Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Skill of Doing Quotidian Work
Have you considered that it is a skill to do the same tasks every day, successfully and without complaining? Yes, a skill.
I have tasks that belong to each day, and when these tasks are done, I stop working and count any work beyond that a bonus. As you know, housework is endless and cyclical - it could drive me mad if I took housework on in its entirety every day.
Monday: laundry; work at desk to pay bills and organize calendar; clean bathroom
Tuesday: laundry; market; vacuum obvious dirt
Wednesday: laundry; zone cleaning
Thursday: laundry; sewing or cooking projects
Friday: laundry; sparkle and shine cleaning
Saturday: wash sheets and change bedding; yard work, porch cleaning
(I'm planning to go into detail about these weekly tasks in another post)
Sometimes I sing while I work or listen to music.
Often I talk on the phone and the work just flies.
I tell myself that I am the homemaker and these tasks are making our home.
I was raised to do any work as "unto the Lord," so the mindset is that all work, no matter how humble or repetitious, can be done to the glory of God.
I try to include the children when I have the patience, and then I take satisfaction from preparing them for life.
In general, I am proud of my housework and my home; there is dignity in well-done, purposeful work.
I do feel the satisfaction of a job well-done. Sometimes I stand back and admire the progress or the results.
Sometimes I pretend that the queen is coming to visit and I'm getting the house ready for her (please tell me you have little plays like that in your head too).
How do you get your repetitious work accomplished, whether it's housework or paid work?