Planning a house cleaning job
Plan well in advance. Use a Sunday to plan for the coming week. If you don’t plan, you will end up doing too many things on a single day and tax your joints.
Do not plan more than one cleaning job per day.
Prioritize your plans. Accept the fact that you cannot manage everything in a single day. Hence prioritize and plan accordingly.
You may write N next to items that you NEED to
accomplish urgently & W next to items that you WISH
to accomplish; but not so urgently. Rank the N items
in order of importance keeping in mind the
deadlines. The W items keep can be done as & when it
Break big jobs into smaller jobs. Accomplish each small job separately.
For eg. cleaning the house is a big job. It can be
broken down into smaller tasks such as cleaning the
windows of bedroom, kitchen, scrubbing the sinks.
This way, each job would seem less difficult & you
can easily finish each task without much fatigue or
joint pain. At the end, you will also be satisfied
having completed multiple tasks in a day instead of
one big task that otherwise seem endless.
Decide what is manageable for you at the planning stage itself. Let your family know. Make house cleaning job a collective responsibility.
Spread the entire work over a day rather than a few hours. Take frequent breaks. Do not forget breakfast or your tablets.
Gather all the items you require for a job before you actually start working. Once all the items are on a table, you can always sit on a chair & complete the job.
Pace yourself. Alternate between the 'N' & 'W'
items. For eg. Once you have washed windows of a
room (your N item), you can sit down, relax & then
engage yourself in writing a letter (your W item).
- Enjoy the sense of accomplishment. Be sure to check off items as you finish them.
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