minutes
  • Check Your Laundry
  • Five-minute Room Rescue (pick any room in the house). Set your timer and go!
  • Spend 15 Minutes decluttering each day. You can’t organize clutter!

Afternoon Routine

  • Check Kid's Backpacks for Flyers, News, Homework, etc.
  • Homework Time
  • Guide kids to do their daily chores
  • Check Hot Spots again
  • See more ideas for building your Afternoon Routine Here!

Before-Bed Routine

  • Keep your sink shining
  • Check Your Laundry
  • Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
  • Put out your Hot Spot. It will make you happy in the morning!
  • Go to bed at a decent hour! Set a bedtime and stick with it!
Today's BabyStep is to add another page to your Control Journal!  This is a page for your Afternoon / After Work / After School routine.  I suggest writing it in pencil at first as you will probably revise it several times to find what works for you.  Above I have included a few things that I do, but you can make yours quite different!  Whatever works for you, your home, your family, your schedule!  Make a page in your Control Journal to write down reminders of what needs to be done in the afternoon (or evening, depending on your personal schedule!)

Once again, don't let your Perfectionism drag you down!  Don't add too much to your Afternoon Routine at first, you don't want to overwhelm yourself with these grand ideas of how things will go on the perfect day! Most days aren't going to be perfect!  It's nice to have a list, but don't let yourself get caught up in feeling like you HAVE to do it exactly like this every day!  The reminders in your Control Journal are there to help you know where to start, to keep you on track... NOT to imprison you or make you feel bad!

Keep on thinking positive, using affirmations to reverse those negative thoughts, and doing your best!

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