Many of the most annoying events of daily life can be avoided if we take steps in the first place to keep things in order. Here are just a few examples of situations that become nagging pains in the neck and troublesome tasks:
- Hundreds or thousands of emails piled up on our computers.
- Password frustration from not recording or keeping track of 2 zillion passwords.
- Not paying attention to bill due dates and getting charged late fees.
- Postponing urgent tasks until the last minute when it is too late to remedy situations appropriately.
- Avoiding fixing leaky faucets, broken light fixtures, sagging hinges, and countless other little annoyances around the house.
- Not paying attention to your car and ending up with a flat tire, a stalled engine, and a tow truck.
- Postponing necessary doctor's visits so that your life gets complicated from something that might have been avoided in the first place.
- If you are a student, cramming all night before exams because you were too lazy to study ahead of time.
- Avoiding making amends or apologies and letting personal relationships fester.
- Clogging your mind with garbage. You know what I mean. Avoid time wasters and enjoy mental happiness.
- Leaving papers and mail lying around instead of taking care of stuff in the first place and thus avoiding nasty clean up and sorting out chores.
- Quit being late for everything. Try being 5 minutes early and see how much stress that relieves.
- Simplify your life.
- Quit buying so much stuff that you may use only once or twice or not at all and then have to store, insure, take care of, repair, and otherwise waste a whole bunch of time looking after.
- Follow basic health rules for eating, exercise, sleep, medications, and daily routines to save yourself possible grief and misery and unexpected doctor and dentist visits.
So what have I left out? Surely following as many of these suggestions as possible would have saved me considerable misery and frustration over the years. What takes only a few minutes or an hour now could save untold amounts of time and expense to take care of things later.
Task number 298: Change your habits and avoid clutter. Don't even think about throwing that paper or pair of socks on the floor. Good luck, enjoy a simpler and less complicated life, and keep going. The Curmudgeonly Professor.