As parents, our work is never done. There is always laundry to be folded, dishes to clean, socks to find and general chaos to keep under control. It's a 24-hour, 365 job that pays in kisses and cuddles. While we wouldn't trade our kids for the world, we wouldn't mind it if they weren't so messy. If you're stuck in the never-ending cycle of laundry followed by vacuuming, then you might want to stick around. We've got a nifty hack for you, courtesy of author Rachel Hoffman and her book, Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess
What Hoffman suggests isn't blitzing the house Marie Kondo-style, where everything is neat and organized - we do live in houses with kids after all - but rather setting yourself time limits. If Hoffman is to be believed, setting yourself a ratio such as 20 minutes of work followed by 10 minutes of rest can make you more productive.
According to POPSUGAR, the benefits of this ethic aren't to be underestimated. For a start, it takes the pressure off thinking you have to do everything in one go. Most of us fall into the trap of feeling like we have to do all of the chores before we can relax, when it might not be necessary.
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Following this ratio helps us power through, focusing on the task at hand, while giving us a few minutes to talk to our partners, make a phone call, or check our emails. In the 20 minutes that we are cleaning, we're likely to do more at a quicker pace as we are conscious of the time we have left. It's not a race, but knowing that the minutes are ticking down is an added incentive for us to get our butts in gear, isn't it?
On the days of the week that are busy, especially if you're working a regular 9 to 5 and only have limited time in the evening, you might find that one 20-minute spurt is enough to help you feel more content in your surroundings. If that simply isn't enough for you, why not up the ratio to 30:10?
However you make it work for you, just remember the ultimate goal is to feel like you have more time on your hands, not less.
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