For some, laundry is one of those tedious tasks that gets put off and builds up — to the point where it’s just easier to go buy new underwear. But when you break it down, you’ll see that the heaping basket of stuff is easier to fold when you tackle the big things first.
First, do the sheets. Sheets are massive. Then towels. They’re bulky. Next, clothes. What’s left is socks and underwear, freeing you to clearly match everything up, now that the big stuff is out of your way.
The same is true with challenging situations at work. We have a tendency to let situations mount to the point that they seem unmanageable. Whether it’s a tough conversation, a meeting with a challenging team member, or a tedious project, get the huge bulky stuff out of the way so it doesn’t seem so insurmountable. Being proactive about the tough stuff will sharpen your ability to then match solutions to any situation.
– Janice Pollard and Jackie Trepanier