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#1 of 2 Old 03-13-2006, 12:00 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I adapted the Motivated Moms list and posted it on the refrigerator - cool fonts and colors, amusing clip art - it was a joy to behold. And I stuck with it! I got so excited when checking jobs off, and my 5 & 3 yos were into it as well. One night my 5yo actually cried when I told him we had to stop cleaning to go to bed. So it was a huge success on all fronts, and I stayed with it for 3 weeks.

Then I started having this irrational, pissed-off feeling any time I would look at the damn thing. I started slacking on some jobs, then ignoring them altogether. I wasn't too busy, I wasn't making excuses - I just didn't want to do the jobs. More to the point, I wanted NOT to do them. Today I had to come to terms with the fact that I am mad at my chore chart! I am trying somehow to "prove" to IT that it can't MAKE me do the stupid jobs. WTH?? What is my problem? I am 40 years old!

Has anyone had this particular neurosis? What can I do? Part of me feels like I should just grit my teeth and keep on with the jobs, but another part is a little worried that this is burnout (I was going a little overboard during the time I was doing well), and I just need a little breather. I don't know. Help?
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I guess it is a burnout. Did you feel you were neglecting other things that make you happy in order to get your chores done? Were you missing sleep or other rest time? I don't have a chore list, but I am trying to get as much cleaning done as possible in preparation for Passover. I have been visiting the Spring Cleaning Challenge thread for inspiration. I started staying up late (happily!) after my kids had gone to bed to get things done. While I am thrilled with what I have accomplished and still need to do more, I have found myself getting resentful when dh goes to sleep at night. I realized I just haven't been sleeping enough, and I'm slowing down with the cleaning a bit.
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