1. Do them when
you're most alert. Are you a morning person? Don't spend your
mornings on routine activities. Do you function better late at
night? Then turn off the TV and get to work.
2. Do them when
you're alone. You can't do creative work when the kids are
around. You can't even concentrate on a book then. Do your routine
jobs--dishes, bedmaking, vacuuming--when they're up, so you can do
your creative work when they're napping or playing outside.
3. Do them when the opportunity
arises. Your children have gone for the morning to Aunt
Susie's? Don't spend that time dusting. Use it for projects you
can't do when the children are home. Sometimes it's healthy to let
go of the Protestant work ethic and do the things we want to do
when the opportunities present themselves.