posted on another board:
|I subscribe to the emails, but I find them utterly overwhelming. I don't know where to begin, and so I drift around until something other than cleaning up grabs my attention.
The way I started was with a simple morning and evening routine. I printed flylady's off and added the things I needed to for my kids. Getting the morning and evening routine in place is really the key. Delete all the other emails until you are ready for them. After a few weeks or a month of doing your morning and evening routine, it will become automatic. If you do the same routine in the same order, it will eventually get to the point where you can't not do it, because it will just be such a habit.
When I'm doing work during the day, I sit down for a few minutes first and make a list on a 3x5 card of the things I want to do during the next hour. I try to guess how long each job is going to take. For example, tom. morning I will make a list that reads something like:
1. empty trash cans (5 minutes)
2. make menu plan (15 minutes)
3. work on Ali's room (15 minutes)
4. change burner trays (10 minutes)
5. sweep porch (15 minutes)
Then I work really hard and try to get it all done. Ali's room is awful and 15 minutes isn't going to do the whole job, but working really focased for 15 minutes gets far more done that I ever would have believed. I have found that I have a pretty short attention span for housework, and after about 15 minutes I loose interest in whatever I am working on anway, so it is best to be honest and just switch to something else.
After my hour is up, I will do something totally different, like spend some time with my kids reading or doing art or what ever. I will also take a few minutes to myself to be online or make a phone call, or drink some instant mocha
Sometimes I start to drift around, too. I take it as my sign that I need to take a break. If there are things that urgently need to be done, then I make a list so I can work and actually get them done. If it isn't so urgent, I take some time and do something with my kids or just for myself. I used to waste a lot of time just running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I wasn't getting any housework done, really being present with my kids, or even enjoying myself.
hope this helps