Day One in 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life could not be titled any more appropriately – Discipline is a choice. Over the past few months I have chosen not to let self-discpline happen. I have chosen instead to set things aside till ‘later’. I have chosen to pile up papers instead of filing them away, put off following up on items that should have been addressed months ago, and not finish what I have been working on before starting something else. I have chosen to blame the circumstances around me rather than view the real issue – I have chosen to not be self-disciplined.
This choice has resulted in a home that feels chaotic, kids who are responding accordingly, a husband who is already stressed feeling even more stressed when he comes home and myself not feeling at all restful or productive. There are so many things we could be doing but I feel so behind I have no energy to make headway. So now, at this moment, I am choosing to start changing. I will show self-discipline and do the important things that need to be done so we can life and enjoy life later.
Today is the day. I have room to breath a bit and tackle the things that have been overwhelming me, or threatening to do so. I have begun to take on one of the larger projects and work on smaller ones, but just as they come up. From past experience I know that if I were to have a plan and a goal in mind I could be doing so much more. So here it goes, my plan to get back on the ball, to start up some of those habits I began to drop a year ago when our home life was disrupted by work on the house and adding in home schooling. I am excited to get going and see what changes can be achieved in the next 21 days.
It is still dark outside and Jack woke up. Yes, it is 6:35 a.m. which is right at his wake up time, but I was hoping the darkness would give me an extra 30 minutes. No such luck.
His first question of the day, “What are you doing?”
“I am trying to set my goals for today.”
“Oh. What are they?”, he asks with an innocent voice.
“I don’t know yet. That is what I am trying to figure out.”
A few sentences later I clarify for him that I have 3 top goals for today:
- Finish his school work for today.
- Clean the garage of as much drywall dust as I can: finish wiping down the walls of the garage, wipe down the washer and dryer, and clean the floor
- Spend an hour cleaning the house: picking up and moping the kitchen floor to get as much drywall dust up as I can
The last two goals may sound like complicated goals that could be broken down, and they could, but in reality they are not that bad.
Moping the kitchen floor is a smaller goal I have had for a while. It is the first thing we see when we come into the house and really set the mood for how I feel about the house. With the drywall dust and work dust having covered it often these past few months, I have also noticed exactly how much it impacts the cleanliness of the floors in the rest of the house. Don’t believe me? I now have white foot prints everywhere to prove it. This really, really, really needs to be done. And to that end, it is also why I am wanting to clean the floor in the garage. We enter the kitchen from the garage. The two floors are united almost as one.
The garage is 95% of the way done. Wiping down the walls and the washer and dryer should take about 10 – 15 minutes. This part is a step toward working on my Mega Project.
Quick project to jump start the 21 days: mopping the kitchen floor
Mega Project: Paint the new drywall in the garage and house
I will need to sit down later today and break my Mega Project into smaller bits. For now I am going to finish up the first step I started this past weekend, which was wiping down the walls and ceiling in the garage. Below you can see what it looked like before being cleaned out and after. It is harder to see exactly how much dust was wiped off, but it was enough to cover me and make the whole room look white.
Is there a quick project that you have been putting off? Make time today to tackle it, then share with us how long it actually took.