I am officially on day 6 of the 31 days to clean challenge. This challenge has shown me cleaning is truly a CHALLENGE for me! 31 Days to Clean is actually an ebook by Sara Mae. Click here for info on ordering the book an on our challenge!
Let me just go ahead and warn you, it is gonna take me a little longer than 31 days! With this cleaning thing, I feel like Paula Abdul..I take two steps forward and two steps back.
My “want to” is usually really low when it comes to cleaning. Perhaps it is my perceived futility of cleaning since things end up right back messed up. Maybe it is that cleaning is just NOT fun. Better yet, I seem to have a hard time fitting cleaning in my schedule.
If I am truly honest, I NEVER plan to clean. Cough…I mean who does that?
After each day’s reading, Sara Mae gives two challenges:
- The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
- The Martha Challenge – Specific cleaning tasks
The day 6 lesson in the book is all about productivity. For this quick lesson, Sara Mae shared a well known business story of Charles Swabb:
Back in the early 1900’s, Charles Schwab was the head of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Consultant Ivy Lee offered to increase the productivity of Schwab’s people, and he would let Schwab decide what the results were worth. Schwab agreed.
Lee taught each executive to sit down at the end of each day, and create a list. The list must contain only the six most important things to be completed the next day. Each morning, they should start the day by working on the first item on that list, and not move on until it is completed.
After a few months of seeing results, Schwab sent a check to Lee for $25,000. That’s about $500,000 in today’s dollars.
If y’all are like me, you have probably written down a to-do list before. My issue is that I just have not stuck with doing it consistently. However, when I looked at this list I was able to draw a few new conclusions:
1. Don’t write down 106 things or even six urgent things. Write down the 6 MOST IMPORTANT things you want done.
2. Each thing is a do-able task NOT an entire project!
3. The 6 most important things are to be written down at the end of the day NOT in the henny penny scramble of just getting to my desk to check email.
4. The 6 most important things should be written down EVERY DAY.
So, as you might have guessed, the Mary Challenge is:
Write down your most important things to do for the next day. Finish them in order. What ever you do not accomplish on that day’s list put at the top of the next day’s list.
Martha Challenge: Clean out and orgainze all your cabinets.
Can I just tell y’all how loudly I laughed at cleaning out and organizing ALL of my kitchen cabinets! So, instead of laughing and getting nothing done, I picked the messiest cabinent and cleaned it. Remember, Imperfect Progress (small steps of change wrapped in grace–Lysa Terkeurst)!
The kitchen pantry is coming up soon…y’all pray for me!