Don't even give yourself a choice ...
You’re almost out of gas. There’s not a clean fork in the house. The dog puked on the floor.
That last one’s gross, I know … but that’s a must-do chore I am thankful almost always falls to my hubby—because he’s an early riser and our yellow lab, the lovable Boomer, has a sensitive stomach.
The point is that at times we get stuff done because we have little choice.
I like to use this situational pressure to my advantage with what I call “The Force Your Hand Game.”
How it works
You create an environment or situation where doing the chore becomes more obvious, compelling or necessary.
Here are a few ways to force your hand:
I must confess I haven’t done that last one. Hubby cleans up dog puke and makes the coffee. I could ask him to hold my first cup hostage. I could … but will I? I am already not the most pleasant morning person, so I am not sure he’ll agree to these terms.
What I like about this game:
We can do hard things. Sometimes we just need a little nudge or a good reason. So friends, may the force be with you.
Have other ideas for “The Force Your Hand Game”? Awesome! How about sharing them in the comments?
Sally had her genie ways
I’ve written about how my mom inspired my need to infuse fun into chores. And when we were kids, she’d sometimes get her point across without nagging or pleading.
She’d magically force our hand.
If you were hanging out in our family room, watching Gilligan’s Island or I Dream of Jeannie, you could expect a basket of clean clothes for folding to appear in front of you.
Bam! Sally would drop it and leave the room. Maybe you were the neighbor kid. You still got a basket. A family of nine has a lot of laundry, and just like Gilligan and crew, there was no escaping.
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I am Margie Reece. I am here to help you rock your chores and have some fun doing it.