It takes a good amount of time to clean up after a meal; rinsing plates, loading and unloading the dishwasher, and scrubbing pots and pans.
I’ll admit that sometimes, I get lazy. Perhaps instead of washing a pan right after I’m done using it for lunch, I leave it in the sink.
After all, washing that pan doesn’t have to be done right now.
And when I get home from work, and I’m starving and want to get started on dinner right away…I want to kick my past self right in the junk.
Instead of being able to get my dinner started, I now have an additional step- scrubbing the pan.
On the flipside, I can spend an extra 10 or so minutes after lunch cleaning up. Empty the dishwasher, scrub pots and pans, spray down the counter tops, and just make the kitchen an all around presentable place.
When I get home from work, the kitchen is already clean- I can put on some music, pour a drink and relax. Because this experience was so rewarding, I’m going to clean up after dinner as well, so that I can come down stairs in the morning and have a clean kitchen to enjoy my coffee in.
I don’t HAVE to clean the kitchen after a meal; it’s not urgent. It’s important, yes. But it can be done later.
If I do choose to clean up right after a meal, though, I’m rewarded with the greatest gift all- less stress later on!
Waiting to take care of an important aspect of our lives until it’s urgent is one of the greatest stressors in life.
Working in the realm of what Stephen Covey calls “Important, not Urgent” is one of the best I ways I know of to create more breathing room, more peace, in life.