Reward yourself for a job well done

January 4, 2021
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

How many of you grew up with a chore chart? Did your mom put stars on it when you completed your chores?

There is great satisfaction in completing a task and getting an immediate reward. With cleaning, it is particularly important to get a quick reward because as we all know, the clean doesn’t last very long.

Although I have the chore chart in the book, I don’t necessarily have it out and put stars next to completed task. Mentally though, I am completing task and giving myself stars on a regular basis. As an example, I do not let myself check emails until I complete certain task in the morning. Later, when I am home from working, I must get through several afternoon chores before I let myself get on social media. This allows me to feel accomplished and do things without guilt.

When my kids were in school and I wanted to go have lunch with a friend or go get my nails done, I made it my mission to get everything I had to do around the house done before I went to have fun. Of course, there will be times when this doesn’t work. But, as a general way to motivate yourself to do what can sometimes seem mundane and pointless, this is a great method to use.

Cleaning is not a hard thing; the battle really is in the way we think about it. Find the Jedi mind trick that works for you!

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at

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