Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Mad for Ads!

I have just learned to love TV ads (or commercials)!  Am I nuts? Let me clarify–I have learned to take advantage of the time for TV ads. Let me explain.

A basic 1 hour TV show will have a 42 minute program. That means there are 18 minutes of ads. And that time can be used to accomplish something — anything — besides watching an ad telling you to get your Viagra going (sheesh).

Since I do indeed enjoy watching my favorite TV shows, it is hard to miss pieces of a show. But by using the ad time to jump up and speed through a task, I feel like I am killing 2 birds with 1 stone. Here’s what I have discovered I can do during a commercial break:

  • Put dishes in the dishwasher
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Dust a single room
  • Vacuum a single room
  • Clean the litter box
  • Throw a load of laundry in
  • Put away folded clean laundry
  • Separate mail into good, bad, and ugly
  • Clean the bathroom sink and toilet
  • Gather up newspapers for recycling
  • And so on and so on.

I spent Friday night and some of Saturday doing this work on ads plan and actually got a lot done. And the best part (or at least the part that made me feel good because I didn’t give anything up), is that I still got to watch a marathon of the TV series,  The Glades.

And I was so relaxed that I was up and outside at 6:30 this morning doing the last of the flower/shrub planting.  I also drug out the hoses and got them all hooked up. And the sprinkler system is now on and working correctly. I washed the outdoor chairs and put up the canopy on the back deck.

Now I’m tired!  But feeling good about the activity during TV commercial breaks. We’ll see how long that strategy lasts. Probably until the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up.”

Pajama Diaries by Terri Libenson

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Comments on: "Mad for Ads!" (1)

  1. Great idea! Don’t lock yourself into a “must do it perfectly forever on every commercial break” idea. It’s a skill you build, and learning always goes through the phases of
    1. Enthusiastic adopter
    2. Losing enthusiasm due to making mistakes or your old nature comes through
    3. Decision point: either keep the good habit or abandon it.

    What works great for me is to follow the Flylady principle of 15 minutes at a time. Even when I’ve gone away from it for a few months, I pick it up again without recriminations. You should see how clean my kitchen sink is.

    Never, ever, ever give up.

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