2017 Make it a habit : washing the dishes Jan 1, 2017 8:56:46 GMT -5 Louie, cleanbee, and 1 more like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by wynken on Jan 1, 2017 8:56:46 GMT -5 I'm starting over.Wanting to get some good ordinary habits happening regularly here.Recently I read a link about habit formation, and the breaking of bad habits, and their main focus was toappreciate both the why you want the habit, and to send yourself encouraging messages and emotion during and after the doing of it.Msg to me - Talk myself through the tasks. Be encouraging and complimentary to myself. Make the task a doable size.Where there is a backlog, define the how much you are going to do in a session. And how often the sessions are.For example .. regarding the dishes, a household of 1 and a household of 6 may have different answers to those basic questions.If there is a large backlog, washing up ones days dishes plus a couple more may promote a better result in terms of daily effort than doing a marathon, then letting a backlog begin again. Or maybe you would like to do your own experiment. ?I do think it is slightly different for those with or without a dish washer of the machine type, but even for those dw owners, there are things that need hand washing. So all are welcome.Personally, I'm a dish washer of the human variety.Flylady suggests putting the dishes in a box on the floor so you can get at the sink to clean it to begin, so (Perhaps without getting lost in the mist of a bleach fog) that may be a starting point for some.People have used the Don't break the chain method of crossing the days off on a calendar as you keep at the habit.The Tiny Habits Professor is big on celebrating the win of success, and making it a tiny habit to begin with to ensure success..There was more, but those were the pointers I remember. There is plenty of strategies, and words written about this. Some links that may be helpful.michaelhyatt.com/make-a-new-habit-stick.html (I just found this tonight.)flylady.net (though flylady concentrates on the shiny sink, not the washing of dishes. It was a strategy that did work for me years ago.)lifehacker.com/281626/jerry-seinfelds-productivity-secrettinyhabits.com/If you wish to post here to build a better habit then please do, and welcome.Tell us of your progress and successes. The how of your success. I do ask you though, please help build a cheer squad here. A row of dancing bananas or cows or whatever, or a few kind words can do wonders.And try the happy appreciation gratitude thing. That is an experiment for me to try.