The 'Clothespin" Theory by Gamma

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   Posted 12/31/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I was looking for one of the postings of 'The Spoon Theory" and as I read down through one of the threads I found this wonderful idea posted by....<drum roll>....Gamma. I had been trying to think of a way to adapt the Spoon Theory to my life but never was clever enough. I have a huge bag of clothespins so tomorrow out they come and a couple of dozen will go into a basket. I took the liberty of making this a topic of it's own. I hope you don't mind, Gamma. This is wonderful!



Good Day Everybody,

Marlee, I read this story last week on the butyoudon'tlooksick website and it inspired me to adapt it to my own daily routine. I got a basket and filled it with wooden clothespins, took a marker and wrote on each pin 1 chore that I usually do each day and assigned it a number, or point value, 1 for easier chores, 2 for things that are more difficult. As I complete each chore I clip the pin to the side of the basket, I allow myself 12 points each day, so sometimes I have to chose to do this instead of that. My husband has always been very supportive and protective, but when he read the Spoons story I think he finally really got it. Now when he gets home from work the first thing he does, after giving me a kiss, is to check my pins to see how much I may have overdone it for that day. He has since taken over doing all the dishes after dinner, something we used to do together, and askes if there is anything else that I need done. If I say there is something I didn't get done, he does it for me so that I don't have to carry that chore over to the next day. It also helps to keep me from pushing myself farther that I should, I never have known when to call it a day.
When you can actually "see" all that you do during the day it is a lot easier to realize that you're not doing yourself any favors by doing too much. It has been a great visual aid for me.

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