A few days ago I came across this video about how much life goes better if you don't put off the little chores that you know you need to do. For example, you're going to have to wash your dishes eventually, so why look at them stacked up in the sink all day when you can just do them as soon as you notice they need to be taken care of? Why not deal with and file away each new email as it arrives, rather than letting them pile up in your inbox? The catch phrase (and title) of the video is "Do It Now."
I remembered my mom had a similar saying that she was told growing up on the farm: "Never walk past a weed." That seems more poetic to me, plus it reminds me of my heritage, so naturally I've adopted it as my New Life Plan.
Here's the problem, though: You would not BELIEVE how many weeds are in my house. The first day I tried this, I barely made it out of the bedroom. The kitchen is a minefield of things that need to be cleaned, and especially cooked—yesterday I came home from yoga and got stuck in there for two hours. My office was such a mess of weeds that I enlisted M.H. and Dex on Friday to help me empty it out completely, purge it, clean it, rearrange the furniture, and redecorate it. (The 15-minutes-at-a-time file reorganization continues, however.) I had to deliberately walk past four or five weeds just to get up here and blog sometime this century.
I guess things will get easier as the weed problem gets gradually dealt with. In the meantime, I'm really delighted with my office. It's a little garden of tranquility and productivity right now.