Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I'm Type "A-"

Type A is usually associated with highly driven, highly successful people.  They are focused, they know what they want and they have a plan of how they are going to get it.  They don't let anything stand in their way.

I want all these things too.  I want success in what ever career I am doing (currently that is staying home with my kids, but its still a career).  I want to succeed at whatever I set out to do whether it is an athletic achievement or decorating my house I want to accomplish things in a certain way and within a certain timeframe.  But there's just one problem with that: I'm lazy!  (yeah I know, that's a big surprise!!).  I don't want to work hard for my goals I just want to achieve them.  Kind of like winning the lottery (or it would be if I weren't too lazy to go buy a ticket!!)

In order to capitalize on my laziness I am encouraging my kids (aged 4 & 1) to take on tasks around the house.  (since I don't have any monkey butlers this is as good as its going to get for me!!)  They're not taking on big things, but the little things that they are taking on does give them a sense of accomplishment and control in there environment.  The older one recently got a fancy new laundry hamper with 2 compartments: one for light and one for dark.  He thinks this is the best thing and was so excited about this that he was telling his friends at pre-school about it (win-win, people).  The younger one isn't quite at this stage, but we do make him take his bib, sippy-cup and childsafe cutlery to the table at meal time (ok, so often it ends up on the floor beside the dog - that's just helping build his already strong immune system!).

Don't get me wrong I'm not entirely lazy.  At times in my life I have put in hard work and been driven.  I did get a degree in Engineering after all they don't just give those away.  But now I'm at a stage where I'm just maintaining the status quo and don't feel that it's necessary to put in a lot of extra effort to do so.  So rather than being a "Type A", stress-case personality I'm going to downgrade to "Type A-minus" where I still want it, but not if it requires effort.

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