Incentives & Ulterior Motives
The struggles and frustrations of coping with adult ADD are very real. Step into my house, and you will immediately see what I mean. If you took the time to follow the preceding link, you may have read the checklist and thought each of the items fits. That may be true, but in those of us with ADD, the occurrences and severity is magnified tremendously – sometimes to a debilitating degree!
As I came down the stairs this morning to make my coffee, once again I was immediately irritated by the condition of my kitchen. When things have to be cleaned up or moved before I can get to the coffee maker or get the coffee pot under the faucet, it really detracts from my morning beauty. <grin>
So today I shoved everything out of my way and got that coffee started. While the coffee brewed, I unloaded the dishwasher, so I could then unload the sink. I am not without blame by any stretch, and I admit that. Half of the table clutter that I tackled next was mine. I am notorious for piles! I stopped at the table this time, though.
From there, I grabbed my cup of coffee and headed for my laptop to create job lists. There are daily and weekly expectations for everyone, as there should be in every house. These are things that I will not pay them to do. Then there are the job lists, which include amounts paid for each task on the list. There is a list for the kitchen, the lower level (family room & bathroom), and the main level (dining room & living room). There is one amount paid if the tasks are done on Friday or Saturday, and half the amount is paid if the tasks are done on Sunday or later. The hope here is to create an incentive not only to pitch in and help but also to get the work done early in case we have company. I will give them the opportunity to do the work on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday is fair game. If I get to it first, my initials go by the task thereby eliminating the chance for them to earn the money for that task!
The ulterior motive here is for them to realize why I get so cranky when doing housework. I believe this is already working because as the girls started working in the kitchen, I could hear them getting huffy with each other! YES!
I love it when my brain quiets down enough to allow me to get creative like this!