In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Chore Master

This is a free app that I found that tracks the chores you do.  They have a list of chores that they entered and the approximate time it takes to complete each one.  You can also add your own chores to it.  It has a timer so that you can see how long it actually takes you.  Based on how many chores you complete you get a level.  Similar to experience points for role-playing or video games.  I am currently at Level 3 “Dabbler”.    The app describes this level as “This isn’t so painful!  You dip in and out of chores, it’s more of a part-time thing for you.  But it’s not so bad.”

What I like:

  • It is a free app that is ACTUALLY free and usable (not just an ad for the full version).
  • List of total number of minutes cleaning, total this week, and total number of minutes for each chore.
  • It says how many minutes are required to Level Up (I have 67 minutes left).
  • Relatively quick to enter in chores.

In general, my tablet probably hasn’t helped me be more productive, but I thought this had potential.  I felt successful entering in the +2 hours of cleaning I did today.   I haven’t used the program to know how many levels there are or if the level changes if you don’t use the program or don’t clean as much from one week to the next.

We shall see!

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Adventures in Carpet Cleaning

Well I pulled out the carpet cleaner. I even vacuumed before hand. I’ve used it before, but there is still that sense of “Am I doing this right?” How wet does it need to be? Did I put enough soap in? Do I add bleach? Will this stain come out if I keep at it or not?

Today I used the attachment for the first time so I could clean a few chairs. My husband showed me how to put it on. I kept trying to figure out why it wasn’t working. Well, it was plugged in correctly, but it was out of water. Fill water. Then try to figure out the precise amount of water for getting dirt off and trying to figure out what I need to do so it doesn’t leave a funky pattern. Do I spot clean? Do the whole couch? I’d hate to ruin something in the name of cleaning.

Hopefully it works out. Now off to hopefully a more fun adventure—-caramel corn!

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Technology and Productivity

I’ve been thinking about the role of technology and productivity. There are so many tasks that require the internet/computer/technology. For my job, I use online report writing software, plan for future sessions, and communicate with co-workers and parents. When my computer is down, I feel lost, but I am able to do tasks that are equally important that get pushed away such as cleaning my office, looking through materials, and filing papers. While it drives me insane when the network is down at work, there is a sense of relief and permission to do other tasks. It reminds me of that Jack Johnson song that I love called “Breakdown” where he fantasizes about the train breaking down and being able to take a moment to relax.

At home, technology has a slightly different role. I use it at times for work tasks at home. I also use it for music, tv shows, facebook, blogging, news, and schedules. It’s amazing how I can look at the clock and see the time that has vanished while I was on the computer.

I thought about having a technology sebatical for one day or for the weekend. At first, I was thinking no computer. Then I started making exceptions. Well I can use the computer for weather and gym schedule. Email is important too. What about Pandora while I clean? I decided a good sebatical would be no Facebook or Blogging for the select amount of time.

Then my tablet arrived in the mail. I knew I didn’t have the will power to not touch my new toy. To have a technology break while playing with a tablet seemed counterproductive. So I will postpone this idea and maybe do it at a later date.

For now, I will try to use my technology for good instead of laziness and use in moderation.

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