Thursday, January 1, 2009
Affirmations: Puttering in the New Year...
I often self-inflict "honey-do's." A "honey do" is something your significant other asks you to do. "Honey, will you do something for me?" It's usually not a good thing.
Most men avoid these activities like the plague. They seem too much like chores.
But I like getting things done, so I started the year puttering around the house.
Dictionary.com defines Putter: To waste (time) in idling: puttered away the hours in the garden.
But is time in the garden really wasted? No.
I cleaned a few things, oiled a few things, and then tried to fix a lamp. I needed some pliers, but I couldn't get to my workbench: too much clutter in the garage. Four hours later, after much puttering, the garage was beautiful, and I had my pliers.
Nobody nagged me. I just had fun: classic tunes and time in the garage. Sweet.
What's my secret to enjoying household chores? In part, it's because of two of my affirmations, my self-made sweet lies:
My house and cars are well maintained and cared for.
That's a nice affirmation and works well, but it's a bit vague. Another affirmation makes is more specific:
I enjoy spending a half a day a week on household and car chores.
Chores? Puttering? Semantics or setting myself up for success by self-managing my habits via affirmations. Too simple? Well, I guess I'm just a simple guy!
Tomorrow, just for fun, I'll probably cut my roses back to stubs.