Getting the worst done first

I’m the type of person that likes to do what I hate the most first.  I like to get it out of the way.  For some reason, I hate to set the table.  When I worked, I did it before I went to work so when I got home, it was already done. 

Now that I’ve gotten older there are just certain things that really bother me.  I can’t imagine having a sink full of dirty dishes.  I hate the way that looks and I think about it until I do them.  So, for me, I do them as they get dirty, they never pile up.  When I’m done with my coffee for the day, I get it ready for tomorrow.  I go even one step further, I also get my filter ready for the next day.  So I always have coffee ready to go if someone comes over and wants it.

If I’m emptying the dishwasher, instead of putting all the dishes away, I’ll set the table no matter what time it is.  Even at noon!!  I won’t always set it set it but I will put the dishes, silverware and glasses on the table instead of having to get them out later.  When I go to bed at night, I’m completely ready for when I get up.  I have my coffee cup sitting upside down with my spoon on a napkin so all I have to do is POUR THE DELICIOUS start up fuel I need, right-now….right-now!!

I guess what I’m saying is if I can get anything ready ahead of time, that’s what I do.  If I know I have to set my alarm, I set it a day ahead.  I like to know what I’m wearing a week (well, maybe not a week!!!) ahead so I can make sure it’s ready.  I plan meals days in advance.  I don’t wait until my gas gauge says empty, I fill it before it’s empty.  I’m just not good at flying by the seat of my pants and I worry about the little things I have to do so I get them out of the way as soon as I can.

Am I a weirdo????  Is there anyone else out there like me????

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15 Responses to Getting the worst done first

  1. TiredMom says:

    no you aren’t wierd.. LOL.. I however have no routine. Routines do not work well in my family. I wish I were more of a get it done type person but i’m more of a “when we get to it” type person.. There are things i’ll go ahead and get done every day because I know if i dont.. They wont get done .. Or we end up in a situation where we have no towels clean..LOL

  2. Tessa says:

    Wow Joy! First thought, “Perfectionist!” I wish I was like that though. My mom is like that too! It would be nice to always have those little things done! Eric and I are both procrastinators! We do the things we like to do first, the things we hate last! The dishes always end up last.

  3. Tessa says:

    Routine is what we all need though! It makes people feel better when they have it and have things done! When baby comes, that will be our number one goal- to have routine and chores done daily like my mom always had. I think it is so important for kids, but just as important for the sanity of adults!! I do feel chaotic and it drives me crazy to have the house disorganized and things not done. Eric can vouch to that!!
    Someone said once that women are very connected to their homes, and it is so true. When their house is chaotic, they feel that way! When the house is clean and peaceful, I feel that way.

  4. Joy says:

    Tessa, does your mom have a computer? Are you bringing yours? I’d love her to participate here at the blog if she’d enjoy it. Tell her about it.

  5. Tessa says:

    I will tell her about it! She doesn’t have a home computer, so I don’t think she’d want to. She is at the computer at work all day and her eyes are so tired from that! I will show her though if I do bring it. We are leaving on Friday afternoon!! I cannot believe I only have 2 days here to get ready!! The procrastinator in me…! ahhhh

  6. SKL says:

    I am like that sometimes. Especially if I’m nervous that things won’t all get done on a big crunch day. The problem with me is that I get my “third wind” late at night and then I keep doing these detail things until the wee hours of the morning. So my efforts to make the morning more efficient end up making it extremely hard to wake up early and be productive. It’s the curse of being a night person.

    I am also a “less is more” person. I am very sensitive to clutter (though you couldn’t tell by looking around me lately). I’m very distractable so if I need to really focus on complex work, I need things to be organized – unless it’s so urgent that my mind switches to “emergency” mode and I am able to tune out what’s around me.

    My “less is more” approach means I don’t let dishes pile up for me and the kids. I wash each one as soon as it is empty. I only use one of each utensil for each kid, so I have to wash it between meals even if I don’t feel like it. I use the same pots every time I cook and I wash them as soon as possible after the food gets transferred to the plate / storage dish (that’s a lot easier than waiting, trust me!). Stuff like that. I think it would really make me crazy if I was piling stuff up all day – with two 1.5-year-olds there can be an amazing amount of shrapnel. The nice thing is that the girls are getting the idea from watching me, and they also try to “pick up.” This is another reason to have only one sippy cup for each, now that they think leftover milk is to be stored in the cupboard . . . .

    Normally I would hang up my clothes as soon as I take them off, make my bed when I wake up, wipe off the sink after using it, etc., etc. That is the normal me that has been on sabbatical since my kids got home and my “to do” list about doubled (not just due to child care but adoption-related tasks, switching jobs, etc.). The nice thing about the way I “was” is that I’d never have to straighten up as a separate step (except as a backup for the others who live here and aren’t as neat). And I’d never be running around saying “where are my brown shoes? Where are my keys?” when I’m in a hurry to get somewhere. I desperately miss the old me and hope she comes back soon!

  7. nikki says:

    Om my!! I’ve turned into my mother in law!!LOL But I think that’s a good thing. It’s probably because Jason grew up with things that way and I’ve been around this family for ages it seems like. Actually June 13th will be 10 years!! So I think I’m more like Joy then my own mom. The coffee thing made me laugh out loud because I’ve see it first hand. I do the coffee thing, the clothes the night before, backpacks, everything’s ready for the next day. It makes the mornings go so much smoother. I wish however I could stay on top of the dishes and laundry, NEVER ENDING!!! I try but with kids and animals, sometimes I just say screw it and let them go. But not for long because it’ll drive me bonkers. I can’t relax at the end of the day if everything is not in it’s right place. I have to say though, Joy your hair routine is the funniest!!

  8. Joy says:

    What hair routine?? I didn’t know I had that one!!!!

  9. nikki says:

    you have to do your hair in stages!! I always thought that was funny. It takes you forever. But like you said you give yourself enough time for all that.

  10. Sue says:

    You do do your hair in stages!!!!! And you allow for that, but that always made me laugh too!

  11. amberfireinus says:

    You know… I think that is simply working smart. It takes less effort if you already have something in your hand to just wash it up and make it ready for the next thing.

    Im sure being a mother you had to learn to multi-task and take short cuts so that you could get everything done. I admire your discipline. Some would leave those jobs that they dont like to others or simply leave them undone.

  12. Tessa says:

    Eric remembers your hair in stages Joy lol

  13. Joy says:

    Okay you guys, now I’m feeling picked on!!! LOL!!!

  14. Jane says:

    Joy, it sounds like everyone has you figured out!! LOL!!!

    I’m like this also. I have to get up at 5 AM and if my coffee wasn’t set and ready when I made that journey downstairs, I couldn’t survive. I also like to do as much ahead of time that I possibly can. That way you can sit and relax when you have a free minute without worrying about X-X and X and I would dwell on it. I do our lunches at night, cook on the weekends or slow farm days for the same reasons, that I can enjoy downtime more.

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