Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sticker Charts - for Homemakers?

It was a crazy idea but I decided to try. Tofugu is my primary resource for learning Japanese. One day, Koichi posted about "Using 'Jerry Seinfeld’s Secret To Productivity' To Learn Kanji." This strategy involves a calendar and a goal. It's a great idea for learning kanji.

Well, I thought about using this idea for homemaking. Having a clean kitchen is so nice! Unfortunately, most nights I feel lazy and just leave the dishes until breakfast. It's not fun waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes.

First - I set a goal: to wash, dry, and put away all the dishes before going to bed.
Second - I printed out the nice calendar that Koichi so kindly provided.
Third - I bought a set of really cute stickers from Walmart.
Fourth - I started trying to create a streak!

It's motivating to see a solid line of stickers! If I skip washing the dishes one night, I have to break the chain. Some nights I'm motivated to do dishes only because I want my sticker. Other nights, I'm motivated simply by having a clean kitchen. My chart currently has a streak of 35 days of clean dishes. Whatever works!

Do you think this method would work for you? How else can it be applied?

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Anggara said...

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Anonymous said...

This would probably work well for me but I am too lazy to bother printing and finding stickers - though I seem to recall doing something similar and putting stickers on my calendar at some point in the past - what for I don't remember. However my kitchen is currently clean and tidy, but that's mainly because I needed to bleach 5 out of the 6 chef Jackets and 2 out of 3 aprons that I washed for hubby yesterday, so I needed the sink to be empty and clean. - I am otherwise lazy about putting the dishes away after washing them up.

Cassandra said...

I hear you on being too lazy to print and find the stickers! ;) I just added them to my shopping list one day when I went to Walmart. I was lucky and found 100 stickers for $1. I figured that was a good investment for a clean kitchen.

Yay for you having an empty and clean sink!

Anonymous said...

I have found that I love to have motivation like this! I tried this about a month ago with another household chore I was lazy about completing and it has worked! I just used my calender I see everyday in my kitchen to help me.I just wrote a heart in the corner of every day I completed it. and it was enough to get me to finish the task in order to have a long streak!
Great idea I my just print a list out.

Annette W. said...

I think I'd need additional motivation...a big reward. I AM lazy!

Thank you that I am not the only one to leave dishes for the next day. I also leave toys on the floor all night...laundry in baskets...I'm bad!

However, I find that as long as I wash the dishes directly after dinner and don't wait, I do wash them. I don't worry about bedtime snack dishes though as long as they are in the sink/counter.