I told you in my last post that I would share with you what I call the C.O.R.E. method. It is the method I use more than anything else. I am ADD to the bone. I also struggle with other issues, so finding a homemaking method at this point is a life journey for me. There are very few steps to the C.O.R.E. method and none of those steps will be new to you. If they are it will be easy to catch on.
This method is not for those of you who have a schedule all figured out on what needs to be done around the house and when. It is not for you if you already have a planner – home management or otherwise – that is working for you. This method is for people like me. People who let the house slide for a week or more. I have been known to do a load of laundry only after the hubs says he needs clean undies. It may not be pretty but it is who I am. I am amazing at some things. But not this. Homemaking is a struggle. One I am determined to win.
This method is for people who can look around them at this very moment and pick out more than 4 things that need their attention. I can look around right now and see about 50. If you are like me this is for you.
The first step to the C.O.R.E. method is to do a brain dump. I set a timer for 10 minutes and put my pen to paper. My goal is that the pen not leave the paper until the 10 minutes are up. If you struggle to stay focused that long try starting at the 5 minute mark. The first time you do this method I would do it on notebook paper.
Then transfer it to the C.O.R.E. worksheet. You can download it free at the end of this post. The C.O.R.E. worksheet is split into 4 main categories. Clean, Organize, Repair, and Everything else. The categories are pretty self-explanatory. But try to put items where they make sense to you. If your inbox has over 10,000 emails it may make sense for you to put it in the organize category because when you think of that job you think ‘I need to organize this’. For me clean would be my section.
There is no right or wrong way to use it. The system has to work for you or you will do one of two things. You will drop it quickly and not want to pick up another method anytime soon because you tell yourself that you just failed at this one. Or you will try to stick it out causing frustration and not getting the results you want.
Find the Time
Second step is to plan C.O.R.E. sessions into your day. You can do C.O.R.E. every day or skip days. Just like with the brain dump I set my C.O.R.E. sessions at 10 minutes each. You may have a longer attention span than I do but 10 minutes is a time frame that I can consistently succeed at. Bumping up to where I fail at completing the sessions takes away the feeling of accomplishment that I get by completing a session.
Piggyback planning your C.O.R.E. sessions onto another habit. Do you pay bills every Tuesday? Plan C.O.R.E. immediately before or after. By tacking it onto an already established habit you will be able to more easily succeed at planning. Treat your C.O.R.E. sessions the same way.
Maintaining your C.O.R.E. method is easier than the initial set up. I simply put a C.O.R.E. sheet on a clipboard and have it in a very visible spot in my house. That way when I have a random thought I can get it out of my head and be assured that I won’t forget it. Then at my next C.O.R.E. session it is there.
Do you think the C.O.R.E. method is for you?