Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Manage Life Like You Water Plants

Each morning, upon my arrival into the office, I gather my coffee supplies and proceed with brewing a fresh cup of hot java. If you've ever made coffee then you know that it requires a clean pot, coffee grounds, filter, and cold water.

As of late, I've been filling the coffee pot to its maximum capacity, although I only use 4 cups worth of water. Why? Because the other six cups help hydrate my plants.

I first noticed the change last week and realized how healthy my plants had become. Instead of watering them once a week, like I had done for years, my daily watering seemed to have turned my babies around for the better.

This particular morning, I started thinking about how much easier life would be if we managed it like we water plants.

Examples

  • Cleaning House - Instead of cleaning the house on Saturday morning, why not clean as you go throughout the week. For example, when you get out of the shower, wipe the tub before it dries or make your bed as soon as you get up.
  • Paying Bills - When you get a bill in the mail, why not schedule a payment through your bank. The check doesn't have to go out right then, but once you set it...forget it.

Inch By Inch

You know the saying, "Inch by inch anything's a cinch." Like watering the plants each morning, it takes no real extra effort to hydrate them while making coffee. So too then is life. Let's look around our lives to find ways to do a little work each day.

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In the comment section below, I would love to hear your thoughts. What other examples of smaller tasks do you have that make life so much easier?

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