I think it frequently happens that when we do something that saves time, we fail to appreciate the savings we’ve just gained. Instead, we just go onto the next thing, continuing to feel like there is less time in the day for all that we have to do.
I just decided not to do a certain household project which would be good to complete, but would take about 4 hours. It has to do with fixing a mistake the original builders made, but we’ve decided just to let it be.
Now, I could go on to the next thing on my list (which is long today). Or, I could just quit for the day (it’s Saturday, and I’m taking care of some household stuff) and say to myself: “If I had made the bad decision to fix that thing, I would have had 4 hours taken away from other stuff anyway. Why not, now, still take that 4 hours away from my work, but instead do something I want to do — like go do something fun with my kids.”
I’m not going to do that in this instance, because this afternoon is devoted for getting some of these hanging projects knocked off. But, that would be a good option sometimes. In this instance, what I should do is be glad I’ve saved some time, and now start feeling ahead of the game for the rest of the day.