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Harry Potter Challenge Wk 2

Monday, July 08, 2013

Stage 2a. What *baby* steps do you intend to try to take to help you prevent any regress back to this negative pattern?

My issue from the previous blog, and the habit I'm working on changing was my ability to not do things. I referred to is as my laziness. I think the biggest area of concern in regards to this is cleaning. It applies to my food choices and exercise, but I think the mess blocks me from dealing with other things well. It eats away at me a bit.
So, the baby steps I plan to implement are as follows:
-I will write down daily the cleaning projects I plan to do the following day. I will work on these for 15 minutes each day. I've done this sort of thing before and failed to keep with it. But I think it's more likely that I will do this - short amounts of cleaning, vs doing a ton at once. I need something I can do regularly that won't take forever. I know I won't keep with this if I try to dedicate a lot of time to it, say once a week or whatever. So, daily, my plan is to clean for 15 minutes.
-I have enlisted someone to help me do this. I hate the idea that I can't just do this on my own. You know? I'm an adult, I should be able to clean... and yet I don't. If I'm not going to do it on my own and I want to change it - I must face the reality, at least at this point in time, that I need someone else to help me.
-Once I get things a bit cleaner, more organized, I'll plan a more regular cleaning schedule, again only for briefs amount of time per day.

How can you juggle your environment to better succeed at putting your new idea to action? List it's pros and cons to make these changes.
-Putting this out there is a way to hold myself accountable and it will make it more likely that I will succeed. I purchased a few different products to help me keep it clean.
-Being able to ask someone for help and that person being willing and supportive is tremendous. I needed this.

Stage 2b. What small *baby* actions for developing this positive new idea can you begin to set up in your lifestyle?

My positive goal for this section was wanting to walk my dogs regularly. Like real walking, not just a little stroll - which I was doing. I think figuring out a plan for StageA has helped this issue a lot. I'm looking forward to taking the dogs out since I'm dealing with issue of my cleanliness. It was like that was a roadblock to all other issues.
Baby actions to help make this a habit:
-Set a specific time for our walks (big walk in AM around 9am depending on when I get off work, and short walk in PM around 8:30pm, before work)
-Committing to a bare minimum of 10 minutes walking daily.

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    great goals!
    1593 days ago
    Way to go, little steps at a time will get you there! emoticon
    1594 days ago
    Oh, Maggie, I love the fact that you GAVE each walk a t:i:m:e!! It's not regimental (which is a good thing) but it's doable.

    HUGE LEAP (not baby step) getting someone enlisted to see you through!! YOU TOTALLY ***R*O*C*K**E*D*** this by doing that!! How long will they *stand* *guard* for you? I hope they will STAY for at least a couple of weeks.

    Can you be more specific on what you're doing each 15 minute block, because, you may want to take it by rooms (mentioned on your TDR) so there's a focus for you of WHERE you'll be on such-n-such a day.

    I am sooo EXCITED for you!! I see a break-through and it's giving *me* HOPE for some on my 'hoarding' habit I'm working on in my challenge. Way to go, GRYFFINDOR!!
    1595 days ago
    One of the issues that I've had with cleaning is that it was always used as punishment when I was little. Now that I am (supposedly!) an adult, I feel that even when I am "good", I am really "bad" because I have to clean. Crazy, right?
    I've tried to make it fun by doing things like dancing to the oldies while I dust; or, I tell myself that a cleaner house makes it safer for my grandchildren. But it is an issue that I do struggle with.
    Go with your plan. You will succeed!
    1595 days ago
    Great plan!
    1595 days ago
    emoticon baby steps are the best. emoticon
    1595 days ago
    sounds like you've got a good idea of what you need to do. Good luck implementing it!
    1595 days ago
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