FlyLady refers to Pam and Peggy as her mentors and inspiration. Marla first created an email group first on e-Groups , then Yahoo! Groups , then published her website, Flylady. The system encourages "baby steps" to develop routines and habits to organize and maintain your home. Key points in the FlyLady system include: Babysteps and Routines New recruits to the FlyLady system are called "Flybabies" and are introduced to "babysteps" - a series of 31 small daily tasks which introduce and then reinforce aspects of cleaning and decluttering, building up to creating personalized routines for morning, afternoon and evening.

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People who lose track of time, or have no concept of time to begin with. People with good intentions and great enthusiasm but little follow-through. People who chronically procrastinate, can be extremely organized in some ways but suck at housekeeping, and are never on time. I used to think that name was "loser". Or "lazy bum", or "complete failure as a mother". Now I know better. I found this book on the Staff Picks shelf at the library.

Not that I live in a pigpen. I hate clutter, and yet I live amid it constantly. As I read this book, I nodded vigorously at several sections. I was a secretary for years, and I loved the job. I loved the order. And while I often lack motivation or self-discipline in certain areas, I will spend hours working at things I really enjoy and care about.

I have always always always kept a balanced checkbook, to the penny. I read the following paragraph, and the light dawned with such brilliance that I wanted to kiss the authors: "A Sidetracked Home Executive S. What she does lack is direction. She has very little awareness of time, and neither had we. Or what I could do about it. Because, as the authors of this book point out, the people who try to teach others how to be organized are, themselves, organized.

Born organized. But these ladies are self-proclaimed reformed slobs. They get it. They understand that some of us are housework-challenged, and they have a way to help us through it. After all, you still have to implement it. It involves a LOT of 3x5 cards and dividers and color coding, and it all sounds very complicated and very dated.

But the latest edition was published in , and contains instructions on using the computer to stay organized. I wondered why they even bothered to keep the old card file system in the book when they updated it, but the more I read, the more I felt that I was one of those people who might benefit from the cards. They just seem to work better for me. A card file would have a similar effect. It would be right where I needed it, and the physical act of writing in it would cement it in my mind.

The mass of the cards would give me a more concrete idea of what I need to accomplish. It would be a more physically effective tool than random data in a computer. Plus, I get sidetracked by the computer. A card file, well away from any electronics, would solve that problem, too. So I think I might try it. Just on a small scale. All I have to lose is a box of 3x5 cards and a couple of hours.


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