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.

The Bizzaro Blueprint- Getting Started

I’m going to go ahead and skip all the clever intro stuff and jump right in. That’s part of the problem, we have to learn where to cut the fat, and I’m going to start here. (Just chuckle a little and pretend I said something that drew you in while making you laugh).

The Bizzaro Blueprint is going to move in three different phases. Be mindful that you can always repeat and adjust the first two phases until the third phase works for you. The benefit of this is also that when life decides to throw you a curveball, you can adjust this to meet any new needs.

Change: Are you ready for it?

In order for this to work you’re going to have to make a vow to yourself. You’re going to have to decide to commit. If you’re bold enough, jump in right now and learn as you go. Shoot my a comment about the experience and we can work on tailoring it for you. If you’re a more cautious type, or if life just is to chaotic for you right now and you’re not ready to commit to anything- I get it. I’ve been there. Read along with the program, make notes of what you like and hate- shoot me a comment on it- and we can include your feedback too.

The commitment is to the whole process. Remember back in Chemistry class, you’d have to do those formal reports, writing out the procedure (Problem, Hypothesis, Experiment, Data, Analysis, Conclusion)? As tedious as it all was, at it’s core it was a good idea to plan and analyze. So what I’ve done is break our schedules into something that allows us to see the RESULTS of our changes in ways you can actually MEASURE! Make your goal or miss it. That’s life, right? You adjust and tweak, and when something doesn’t fall apart you know you’ve gotten it covered. We’ve succeeded in other areas, but we all have those problem spots like the laundry, the dishes, making time for ourselves. This Bizzaro Blueprint is going to help you SEE where the real weak spots are in how you manage things and then help you find ways to solve it!

They say it takes 30 days to form a new habit. It doesn’t sound like a whole lot does it? Especially if at the other end of this is a happier more effective you! How many days of feeling like you’re in a room of haybales with no idea how to spin straw into gold would you trade for one whole day of getting it all done, and having time for yourself?

Are you ready for a breath of ease and an air of confidence?

Great! So let’s get started:
I’m going to lay the whole program out for you today. I’ll briefly explain each phase of the process and then you can have some time to mull it over. Get yourself mentally prepared. We’ll begin the process officially on Monday. Each week I’ll post what to do this week, and midweek I’ll post a follow-up. This is your chance to effect it and modify it. If it makes sense to make it more universal I’ll update the post to reflect or add.

The Bizzaro Blueprint

Plan It

Act It

Keep it Up

That’s it. It’s that simple…but what the heck am I talking about:

Plan It- This is where you identify your needs, your problems, and your priorities. It isn’t at easy at it sounds, but it’s something you should be able to do as an adult. It’s what some people are able to do naturally, and something you might be able to do in other areas. Maybe it’s Mommy brain, or you actually have too many things to keep track of in your head. This stage will focus on how to get you on track to identify the problem.

Act It: In this phase we actually create an action plan. It’s going to be fun, and exhilarating as you check things off your list in record time. This is the stage where you get to see your life as a mad scientists. You’ll find you can create combinations of things you’ve never thought of before.

Keep it Up: The final phase is your destination. We all know dieting doesn’t work, right? Unless you want to lose a quick three or four pounds for a few days, and not expect to keep it off. Diets aren’t meant for the long term. BUT the Bizzaro Blueprint isn’t a diet. It’s a way to create a new habit. This final phase is all about how to keep the time weight off. I’ll give you tips and tricks to discover whether or not you’re slipping, so you can make adjustments and get back to your happy life.

When you’re through with this you will have a firmer grasp of how to manage your things that get away from you…and so will I.
I’m excited to start this journey with you.

So take a few days and go wild….I’ll see you Monday.

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