Sunday, April 19, 2009

Get House Chores Off Your Mind and Focus on What's Really Important

One thing that I noticed help me live a much easier existence is figuring out ways to not to have to think about anything unless I have to. If there is something you can automate or have a system to remember to do something in a way that you don't have to think about it you won't have to stress over these usually mundane repetitive types of thoughts.

In this article I'm going to give you an an example of one such system that I've created so I wouldn't have to think about what needs to be done around the house.

I've created a a couple of worksheets that contains the following sheets:
  1. A 2 week worksheet of things that need to be done around the house every day, once a week or every two weeks.
  2. A worksheet for Monthly, Quarterly and Seasonal type tasks that need to be done.
Download either of these formats:

Currently I'm printing out the 2 week worksheet every two weeks of course and I only need the other worksheet printed once a year. I post them on the family fridge. On the sheets we put the first initial of the person who did the task. If the tasks is on the monthly sheet I may even write the date the tasks were done or other important criteria like mileage on a vehicle.

The "Monthly, Quarterly and Seasonal" sheet is a good start but I think I might have missed some important things. If you have any suggestions that you think should be on there please let me know and I'll update them.

Side Notes
I mentioned earlier that we put the first initial of the person that did the task on our sheets. We do this for a couple of reasons:
  1. Self-gratification, I can go back and see what I've done.
  2. Accountability, a person in the household knows that everyone else can see what they are doing.
  3. There is one book I've read called The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, I loved this book. In it it showed me that one of my primary love languages were acts of service, that is when someone does something for me I feel loved. This list is great for me and is a very reassuring to see my wife and kids doing things on this list.
Now that you don't have to think about the junk you need to do around the house you can use those extra brain cycles to think about more important stuff!