Self-Care Challenge (Day 332): Doing Chores (Early)

A stack of folded towels

On day 332 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I got my chores done early.

I prefer to get my least favorite tasks done early in the day. Whether it’s a weekday or the weekend, I work at a fast pace to get the obligatory chores checked off my list first, so I have more time to work on tasks that I am passionate about.

As an early riser (4:30 a.m. on most days), I begin my morning with a cup of coffee, a series of readings, journaling, and a quick mapping out of my day (my morning ritual). But before I jump on the treadmill (to make sure I work in at least 60 minutes of physical activity before the crazy day derails me), I like to tackle a few chores: unload the dishwasher, make the bed, fold laundry, vacuum, take out the trash — you get the picture.

Those less-than-glamorous-but-need-to-get-done tasks can be a real pain in the rear, which is why I like to get them done early, so they aren’t haunting me when I’m exhausted at the end of the day.

I know there are differing philosophies on this. Some have suggested that it’s better to tackle our most challenging tasks first. But let’s be honest, who am I going to call at 4 a.m.? Some tasks are just better suited for the start of the normal business day.

And as I consider what refills my cup, those activities that I purposely include in my self-care practice, I realized that ticking these little nagging chores off my list also clears my head. It allows my creative mind to jump into a project without the nagging feeling that I have chores to do.

Plus, knowing that I’ve accomplished a handful of tasks before 8 a.m. rolls around certainly doesn’t hurt. It gives me a mood boost that helps builds momentum and excitement for accomplishing other goals.

When is your optimal time for completing tasks that you don’t particularly love?

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