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3 Ways to Organize Sharehouse Cleaning Jobs

3 Ways to Organize Sharehouse Cleaning Jobs

When you are sharing a house the hardest thing to do is get the place clean and tidy on a regular basis. Many systems have been put in place to make sure each person does their part, but not many last.

The key, I think, is to find a solution that suits the personalities of your housemates. So in regards to household chores, here is a list that might help.

3 Ways to Organize Sharehouse Cleaning Jobs

    1.

    Method: Bit By Bit

    Personality: The more productive, yet messy individual.

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    This method requires the most amount of initiative, where a mess is made it is cleaned up immediately. If a dish is used, it is cleaned and packed away.

    Although this works best for the smaller jobs around the house, bigger chores like cleaning the shower etc may require separate method.

    2.

    Method: A Job For Each Person

    Personality: Organized and job orientated people.

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    Here we have the house split to carry out different jobs. This method works well with Method #1 to ensure those bigger jobs that don’t need to be carried out every day get done.

    Creating a list of these kinds of chores and running a rotating roster for each job works best. Choose days that fit to each individual’s schedule.

    3.

    Method: Once A Week Free For All

    Personality: Party-goers who are busy during the week.

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    Sometimes it is just impractical to get some jobs done during the week. People have full-time jobs and have no energy to carry out chores when they get home. Once more, when there is some free time, ie. Friday night, it will result in headaches and hangovers.

    Generally on a Saturday afternoon, the house will want to relax and veg out. This method requires the house to come together and clean up the place in their post-party stupors. The reason this works is because while conversation is low, a steady cleaning pace can be carried out.

    The benefit being when things are done, all housemates can relax without the guilt of having done nothing the entire day. The right to veg has been earned.

    Putting Them Together

    For these methods to really ‘shine’, it is best to include all three in your household’s cleaning regimen.

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    Method #1 keeps problem areas from being neglected and building up to daunting proportions – most notably dishes.

    Method #2 ensures the less liked chores get done. Keeping the load spread by rotating responsibilities for each keeps everyone happy.

    Method #3 can be the backup. Although some houses can run entirely using this manner of shared cleaning, relying on all the duties being done during this time can be troublesome. Use it to keep everything in sorted that gets put out of order during the week, or the night before.

    Insisting that everyone get things done the way you do can cause problems. Accommodating everyone’s different lifestyles and ways of working will make sure the jobs are done without too much resistance.

    Otherwise, you could always resort to Method #4, which is chipping in $10-15 each week to hire a cleaner. Any other simple methods keeping your shared space tidy?

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    Last Updated on April 8, 2019

    22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    Unless you’re infinitely rich or prepared to rack up major debt, you need to budget your income. Setting limits on how much you are willing to spend helps control expenses. But what about your time? Do you budget your time or spend it carelessly?

    Deadlines are the chronological equivalent of a budget. By setting aside a portion of time to complete a task, goal or project in advance you avoid over-spending. Deadlines can be helpful but they can also be a source of frustration if set improperly. Here are some tips for making deadlines work:

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    1. Use Parkinson’s Law – Parkinson’s Law states that tasks expand to fill the time given to them. By setting a strict deadline in advance you can cut off this expansion and focus on what is most important.
    2. Timebox – Set small deadlines of 60-90 minutes to work on a specific task. After the time is up you finish. This cuts procrastinating and forces you to use your time wisely.
    3. 80/20 – The Pareto Principle suggests that 80% of the value is contained in 20% of the input. Apply this rule to projects to focus on that critical 20% first and fill out the other 80% if you still have time.
    4. Project VS Deadline – The more flexible your project, the stricter your deadline. If a task has relatively little flexibility in completion a softer deadline will keep you sane. If the task can grow easily, keep a tight deadline to prevent waste.
    5. Break it Down – Any deadline over one day should be broken down into smaller units. Long deadlines fail to motivate if they aren’t applied to manageable units.
    6. Hofstadter’s Law – Basically this law states that it always takes longer than you think. A rule I’ve heard in software development is to double the time you think you need. Then add six months. Be patient and give yourself ample time for complex projects.
    7. Backwards Planning – Set the deadline first and then decide how you will achieve it. This approach is great when choices are abundant and projects could go on indefinitely.
    8. Prototype – If you are attempting something new, test out smaller versions of a project to help you decide on a final deadline. Write a 10 page e-book before your 300 page novel or try to increase your income by 10% before aiming to double it.
    9. Find the Weak Link – Figure out what could ruin your plans and accomplish it first. Knowing the unknown can help you format your deadlines.
    10. No Robot Deadlines – Robots can work without sleep, relaxation or distractions. You aren’t a robot. Don’t schedule your deadline with the expectation you can work sixteen hour days to complete it. Deathmarches aren’t healthy.
    11. Get Feedback – Get a realistic picture from people working with you. Giving impossible deadlines to contractors or employees will only build resentment.
    12. Continuous Planning – If you use a backwards planning model, you need to constantly be updating plans to fit your deadline. This means making cuts, additions or refinements so the project will fit into the expected timeframe.
    13. Mark Excess Baggage – Identify areas of a task or project that will be ignored if time grows short. What e-mails will you have to delete if it takes too long to empty your inbox? What features will your product lack if you need a rapid finish?
    14. Review – For deadlines over a month long take a weekly review to track your progress. This will help you identify methods you can use to speed up work and help you plan more efficiently for the future.
    15. Find Shortcuts – Almost any task or project has shortcuts you can use to save time. Is there a premade library you can use instead of building your own functions? An autoresponder to answer similar e-mails? An expert you can call to help solve a problem?
    16. Churn then Polish – Set a strict deadline for basic completion and then set a more comfortable deadline to enhance and polish afterwards. Often churning out the basics of a task quickly will require no more polishing afterwards than doing it slowly.
    17. Reminders – Post reminders of your deadlines everywhere. Creating a sense of urgency with your deadlines is necessary to keep them from getting pushed aside by distractions.
    18. Forward Planning – Not mutually exclusive with backwards planning, this involves planning the details of a project out before setting a deadline. Great for achieving clarity about what you are trying to accomplish before making arbitrary time limits.
    19. Set a Timer – Get one that beeps. Somehow the countdown of a timer appears more realistic for a ninety minute timebox than just glancing at your clock.
    20. Write them Down – Any deadline over a few hours needs to be written down. Otherwise it is an inclination not a goal. Having written deadlines makes them more tangible than internal decisions alone.
    21. Cheap/Fast/Good – Ben Casnocha in My Start Up Life mentions that you can have only have two of the three. Pick two of the cheap/fast/good dimensions before starting a project to help you prioritize.
    22. Be Patient – Using a deadline may seem to be the complete opposite of patience. But being patient with inflexible tasks is necessary to focus on their completion. The paradox is that the more patient you are, the more you can focus. The more you can focus the quicker the results will come!

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