HIGH-FUNCTIONING EFFICIENCY TIP

9 Sep

One of the great conundrums of overfunctioning is the ability to notice time-management in little things.

In the ever-present cultural pull to overfunction–– (aka, “I’ll just do it myself!), here is one little high-functioning efficiency tip.

The OBVIOUS ANSWER to the picture is B.

No, I am not a Control Freak! Think of me more as an Efficiency Expert.

Efficiency: ORIGIN late 16th cent. (in the sense [the fact of being an efficient cause] ): from Latin efficientia, from efficere meaning ‘accomplish’ (see effect ).

The Devil, if there is one, is in the time-sucking details. So, here you have a PERFECT EXAMPLE of the OFD (OverFunctioning Devil) lurking in your midst.

Try this for yourself: Position A for removing the TP or Position B. Which is less frustrating for the (pardon the pun) end-user?

Now, look! I’m not bringing this up to be a picky…um…asshole. (Ick!) It’s more that you develop certain practices that increase the flow. (Awk!) You know what I mean.

This Toilet Paper Thing is one of those.

The REAL PROBLEM is IT’S REALLY NOT YOU! Or, is it?

It’s training those around you to see/think the way you do, so that you don’t have to run around using your precious time “fixing” the TP and other things that aren’t “done right.” But, here’s the rub (okay! okay!)…it’s one of those days!  …to what degree do these things annoy you?

That is what you have to figure out for yourself. Is the T(P)issue an “A” which is “DEAL-BREAKER” or an “E” which is “Mildly Agitating”…like flicking a fruit fly off your shoulder. Once you have this figured out, you can communicate to your loved ones how much it means to you to turn the roll to the B Position.

Sounds simple? Condescending even? Try it! There are a lot of people who simply don’t care which direction the TP sits on the roll. But, aye! YOU CARE AND THAT’S WHAT MATTERS.

So, speak up for yourself. Let your loved ones know how you feel about this little detail. Here’s the hard part: Take the time to show them how to put it on the roll in the B-Position.

This is not a quick fix. It will likely take several iterations before it becomes habit for them.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s on your short-list of your OFD’s and, more importantly, TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THEM? WHAT DO YOU SAY TO YOURSELF WHEN YOU ARE TRIGGERED BY THE OFD?

i.e. Packing the dishwasher efficiently? …me? Frustrated. Self-talk = “Isn’t it OBVIOUS how much space they’re wasting?”

i.e. Spatters on the stove top? …me? Mildly annoyed. Self-talk = “Doesn’t the grease BOTHER them?”

i.e. Dust Bunnies? …me? Resigned. Self-talk = “AM I THE ONLY ONE who does anything about these?” …and “Those damn dogs!”

PS: Thank you Spiritual Badass leader Amythyst Mahoney for the TP image!

2 Responses to “HIGH-FUNCTIONING EFFICIENCY TIP”

  1. Miranda September 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

    You are too funny! I suppose my biggest, and only, one of these is my mil thinking and acting like she is bringing up my children and my husband and I are pretty much just children, too. It’s very odd. I will attempt, once again, to teach her how to “put the roll on the tp”. We’ll see how it goes this time, lol!! Thanks for the article :)

    • Sally Rubin September 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

      Thanks, Miranda. Let me know how it goes!

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