Dear HouseHoncho

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Dear HouseHoncho,

Thank you for your helpful feedback into my home management skills. They have improved ten-fold since I began receiving your e-mails and reading your daily blog. I’ll get straight to the point. My question for your Wednesday post is this: how do you determine how much you get done in a day? I know you say “3 things make a difference,” but what about the days where there is more to do? Also, you obviously have a lot going on for yourself. You have a good job, you are good at home management, and you keep up a great blog and website. Is there anything you DON’T do?



Dear Libby from Toronto,

You’re welcome for the helpful feedback on your home management skills. I must say, though, that YOU are the reason your skills have improved ten-fold–I am just here to cheer you along the way! I haven’t lifted one finger in your house–that has been you! (Give me an L! Give me an I! Give me a couple B’s followed by a Y!)

While doing 3 things in your home will always make a difference, sometimes there is more to do. (Company’s on its way–your kids have gotten a hold of your pots and pans–you’re cleaning out the closet.) I determine how much I will do based on a to-do list I create at the beginning of a project. Every morning I take 15 minutes to plan my day. When I accomplish my list, I rest. But I don’t rest until my list is finished.

The key to getting things done is recognizing that there will always be work to do–and determining with a realistic focus what can and should be done today–without sacrificing other, more important priorities.

Oh. And I don’t play the tuba.

Keep it simple!

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