Never go to bed with dishes in the sink.
– Life’s Little Instruction Calendar Classics
Ever woken up to dirty dishes in the sink? No matter how bad they seemed the night before, they’re worse the morning after. I didn’t need a calendar to tell me this, but I guess I did need one to make me go beyond the literal to the figurative meaning.
To make me think about other tasks that are orders of magnitude easier if I keep up.
Never leave a desk with unsorted paperwork.
Never leave a camera with un-downloaded photos.
To make me consider more broadly what I’m tempted to defer in the moment but can’t actually avoid in the long run.
Never leave an apology unsaid.
Never leave a conflict unresolved.
It’s not a perfect rule, of course. Some applications are self-evidently impractical.
Never leave the basement with unwanted stuff on a shelf.
And even figuratively, the rule can’t be applied to literally everything.
Never leave the garden with weeds in the ground.
No, some tasks are inherently can’t-keep-uppable. For those, I need a different Life’s Little Instruction altogether.
Never give up: Just keep slugging.
Or maybe something even more different . . .
Never be reluctant to ask for help.