We all know that losing weight isn’t easy.
We also all know that there are specific jobs around the home that can’t be avoided and they need to get done.
Why not combine the must-do tasks at home with losing weight?
I Discovered This By Accident
I’m sure that I am not the only person who hates to vacuum the house.
So one day, while in my usual negative frame of mind regarding the hoovering, I did something different. I set a timer for 30 minutes, and I tried to hoover our entire house within those 30 minutes.
The Challenge Was On!
Suddenly, this mundane task was a challenge (and I rise to challenges rather well!)
After the first 15 minutes, I was doing remarkably well. I had worked out beforehand what ‘half the house’ would be, and I could compare this against the 15-minute marker as being half the time allowed.
Fifteen minutes in, and I had completed half the house! Let’s say that my motivation was given a boost at this stage!
The Lounge Was My Enemy
I’m not sure if this is the same for everyone, but for me, the lounge is our most challenging room. I guess that you have a most challenging room too?
Our lounge is large and has a coffee table, a dining table and a large cupboard area which houses the TV and large bookshelves on either side.
Vacuuming under every table and cupboard added valuable minutes to my vacuum race.
By the time that I had finished the lounge, I had just 5 minutes remaining and two rooms left to clean.
Did I Win?
I ended up losing my challenge by a full six minutes!
But I noticed something.
I was breathing hard and sweating. I had just had a workout!
A New Way of Doing Boring Chores Had Just Been Born
My handy little timer next jumped into action while I was hand-washing the car. I allowed twenty minutes for this job.
I ended up completing this task in under twenty minutes as the car wasn’t so dirty in the first place. But at least I had a benchmark time to use for the next car wash session. Next time I would allow myself just fifteen minutes.
My Point Is This Though…
By setting a timer for all my household chores, I was achieving three things at the same time:
- I was making mundane tasks seem exciting.
- I was more productive with my time.
- I was having a physical workout and losing weight!
The Bigger Plan: See What Jobs Could Use This Method
I ended up with a list of six household tasks that could be made more productive (ie. faster) while at the same time being a challenge, and also a workout.
My timer method is used for all six in the list:
- Vacuuming the House: (already covered above)
- Washing the Car: (already included above)
- Mowing the Lawn: While I can only do this one in Summer, it’s still on my list because it’s Summer as I am writing this post. The timing for this will depend on the size of your garden obviously. For our yard, it used to take about 40 minutes. Using my ‘Challenge Method’ I only allow 25 minutes. I basically take the total regular time, then halve that, then add 5 minutes.
- Putting Away The laundry: For a full laundry job (whites, blacks, and colored clothes,) it usually takes me around 30 minutes to unload the drying racks, fold all the clothes, put away the clothes in the correct drawers and cupboards, then put away the drying racks. Using my formula, I allow myself 20 minutes for this set of tasks now.
- Washing the Windows: We have quite a few windows and also a double glass door leading to the garden. Regular washing time is a whopping 50 minutes for this lot. Using my formula (regular time halved + 5 minutes), I now allow myself 30 minutes.
- Cleaning the Bathroom: This task involves cleaning the toilet, cleaning the bath, cleaning the hand basin and cleaning the glass shelf and mirror which are located above the hand basin. Regular time is 35 minutes. I now allow myself 22 minutes.
Have My Tasks Suffered In Quality Because Less Time Is Taken?
The method I use now is to do the very same tasks as I used to do, but just move FASTER and keep moving! Don’t stop moving at any point!
Don’t dawdle when moving from job to job, just keep moving!