I should take the chicken out of the freezer before I forget. But first, I’ll run down and start a load of laundry. Wait – Did I remember to email so-and-so back?
These tasks are so quick and easy that I want to do them all RIGHT NOW. But a couple months ago I figured out that there are two things I should do first every morning because they are my home’s potential obstacles (henceforth referred to as POs because “potential obstacles” isn’t catchy).
This isn’t a philosophical post. Obviously, being Christian, the ultimate PO is to not have a prayer time. Here, I’m talking about 1-minute tasks that compete for our attention. If these two tiny things are not done, they prevent me from staying on top of everything else throughout the day.
My #1 PO is not making the bed. It doesn’t have to look great, it just needs to be a flat clear surface. For some people, the hub of the home – the place where everything happens – is the kitchen island or the dining table. In this apartment, it’s our bed. It’s where we fold laundry, play with Sam, and tackle organizing projects. So if I don’t make it first thing in the morning, we and our stuff end up on a messy pile of blankets and things go missing. Once a phone enters an unmade bed, you may as well skip over to Telus and buy a new one.
My #2 PO is not emptying the dish rack. It’s easy to wash two plates and leave them to air dry. But if the dish rack is full of last night’s stuff, those two plates get plopped down in the sink and go from needing a quick soapy rinse to a senseless war with crusty cheese/tomato sauce/rice cereal.
So those are my POs. What are yours?