For the most part, no one really enjoys doing chores around the house. They can take a long time, require a lot of energy, and you’ll just end up having to do them again in a few days. If you tend to delay doing your chores, you are hardly alone. To help you understand why household chores can be so difficult, we’ve explained some of the primary reasons below.

You’re Tired of Making Decisions

Have you ever noticed that your self-control goes out the window later in the day? Maybe you skip going to the gym or decide to binge on some junk food right before bed. Doing chores is on the list of things that are hard to do when your brain is exhausted. All day long, you make decisions—both tiny and enormous—but your brain can only handle so much. To combat this, try to finish some of your chores earlier in the day when your brain has a little more willpower.

The Chores Keep Piling Up

If you put off doing your chores one week, they won’t just magically go away. Household chores can be difficult if you allow them to snowball. If you need to organize your closet, for instance, the task will only get more difficult the longer you go without doing it. If your chores have already piled up, tackling them can seem like an insurmountable task. Remember that you don’t need to finish your chores all in one day; choose one that you’ll focus on entirely, or do a little bit of everything each day to catch up.

There’s No Effective Schedule

Just like most things we know we should do, chores need to have a dedicated place on your calendar every day or week. Without a scheduled time to do housework, you’ll find plenty of reasons to put it off until later. Your brain needs to know that, during a specific time, it should focus solely on are the chores that need doing. Try to make the scheduled time during a period where you will have nothing else to do so you won’t have anything that could shift your focus away from your tasks.

You Let Guilt Take Over

Something as inconsequential as letting your chores get away from you should not change how you feel about yourself. Unfortunately, this is a much too common occurrence. Rather than buckling down and doing the work, you might berate yourself for not having done the job earlier. You might have a vision in your head of the tidy person you want to be but feel guilty that it’s not who you currently are. Give yourself some slack, and realize that you don’t need to be perfect to improve your situation.

 

Authored by Inspire Your Journey