Fly Baby, Fly!

A friend introduced me to the FlyLady last week. Because good friends do that.

The FlyLady and I are slowly getting acquainted. My kiddos keep interrupting our conversation, but we're bound to be the best of friends before too long.

Who's the FlyLady you ask? Allow me to make the introductions.

FLY = Finally Loving Yourself

I like the sound of that.

She sends about a bazillion emails every day, but each one ends with: "You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?"

She must read my blog or at least did yesterday. Check out this email she sent this week:

Dear Friends,

Why is it that we always need a starting point to begin to change our
lives? You know how it is; On Monday I will start a new diet, quit
smoking, start exercising or become a FLY Baby. Some of us wait till
January 1st to begin a life change. If it is such a good idea then
why do we need to wait for some other time to begin???

What is wrong with the Do it Now Principle? DING! I have
preached for years that you are not behind and you can jump in
anytime. Some days I have been known to start over in the middle of
the afternoon.

Here is what I do:

Let's say for some reason I am having trouble getting my day started
and it is 2:00 pm.

1. I go look at my bed and if it is not made I make it. There are
days when I have to jump up and get the phone that seems to start me
off on the wrong foot. So I just pretend to be getting out of bed for
the first time.

2. Then I pick out some more clothes to put on. Because what I am
wearing isn't energizing me. I must have gotten dressed fast.

3. Then I go get into the bathtub. A good soak helps me to focus

4. Then I get out of tub and get dressed. As I am dressing, I swish
and swipe the bathroom. (wipe down the counter, put things away and
swish the toilet bowl with a brush)

5. I put on my lace up shoes then I get out my Control Journal and
start down my list to see what I have left out. Most of the time I
have forgotten to eat all day and drink my water. So I make sure I
eat something and drink some water.

6. At this point, I use my timer, because my home has probably gotten
more than 15 minutes worth of messy and it is time to attack my

7. I work for 15 minutes and then I rest for 15 minutes. After about
an hour of this my home is back in shape and I am feeling better
about me.

So do you see just how easy it is to start over with your day! You
don't have to beat yourself up or go hide under the covers: All you
have to do is start your Morning Routine over again. Don't look at it
as if you are behind! Just jump in and get started.

Are you ready to Jump in and get started today?


P.S. No more excuses; Now set your timer! DING!!!



Wonder Woman said...

A friend mentioned FLY lady to me a few years ago, but for some reason I didn't stick with it. I think I added the site to my reader, not realizing that that was what I was supposed to do.

I think I'm gonna head over there, because I love this e-mail.

shortmama said...

I adore FlyLady...it keeps me sane to have something regular to do!

Carrie said...

I did it a few years ago but the constant emails drove me crazy and stressed me out. I do like so much of her attitude though. One thing I have always done since I saw it on her list is SHINE YOUR SINK. Every night I make sure my sink is clean and it make the morning so much better;) Maybe if I was a stay-at-home mom I could do more of her scheduling;)

MiMi said...

I'm definitely going to have to go check her out!
This is perfect for you; the all or nothing gal.

Myya said...

I joined, then I got a million emails, so I adjusted my settings to not get any emails. I am waiting for Spring Break to be over & get back into routine again. Man is my house a DISASTER because I haven't been home pretty much all week. My poor hubby has to come home to this after working so much... Wife fail!

Sami said...

I found FlyLady a month or so before I had Bubble, and now I feel like a loser for not telling you about her sooner.
Bad friend!
I'm glad someone was good enough to let you in on the secret, though!
I love me some FlyLady!


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