Day 3: Set Alarms to Beat Procrastination

31 days to building a cleaning routine
Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine!

Monday I introduced what I’ll be blogging about this month. I also talked about how to figure out what margin time you have available to start your cleaning routine.

Tuesday I showed you my cleaning routine and walked you through how to start your own!

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Day 3 task: Set alarms to tackle tricky tasks

Since I have the most free time in the morning to tackle my cleaning, I decided I needed a good night’s rest and to start early! If I don’t do the cleaning in the morning, or sometimes practically first thing, then it won’t get done.

So, I decided to set a couple of alarms to ensure I will go to bed on time. I’m one of those people whole can’t stop a project easily if I’m not done.

I just used the standard alarm on my smart phone (because I always have it with me):

Alarm 1 (labeled Wash dishes!) – 8pm

I want to stop eating by 8pm so I set the alarm to clean up the kitchen as soon as possible. Again, if I don’t do it early, then I’ll be exhausted by the time I turn into bed and I will end up putting it off until tomorrow.

Alarm 2 (labeled Wrap up projects and head to bed) – 9:30pm

This alarm is successful most of the time. This gives me, at most 30 minutes to wrap up whatever project I’m working on. (Sometimes I dismiss it and ignore it, like tonight *sheepish grin* – I’m writing this post at 10:30pm.)

Alarm 3 (labeled Go to bed) – 10:10pm

If I am heading to bed at this time, then I can get into bed and be asleep by 10:30pm. :) I get up in the morning sometime between 6am and 6:45am – it depends.

This is a pretty simple idea, but it makes such a HUGE difference!!

Where you able to come up with a cleaning routine yesterday?

Tomorrow I’m going to provide a few more tips for sticking with your cleaning routine. See you then!!



  • Rosann

    Great ideas here! Love the concept of this series. Subscribing so I can follow along. :-)
    Rosann recently posted…31 Days to SuperMom {Day 3: Rekindle Your Inner Joy}

    • Betsy Pool

      So glad you are following along Rosann!! I’m going to check out your 31 day series. :)

  • Deborah

    Sometimes a set the timer on my stove for 5 or 10 minutes and see how much cleaning I can get in during that time. Setting it for bedtime is something I should do. I get on my computer at night and often go to bed way to late! Great tip Betsy :)
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    • Betsy Pool

      Thanks Deborah!! Yes, it is really easy to lose track on time on the computer.


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