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Chore Jar, Meet Fun Jar

After four weeks away from home I find myself back to the grindstone with 100 things to do, literally. Usually I use Ta-da or Tuex-Deux to manage my daily tasks, but this list seemed too expansive and overwhelming. So naturally I asked my mom, a therapist, what to do.

She said to:

  • 1. Make a list of everything that needs doing.
  • 2. Now pick ten of those things you have to do. Mark them with an exclamation mark.
  • 3. Then pick five or ten more things you would like to do. Mark them with a star.
  • 4. Write every other task (for me, a massive list of home improvement chores) on little scraps of paper and put them in a jar. This is the chore jar.
  • 5. Fill another jar with similar scraps of paper that instead have fun things written on them. Every time you finish a task from the chore jar, draw something from the fun jar. Mine has things like go for a picnic, go to the movies, shop at an antique store, go swimming – all things that I can do with my betrothed without driving him crazy with my to-do lists. Note: Tasks with stars or exclamation marks don’t belong in jars. Just get them done.
  • *Words of advice: Make sure the fun jar is larger than the chore jar!

This might seem like a really simple solution to an overwhelming problem, or even a distraction, but I’m thinking it will be a tangible way to maintain a work/life balance. Thanks Mom!

One Comment

  1. Posted April 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Yet another reasons moms know best. I love it! Mentally, I can see so many advantages to doing this. AND although my oldest son isn’t even quite 2 yet, I’m totally filing this idea away for when he’s old enough to grasp the concept. Thanks for sharing!!

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