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#103: A Day with a Plan

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I had my day planned. I would totally clean the kitchen -- inside the refrigerator, behind it, on top of it, clear clutter off of the counters, clean the oven, do a little caulking, priming and painting -- get it looking good. Then I was going to work a while in the back yard, trimming trees, cutting grass -- get it looking good.

Yes. I had my day planned. I should have known better.

I decided to wash the kitchen window curtains then sought out other things to wash at the same time. That lead me to the bathroom for the window curtains there, but I saw the shower curtains and took them down to clean. I carried everything to the laundry room and started a load soaking. So far, so good.

Back to the bathroom for the cleanser, saw the exposed tub, decided to clean it since I was there. I gave it a first go over until my back started to hurt. Went to the living room to sit and rest a bit. Saw dust on the TV, went to the kitchen for wet paper towels, started to wipe off the top of the refrigerator (I did have wet paper towels in hand after all).

To the laundry room to start the load that was soaking on regular washing. Saw how dirty the back porch floor was. Well, the broom was right there so I swept off the porch and carport. Thought as long as I was outside I may as well do some of the trimming. Then the back reminded me it hadn't had a rest, so back to the living room and the dusty TV once more. got more wet towels, cleaned off the TV, saw how dusty the floor was behind it, so pulled the console out and swept and mopped the floor there.

Went to sit down and spied the treadmill I keep in the living room (one advantage of being single is that I can do this) and figured since I had the mop I should clean beneath it. Rinsed out the mop, cleaned the floor, thought what the heck, I was already there so do a treadmill workout and get it over with.

Into the workout my back let me know it hadn't rested so stopped the treadmill and finally sat down. But as I did, I remembered the laundry, went out, put that first load in the dryer and started a second load. Went back inside and saw a box in the dining room I had been been sorting through and took it to a back room.
Well, again, I was THERE, so I started rearranging things in that room until I needed the broom and dustpan so into the kitchen again where I saw the refrigerator and realized I hadn't eaten lunch. And, shouldn't I be hungry because of all the work I'd been doing?

Fixed a sandwich and watched some mindless show on the now clean television (I did have to sit and rest my back). Fell asleep in the chair and woke up after 1:00, got some laundry going in the dryer and started another load, took the dogs outside, went inside and saw how much more kitchen cleaning there was to do.

But I was tired. I'd been cleaning the house since early morning. Sat down to check email and then to read SparkPeople posts and blogs and realized I truly did not seem to have accomplished very much. But where to start next? Ah, the kitchen! But I'm still hungry, I think, and don't want to overeat so I should stay away from the kitchen for a while longer.

How about changing bedsheets as long as I'm doing laundry? That done, the back was really sore so stretched out on clean sheets to rest a while, fell asleep and now see it is nearly 2:30.

So, I vow, after this message on how to properly clean a kitchen (tongue in cheek) I will begin anew on the refrigerator and hope I'm not tempted too much.

In the end I'm confident it will all work out.

After all, I've got a plan.
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    With me and all the people here who agree with you because we resemble these remarks...Sounds like a new Spark team. The Distractable Doers? AchingBackHouseCleaners? RoundAboutWayTo Accomplishments? Something like that?
    4201 days ago
    I agree you did get a lot done! Even if you didn't get done what you had planned. Next time save the bathtub till last or find someone to do that job for you. Cleaning the bathtub all ways throws my back out.

    I ate my emoticon for breakfast so I am feeling pretty good to have it out of the way. LOL
    4203 days ago
    That sounds too much like me, lol.
    4203 days ago
    I thought that's just the way things were supposed to progress...LOL! That sounds so much like me, when I get to cleaning.

    Thanks for a great blog!
    4204 days ago
    You clean just like me - sometimes in a circular path or whatever I see in my way! Sounds like you got plenty accomplished! emoticon
    4204 days ago
  • HOLLY1949
    Joy, Brian Tracey is a wonderful motivator. I love all his books...I ate my frog this morning! Come on Lou, eat your frog first thing. For plans to work , we must work those plans . It sounds like your plans were too big ...keep things simply. Keep your to do list down to no more than 10 things. Start with the frogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4204 days ago
    Have you ever read Brian Tracey book "Eat your frog" .
    It sounds like your refrigerator or your yard work was your frog ,that you were procrastinating doing??? In his book he says to eat your frog first....that is the thing you tread the most(frog) If you have two frogs on your list of things to do then start with the ugliest frog. LOL

    Did you eat your frog today?

    4204 days ago
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    Sounds like how my day is going! Except I am still on the first load of laundry!
    4204 days ago
    Hahahahahahaha, oh, Lou, I so relate! LOL This is one of the BEST blogs EVER!
    4204 days ago
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