The 21 Day Spring Clean Challenge starts next week and I’m really looking forward to it. Not only because I have a wonderful group of people joining me (yay!), but because my house really is in need of a good spring clean.
My personal goal in this challenge is to develop a habit that goes beyond 21 days. It’s to create a habit of cleaning a little every day. My house has got a bit out of control these past few weeks and cleaning it has turned into a ghastly one hour commitment. I know that if I can just get into the habit of doing a little every day, keeping my house in order won’t be a big deal.
For every habit that I’ve cultivated I go through three stages before I actually do it: I think about what I want to do and why I want to do it (done), I decide to do it (done and done), and then I start planning how I’m actually going to do it.
The formula for cultivating a habit is pretty simple. Essentially there’s a trigger, an activity, and a reward. And for it to be extra powerful, there’s an underlying craving or anticipation. This is called the habit loop.
I want to be successful in this challenge (obviously) and I want those who are participating in it to be successful too. So I’ve designed it around this formula Here’s what it’s going to look like:
First thing every morning, beginning April 1st, I will post on the 21 Day Spring Clean Challenge Facebook event page telling you exactly what you need to do. You probably won’t do it right away. I know I won’t. Instead this serves as a means to get you thinking about it, hopefully anticipating it (yes! can’t wait to clean my fridge kind of thing haha).
A trigger is simply the thing you do right before you do the activity. The trigger is up to you. It’s best if you schedule to do the activity right after something you’re already doing. So for me, it will be as soon as I get home from work. Maybe for you it will be as soon as the kids go to bed.
Here you actually do it. Start with doing the bare minimum task (I will tell you exactly what that would be). You may stop there, or you might find that once you get started you’ll get on a roll and keep going with the more ambitious task (I’ll also tell you exactly what that would be). Oh, and put on some music! Have fun with it!
The fact that you’ve made something sparkle might be enough of a reward, but if not there’s posting on the Facebook event page. This works well for me based on my experiences with this blog. Posting will give me the satisfaction of doing it and allow me to share my success with all of you.
So basically, you check the Facebook page in the morning to see your daily task. You think about doing it. You start doing it right after something you’re already doing every day. You do it for 10 minutes. Maybe longer. Then you admire your work and post your success on the Facebook page. Every time you post your name is entered into a draw to win an awesome thing.
If you miss a day, don’t sweat it. Do what you can! But if you do find you’re tired, or miss it because you just don’t want to do it (I gotta warn you, not all of the challenges will be sexy!), just remind yourself that you only have to do the bare minimum and that it will only take 10 minutes. Getting started is the hard part. And remember, I’m there with you!
And if that’s not enough to motivate you, remember that there’s a prize to be won at the end of all this!
I know I may not have actually sold it here by going into the nitty gritty, but I promise, it will be fun! Oh and it’s won’t all be cleaning – we’ll be doing some spring cleaning for your life too! We have such a great community forming and I can’t wait to get started!