Love it or Hate it; Deadlines Work!

At this moment I’m trying to escape housework (shh! don’t tell!) The truth be told, we are really kind of messy (3 kids, ages 2,4,8, and a husband who can make the biggest messes of them all!) and it can be overwhelming to keep up on the house chores at times. So how do we force ourselves to clean up? We purposely invite friends over a couple times a month, and self-inflict a day or so of cleaning madness so we can pretend we don’t live in chaos for a couple of hours and see what the couch looks like with all the throw pillows on and put away toys, etc. to reveal the color of the carpet. Once and awhile we cave and hire help as well, particularly when relatives are coming to stay… ideally I’d have help more often. I share this dirty little secret :) about my domestic side because sad to say it but if we didn’t have some sort of desire to impress others at least once and awhile and clean our house we’d likely end up like Shel Silverstein’s Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out and all her neighbors moved away. I’d hate to know what would happen if no one ever came to our house to play. I wish that we wanted to clean for cleaning’s sake, but we’re just too busy doing other projects that have a deadline, I suppose! Works well enough, we should invite people over everyday, then it would be an easier task. For us, the “reward” is having great times with friends and then enjoying the benefits of a clean house when they go too.

Time for your confession: Do you self-inflict a deadline for yourself with a consequence in life or business to make yourself do something you typically dread? What ideas do you have to share? How do you reward yourself?

Kelly King Anderson is the the author of this post, she is the Founder of Startup Princess.

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