Do you love getting down on your knees and reaching far into the depths of kitchen cupboards? Neither do I, which is why I failed to confront a situation early on.
On weekday mornings I make a protein shake, and the mixer I use is on the bottom left of a cabinet. It is heavy and a bit of a hassle to get out. It is harder to put away because the stack of trays on the right side of the cupboard frequently spills into the space vacated by the mixer, usually at the exact moment that I’m down on my knees about to put the mixer back into place.
I have been dealing with this for months. It is a minor annoyance and I’ve never felt like rearranging all the trays on the right side. Today, I decided to pull the top layer of trays and see what the problem was. I pulled out one tray and saw that there was a glass bowl in the back right corner causing the tray to continually slide to the left. I took out the bowl, returned the tray to its spot, and put the bowl on top of it. Problem solved.
Identifying the problem took the same amount of time as I would have spent fighting the tray, except that I only had to do it once, not every morning.
Why did it take me months to decide to treat the root problem? Because I was living in the urgent zone. When I finish making my shake I just want to get to work. “I don’t have time to deal with this!”
Try this: As you move through your day today, are there issues that you just accept as being either unsolvable or tolerable? Take a moment to think about them. What’s bothering you is a symptom. What’s the problem?
Let me know if you discover anything interesting!