I don’t even want to write it. Shall I…… well as I can’t think of a better introduction it will have to do.
As a mother I am often doing stuff that I find quite monotonous.
Here is a handy check list so that I can see that monotony in dot form:
- Mopping the floor
- Ironing clothes (sometimes)
- Cooking anything. I don’t like cooking
- Washing up
- Wiping down bench tops
- Picking up dog poop
- Stopping work at 3.15 to do the school run.
- Listening to kids saying ‘MUUUUUUUUM there is nothing to eat’
- Running kids to and from activities.
It isn’t that it is all bad. I sometimes enjoy these activities and sometimes find them to be the most exquisite breaks in my otherwise thrilling life as a cosmetic chemist and writer (ehem).
But sometimes they are just boring.
So while frantically mopping the floor just now before the off-the-bus stampede I was thinking about how I could be more grateful about these things.
Grateful for washing up?
Been there, done that and the novelty wears off (for me anyway. Maybe I was born on the wrong side of the bed).
No, I need something more exciting than gratitude. Something more DYNAMIC.
I’m choosing to re-frame my monotony by adding the word ‘fun’ to every chore list.
Here’s how that might look
- Mopping the floor becomes Finding a way to make mopping the floor FUN! I could do it naked, while on roller skates, using our little fluffy doggie as the mop (nooooo I wouldn’t do that), Do it while being timed to see if I can beat my own world record.
- Ironing clothes (sometimes) becomes…… I can’t think of any way to make that fun. Maybe I’ll just get the kids to do that for themselves.
- Cooking anything (I don’t like cooking) becomes the ‘let’s cook something different once a week challenge’, the ‘let’s only cook with green food day, you can only eat with your fingers, chop stick day, left over sculpting and so on.
- Picking up dog poop becomes an adventure in who did which poo? what has the dog been eating today? How far can I fling the poo? How many flies are on poo city? Does the poo look like anyone famous?
- Ferrying the kids to and from activities can be heaps of fun if I do it wearing a wig or a gorilla outfit, with my eyes closed (again no…..), by choosing a different route, by playing eye spy, by hosting a 5 minute (or whatever the journey time is) debate about something that was on the news.
I know this isn’t a new idea but it is an idea that seems refreshingly new and wonderful to me today.
Now where did I put that gorilla suit and the roller skates……