Staying on Track During the Holidays



Happy Holidays!



 Thank you for being here! 


The holidays definitely impact SHEs (Sidetracked Home Executives). DSC_1059.jpgBecause we're creative, we can go into OPM (Over Production Mode).

Our perfectionism kicks in and we want to recreate the magic we see on glossy magazine covers without thinking about how fake it all is. (Incidentally, this turkey is plastic. Marla the Flylady gave it to me because I told her we all want that Norman Rockwell image of the family around the festive table while Gramps carves the turkey at the table.)

In truth, cutting up the turkey at the table makes a horrible mess! I decided if we had a fake turkey for a photo op, we'd eliminate that unnecessary mess at the table.

We SHEs love the holidays, and since we're easily distracted throughout the year, this time of year can pitch us over the festive edge.

The holidays are here, and they don't let us off the hook to follow our daily routine, but they can distract us. Imagine that you have a free half hour specifically slotted for housework. You’ve got four 3x5 cards with specific chores on each to direct your work. There's an estimated time telling you how long each task will take written on each card. You’re dressed for housework, so you won’t wreck your good clothes and you’ve got sensible shoes on. You're a SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive) and you're easily distracted.

According to your math, you can do the tasks on the cards in half an hour, but what has happened to your good intentions when you find yourself at the mall buying Christmas presents? WHAT HAPPENED?

You can find that out by thinking backward until you come to the point in your housecleaning that prompted the diversion. Maybe you were innocently dusting the dining room table with a couple weeks’ worth of mail stacked on it and when you went to move the mail to dust you saw the coupon for 50% off Christmas pajamas at the Flamingo, and the sale ends today! So much for housecleaning, but at least you have some gifts to wrap. DSC_5664.jpg


SHEs are champions at getting sidetracked and if you’re one of us read on, because there is a wonderful anti-sidetracking tool you can use and it’s located in your head (well actually in your throat). You can read all about it at the end of this blog. If you’re tired of being a victim of distractions here are ten you need to be aware of before you start any housework whether it's during the holidays or any time.


1. Cell phone

2.  Door bell

3.  PetDSC_0516.jpg

4.  Refrigerator

5.  Sun

6.  Mailman or UPS guy

7.  Physiological interruptions:  bathroom, thirst, hunger

8.  Computer games/ Face Book/ Twitter

9. Child or husband

10.  Your amazing mind


If you’ve been sidetracked in the past by any of these distractions, here’s what you can do. When you set your timer for 15 minutes and you set out to clean the refrigerator for example, promise yourself you are going to stay on task short of an emergency like a broken arm, a fire in the next room or a drone takes the top of your roof off. Once the vow is made, work fast and play with your time constraint. (Seeing how much you can get accomplished in 15 minutes will engage your inner child who loves races against time.)


DSC_5589.jpgThere's no guarantee that one of the distractions won’t occur, in fact, mostly likely one or more of them will crop up especially if the job at hand starts to get boring. No worries, you’ll be ready!


So, let’s say something in the fridge speaks to you, like a left-over chicken leg and the thought comes to your amazing mind, ‘I’m kinda hungry.’ Speak to the chicken part and say, “Shut up! It’s not time to eat! I’ll eat you later.” If that dialogue works, keep cleaning the refrigerator. If it starts to nag you or another food item tempts you, it's time to bring out the big gun. The ultimate and tried and true solution is the air horn (you know the sound of the horn at a basketball game). Now in the course of the 15-minute fridge clean-out you may have to use that obnoxious horn more than once, but it’s such a brutal sound and it’s hard on your vocal chords, so your sweet soul probably won't want to hear it more than once.


You can also use the air horn while at the grocery store when you’re tempted to put a package of Christmas ginger snaps in your cart for example. (If there happens to be someone in the cookie aisle when you blast the horn, just touch your throat and say, “I hate it when that happens,” and continue shopping.


Because we SHEs are easily distracted, this tool REALLY WORKS! Give it a try and get back to me! I’d love to hear how it helps you.

If you'd like a little kick in the pants to declutter, this blog will help!  help!

Happy Holidays!


P.S. If you want to get organized just enough to please you, this is the book for you. It's got a joy_of_being_disorganized.jpgstreamlined version of the famous SHE 3x5 cardfile system in it. Oh and it makes a great gift! The Joy of Being Disorganized 

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