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Life Day By Day

Good decisions/bad decisions

We all make decisions every day, some are good decisions and some are bad decisions. With some decisions we will know right away whether it was a good or a bad decision. For other decisions we have to wait a while to find out!

Good decisions

This morning I made a good decision, the one not to get up too early. If you read my article from last week then you will know about the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule. That is, we have five seconds to make a decision. If we have not acted on the decision in five seconds than our brain switches off. We have lost the opportunity.

But I was not looking for an opportunity to get out of bed, I was looking for an opportunity to stay in bed. As the days are getting longer and there is more light early in the morning I have my eye mask handy. It is light and it must be time to get up. My hand reaches for my eye mask, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – time to go back to sleep!

Another good decision I made today was to do my chook duties early. It takes time to care for chooks, if you want them to have a clean place (aka palace). They have to have their favourite treats otherwise they stalk me and run after me wherever I go when I am in the coop run. The dwarf mulberry tree, planted in the run, is fruiting and they love a mulberry treat. My job is to see that everyone gets their share.

Molly, Polly and Dolly eating their greens.

A good decision I made yesterday was to clean the house after I looked into places that you should never look at. Behind furniture or under a chair. It sounded like a good decision at the time, but was it? I spent time cleaning the entrance of the house. The tiled floor, timber door, security door, and the stained glass panels. The sun was shining and it all looked sparkling clean.

But by this morning a neighbour had come to our door and left dirty footprints. It was a good thing I was still in bed and the video door bell connected to my mobile was off. It could have been disastrous. Me looking at the footprints, aghast at what I was seeing, instead of making eye contact with my neighbour.

Bad decisions

Cleaning the house, a spring clean was a very bad decision. I have been working like a slave and not make much progress. I decided to clean the windows. That could be a good decision as it gives us a better outlook to the garden. But no, it was a bad decision because no one should never think of spring cleaning at my age.

Spring cleaning requires reaching up to high places and this means getting on a ladder. It can be a hazard getting on a ladder and safety should be paramount. Falling off a ladder is one of the most common causes of injury. I was only using a domestic step ladder but I still had to be careful, particularly when stretching. If not careful, this could be a bad decision.

To clean a window the shutters must be cleaned first!

Is it a good or bad decision to have an expert spring clean the house? Someone that you pay. It could be a good decision but only if they are reliable and attend to detail. So many times when we thought we had made a good decision by engaging a tradesperson, it ended up a bad decision. That is, we had to redo much of the job ourselves.

It is a bad decision to tell a tradesperson you are not happy with their job. My sister Christine and her husband John had a bad experience. They employed different tradespeople to work on their house extension. Unhappy with the standard of work of one tradespersons they had to let him go. It was a good decision but with bad consequences.

His response was to throw nails and screws on their driveway entrance. They live on a farm, away from neighbours, so it was easy for him to get away with it, initially! That chippy must have had one big chip on his shoulders!

Procrastination and decision-making

Do not let me put you off making a decision. There is an element of risk in everything we do in life, every decision we make. The important thing is to think things through and even sleep on it over night. Make big decisions slowly.

I must remember:

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Quote by Stephen Covey.

P.S. If anyone knows a reliable housekeeper – message me!

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