- “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!
- “First things first.”
- “If you don’t have the time, make the time.”
What does time-pressure, GTD and prioritization have to do with house-cleaning? Stay with me.
Unless you’ve been raised completely unaware of one of the most basic of household chores, to get a really clean floor, you need to sweep before you mop. In this metaphorical scenario, sweeping is preparation, mopping is action, the clean floor is the finished, desired goal.
Get it? Not yet?
Okay, say you want really clean floors. Maybe your in-laws are coming to your new home, or you’re planning an open house to show it off to prospective buyers, whatever. You just want a really nice, clean floor. For purposes of this exercise, you don’t have carpets. For those, there are vacuums.
- You get stuff that’s not supposed to be on the floor, off the floor. Clothes, books, gear, whatever. Off, back to their proper places, all of it off.
- Then you get out the broom and start sweeping out from under chairs, tables, and sofas. You capture the small debris and the fuzz-bunnies.
- You then work your way out from all the corners of the room, sweeping towards the center, and end up with a collection of dirt that you sweep up into a dustpan. You throw that stuff away into the garbage can.
- You can prepare your preferred cleaning solution, diluted in water, to use with the mop.
- Then you get out the damp mop to make sure you get the really small stuff off the floor — schmutz, ground-in dirt, dried-up spills, tracked-in street-crud etc.
- You mop. If you’re the really, really picky sort, you mop with cleaning solution (twice) and do a final mop up with plain water.
Boom, clean, fresh-smelling floors.