Friday, January 29, 2010

How to FLY, Day "I have no idea"

Okay, so I have to admit that I have no idea what day I am on with my baby steps. I guess I could go back to my calendar and back track but that doesn't really make sense since I haven't actually been following the baby steps like I should be. In my own neurotic way, without even knowing, I have forged ahead and tried to jump headfirst into a bedtime and morning routine. Maybe the Flylady wasn't clear enough about the first 30 days or maybe I just chose to "read-over" that part.

Apparently, I am only suppose to follow the baby steps for the first 30 days. That's it and nothing more. I tell you this so you won't make the same mistake as I did. The point of doing things this way is to get comfortable adding one new habit a day while reinforcing the habits established in days past. Out of these first 30 days, your routines will develop and you won't feel overwhelmed adding too much at once. Of course I missed the whole point of this, found the page that outlines the Flylady's routines and tried to emulate them. And yes, I was more than overwhelmed. While I have never been diagnosed with it, I am completely confident that I have some form of ADD. I cannot, no matter how hard I try, stay in one place for a long time. And this translates to the Flylady website as well. I was so excited about what she had to say that I think I have read every page 3 times. There-in lies my demise.

So now I must decide if I go back to the beginning and do it the right way or forge ahead with where I am. The good news is that every two weeks I get a free day and a re-set of sorts. That is the day that my cleaning company comes. Every other Friday I am as giddy as my kids are on Christmas Eve thinking about coming home after work to my clean and picked up house. So today might be a good day to start back on Day 1 and slowly build my routine. If I only I can restrain myself...

I do want to add that while I haven't been FLYing long and I have apparently been doing it all wrong, I am very encouraged by the results so far. It is helpful to start to put a method behind my madness. And if nothing else, I feel like I have a huge support system of other women who struggle with the same things I do. I love the emails! They keep me going and offer small tips of what others have found to be successful. My husband thinks I am nuts, but he is slowly seeing the benefits of FLYing and even agrees it might be helpful to teach our kids a few ways to keep mom happy. Good luck on your journey!

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