Hey girl hey. And boy.
About two months ago, I made a post called ‘Why I Started Loving Chores‘ and I came up with ten reasons buuut the post was getting lengthy so I thought I’d do a part 2. If you haven’t read part one, make sure to do that first. I’ll wait. 🕰️
Still waiting. 🕰️🕰️
Okay moving on. 😂 Along with the rest of the 5 reasons, I thought I’d do quick tricks on getting into a productive mindset and I’m not some productivity youtuber or anything like that so my ideas literally mention wearing flip flops buuut I’ll do some research to give you more ideas at the end. Okay that was definitely a run-on sentence, so before my English teacher sues me, here are 5 more reasons to love chores! 😂
P.S. I’m going to write a whole other post on productivity but these are just some things I do that instantly put me in a productive mood no matter how demotivated I am.
6. Feeling present in my family
Before doing chores, I would just spend a lot of time in my room on electronics and missed out on so much that went on like my baby brother growing up and talking to my mom more often. And when I’d go to eat, no peep would be heard from me. I was always grateful for my family but I never really present and was just revolved around my friends. My mom and I had so many arguments because I’d want to invite friends over or take her with me and then I wouldn’t assist her at all with cleaning and making food. But ever since I started doing chores, I felt like I’m seeing my family more often, feeling more present at the dinner table and just felt like my family were truly my rock. So if you ever feel like you can’t really connect with your parents, definitely try being more involved in the house.
7. Working my subconscious
Whenever I clean, I used to listen to music because I was a bit too focused on cleaning or the sound of the water was too loud to focus on something like a podcast or Quran recitation. But recently, I started just putting Quran recitation on and I noticed that although I wasn’t fully attentive, my subconscious would catch on to rhythms of the reciter and I’d find that it would be soo much easier to memorize later. And honestly ever since I heard of what music can do to your subconscious, I’m like that’s it I’m going to try something else. 👋 So if you ever need to memorize a speech or even learn a new language, your subconscious will become more familiar with it and it’ll be easier to retain.
8. Feeling like “I CAN”
I used to always tell myself that I couldn’t do chores like washing the dishes and cleaning bathrooms. And then I realized that the only thing restricting me from LEARNING is just my lack of presence. So soon, I started watching my mom cleaning and cooking and I realized that it truly isn’t rocket science. Everything comes with practice and now that I know I could clean better, (cooking is slow but moving) I feel like I can do anything else I want to learn if I put effort into it. Who knew chores could be empowering?
I never realized the importance of water in EVERYTHING until I started chores. Dishes? Water. Laundry? Water. Tables? Water. Cooking? Water. Like dang I feel so grateful for water and I think about all the people who don’t have it running from the tap like we do. I started feeling more grateful for clothes, electricity, my family, food and just so much that I never really paid attention to. I was listening to this lecture one time and this teacher was talking about how service to your mother is one of the greatest things you can do… if you have a mother. And I never realized how many people don’t have their mothers. So honestly, chores have definitely been a mindset changer.
10. Taking Responsibility
I once read this story about how this kid started helping with chores around the house to reduce his parent’s arguing. And although chores can’t come in the way of a relationship not working out, the story had an interesting question:
why do we act like we’re guests in our own home?
And that’s honestly so true. For so long, I just never helped out because I felt I wanted to just do what I want and deal with it when I’m older but responsibility starts now. I used to think I was so mature just because I got good grades at school but maturity is not that at all. Maturity starts the day you take responsibility.
Oookay so now that we’re done with some more reasons, I want to share a few things I do that make me feel productive INSTANTLY and result in my motivation to clean more.
- Wearing flip flops – Don’t ask. I’m not sure what this does but when the flip flops are on, I’m moving around the house like a cheetah.
- Braid your hair – When my hair is braided, I feel like my strands of chaos are being braided and organized too. Don’t judge. Plus, it gets your hair out of the way.
- Take a walk – I mentioned this in my last wrapper post but we seriously need to observe God’s creation because there is just so many insights on life you can get just by taking a walk. The fresh air helps clear my mind and when I see baby animals, my mood instantly goes from 0 to 100.
- Make a smoothie – Now obviously if you’re full, this doesn’t really work but blending a few fruits with some milk can literally make all the difference, at least for me. I also like drinking cold milk with dates – it’s the most refreshing thing ever! But yeah any refreshing food like cold water, watermelon, cucumber…etc can improve your productivity.
- Take a shower – Showers just help me reset overall. If I don’t have time for a shower at the moment, I’d just make wudu which I kind of explained in this post. If you workout before the shower, it’s even better!
Is planting possible in the shower?!
I think that’s about all for my instant productivity tips – the rest I will have to save for my productivity post next week and some of those are instant too but they’re more habitual so stay tuned for that.
Anddd that’s all for today.
Do you love chores?
Do you relate to any of these reasons?
Any instant productivity tips?
I’ll see you in my next post.