When eating an elephant take one bite at a time-Creighton Abrams
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Not a task for the faint of heart, potty training can certainly be broken down into steps. Now that I'm thinking about it step 1 should probably be "buy carpet cleaner."
So, in no particular order I'm going to brainstorm here about the things I need to do for this to be successful:
- Have on hand lots of cloth training pants (I already have these).
- Have on hand carpet cleaner.
- Have on hand at least 1 potty which Alice will agree to sit on.
- Pick a start date.
- Clear my schedule of most other tasks for at least 2 days (this will include having meals pre-prepared or planning easily prepared meals).
- Reduce amount of work scheduled in evenings so I can get enough sleep.
- Keep Alice in a 1-2 room area for the first few days.
- Recruit my almost 4-year-old, Finn, to assist in demonstrating the awesomeness of using a potty.
- Reread Diaper-Free Before 3.
- Use Elmo's Potty Time as a tool for encouraging compliance.
- Use hourly potty sits until Alice gets the idea.
- Talk to husband about my plan and get him on board (no more diapers means no more diapers!).
Well, I think that's really all you need for successful pottying. I may think of something else but lets try breaking these items up and giving them their own deadlines. I am not setting a strict deadline for my daughter to be potty trained because that doesn't work, and if we give it a go for a few days and there is no cooperation or success I will wait 2 months and try again. That in mind, I can set goal for myself to have some of these things gathered/completed and I can certainly set myself a strict start date (even if deep down I'm kinda dreading this).
Start Date: January 17, 2015
- Discuss potty training with husband ASAP.
- Gather all supplies by start date.
- Edit work schedule to accommodate extra sleep.
- Do my usual Saturday and Sunday chores on Thursday and Friday.
- Prep meals on January 15th and 16th to cover at least January 17th-18th.
- Finish rereading Diaper-Free Before 3 by the evening of January 16th.
- Discuss potty training Alice with Finn the night before.
On January 17th
- Provide lots of fluids (watered down juice) to allow many chances for success!
- Do hourly 5 minute (if possible) potty sits to allow opportunities for successful pottying.
- Provide congratulations when pottying is successful.
- Assist child with cleaning when accidents occur. (I almost wrote if in that sentence... excuse me while I die laughing.)
So that's my example of one way to break down a goal. For me this is a very import process as it stops be from becoming paralyzed by the sheer size of a goal or project that needs to be completed. Potty training my daughter is a huge and intimidating task. Going out and buying carpet cleaner is not. Breaking a goal down like this also reminds me that even if I don't achieve my main goal (especially in this case) that I still accomplished something. I still checked off all those little steps toward my goal. I hope this helps you get one step closer to achieving your goals! Let me know in comments if you have a favorite motivational technique for getting started with a goal.