The Bizzaro Blueprint: Getting Back on Track- Week 1

Getting back on track isn’t easy, but it’s the only way to reach your goal

So I’ve confessed to the world that my first shot at this was a dismal failure, but I did promise that I would tell you how I finally got myself back under control and am currently defeating the anti-motivation, dishes, and disorganization monsters. It’s true. I did it, and a few weeks later, I’m still doing it. I’m going to tell you how I did it, and how you can do it too.

If you can remember the first stage is all about priorities and planning. You’ve got to know what you actually have on your plate and the time frame in which you have to do it. The first week or so really does involved staying in and getting it done.

Week  1: Planning and Priorities

Step One: List it

Calendars didn’t really work for me. So what I did was write up a list of the things I just need to get a hold of. Which looked pretty much like this:

  • Defeat Mount Laundry
  • Clean the dishes already…every day
  • Make the Living Room look less like an explosion…keep it looking that way
  • Get my work from home work done
  • Read with Little G every day
  • Make meals at home- most days
  • Clean my floors
  • Clean my room
  • Clean Little G’s room

The trick to the Bizzaro Blueprint is balance. You need to take things on that you can fit around your daily needs. My Dailies include:

  • working
  • reading with Little G
  • Dishes
  • Meals

Meals are one of those things that aren’t super priorities for me. If the day becomes to overwhelming to make dinner, then we can take out. I know that it doesn’t work like that for everyone, so if this is a priority…make it one. It’s all about scheduling your time effectively.

Then you have your big things, which are the rest:

  • Defeat Mount Laundry
  • Living room
  • Little G’s room
  • My room
  • floors

I picked two for Week 1.

So week 1 list of things looked like this:

  • Defeat Mount Laundry
  • Living room
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Work
  • Reading with Little G

Step 2: Take a vow

Once you’ve come up with your list, raise your right hand and say the following:

“This week I’m going to complete everything on my list. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I don’t fail myself. I know that I’m not perfect, and I might fail, and if I do I’ll reassess next week, but I vow to myself to make sure I try my darnedest.”

Step 3: Make a game plan

This part needs to start on the Sunday night before Week 1 begins.

My Game Plan is that I wanted to make sure I could do all of these things and be able to take the weekends off. Eventually I’d love to have Mondays off too, so that I can have a day when I’m just being a little lazy and only doing the dailies. This week, however, there is no day off. You’ve got five days to get it done. How are you going to do it?

Here’s what my plan looked like.

  • Do 2-3 complete loads of laundry every day.
  • Dishes first thing in the morning
  • Work during naptime, and as needed
  • Read 1 book before opening computer
  • Read 1 book before naptime
  • Read 1 book after she eats her lunch
  • Monday- pick up all the garbage from the living room
  • Tuesday- pick up, and put away all the things that don’t belong in the living room (mostly Grace’s toys etc.)
  • Wednesday- dust the furniture, clean the coffee table
  • Thursday-Vacuume
  • Friday- Maintain

Step 4: Execute

This really means, follow your game plan. Do your best to keep to whatever schedule it is you made. Make notes, either mental or on paper, to what works or not. Maybe doing the dishes in the morning doesn’t work for you. Find a time that you can do them, and do them at that time every day. Tomorrow I’ll post about how I managed the laundry situation and actually conquered it, along with some tips and tricks that made it easier to accomplish this for me. Later this week I’ll post my assessment of how the week went.

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