In the last article, “Getting Motivated to Clean Part 1”, we shared with you some quotes to stir your mind and get you consciously thinking about house cleaning. The quotes also had humor which was purposefully added. Why? Humor increases mood, let’s kick off round 2 in getting motivated to clean and understand why mood is important.
- Attitude. Go into it with a positive attitude: “this isn’t going to be that bad,” “I’m going to clean even better than I did last time.” Positive attitudes have been shown to increase productivity. Turn on your favorite music to get you dancing and singing. Studies have shown these release favorable chemicals and make you happier.
- Achievement. Think about your end goals. Set realistic goals and know your chances of meeting those goals. You should aim for a 50/50 chance of completing these goals. Set easy goals and you won’t feel motivated to complete them. Set too high goals and you feel the probability of failure is too great (cleaning every nook in the house in an hour). This is known as McClelland’s Theory. So, maybe you set the goal of cleaning just a room or vacuuming the whole house and another day focusing on cleaning the bathrooms. What do you want to accomplish today in cleaning and how much time do you have to achieve that?
3. Positive reinforcement. The Operant Conditioning Theory states that we behave in a way to get something we want or to avoid something we don’t want. When it comes to cleaning, maybe you are going to positively reinforce finishing that cleaning task with a nice long bubble bath in a clean bathroom. Or maybe you will treat yourself once you finish by going out to get an ice cream sundae.
Alright we have done our part in prepping you and teaching you motivational techniques. It is time for you to go get that house cleaned! Happy Cleaning! And of course if your time is more valuable you can hire the pros at White Gloved Maid.
Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. (2013). Organizational behavior (16th ed.). Boston: Pearson.