Saturday, August 18, 2012

Extra Mile Saturday

Well it's finally here. Time to put all that preparation and planning into action. Yes, it's the first Extra-Mile Saturday, a day on which we each look for ways to try a little bit harder or work a little bit longer to complete a task better or to reach a goal sooner.

What's that? You say you haven't been preparing and planning for Extra-Mile Saturday?

No worries. In lieu of preparation and planning, all you have to do is pay attention and look for opportunities. I guarantee you, it's way easier than finding eggs at a toddler's Easter-egg hunt. Once you start looking, you'll find gazillions of opportunities to go the extra mile.

Here's an example to get you warmed up.

Let's say you've just finished eating lunch. You get up from the table to leave and it occurs to you that you have no idea how the dirty glasses, plates and utensils normally get from the table to the cupboard. Someone must be clearing the table, washing the dishes and returning them to storage, but it's not you. In celebration of EMS (Extra-mile Sunday), you decide to clear your dishes.

You walk into the kitchen to place them in the sink, but notice that your plate still has large bits of food on it. You decide to go the extra mile and scrape the bits of food into the trash before placing the plate into the sink.

You walk over to the trash container and step on the foot switch to pop the lid. Hmm... the trash container is pretty darn full. Perhaps if you squish it down a bit, you can create enough room for your scrapings. Then it occurs to you; it's EMS.

You place your plate on the counter and pull the trash bag out of the can. You notice that it's dripping a bit and determine that it might be better just to put it back. But you don't because it's EMS. You let the bag sit in the container while you search the kitchen for another bag into which you can place the first one. You find one and struggle a bit as you try to place the full bag inside the empty one. With only a small amount of garbage juice dripping on the floor, you tie off the outer bag and place it beside the container.

Hmm... something smells. You look down and see the puddle of who-knows-what on the kitchen floor. You wonder if anyone will notice or think to attribute it to you. Then you think, "Oh yeah, it's EMS."

You walk back to the sink, wet a couple of paper towels and grab the all purpose cleaner. You wipe of the smelly wet spot with the wet towels, spray it down with the cleaner, and then wipe up the cleaner with a couple of dry towels.

You pop the lid of the trash can to toss out the paper towels and see no liner. The thought of dropping them in and abandoning your plate-scraping plan dances through your mind, but it's EMS.  You grab a new trash bag and begin to push it down into the container but realize that there's even more garbage juice there than was on the floor.

You grab the cleaner and a couple more towels and clean out the container. You push the new bag into it and even wrap the bag's edges around the top to make sure it doesn't fall in when someone drops in something heavy.

You toss in the paper towels and notice the spray bottle of all purpose cleaner sitting on the counter. You think to just leave it there, but then... yup, it's EMS. You return the cleaner to its spot under the sink, grab your plate and scrape the leftovers into the new trash bag.

Now you're on a roll. Rather than dumping your stuff in the sink, you rinse your glass, plate and utensils and place them in the dishwasher.

Oh no! The dishwasher is full of clean dishes.  What do you do? It's EMS.

The dishes all put away and your dirty ones now in the dishwasher. You make to get out of the kitchen before any other celebration opportunities reveal themselves. You notice the double-wrapped trash bag sitting next to the bin. You sniff to see if the outer bag is doing its job. Not too bad. Besides, you already washed your hands.

You walk out of the kitchen and something stops you. It's EMS. You walk back in, grab the double-wrapped bag and take it outside to the trash container.

You review all you did and pat yourself on the back. Great job! You've just celebrated Extra-Mile Saturday!

Happy (Extra-Mile) Saturday,
Teflon

3 comments:

  1. Funny what perspective does! I can do all that complaint about the amount of work around here that people leave for me to get sucked into and derailed from my plans for the day, or I can remember that I'm a generous person embracing the extra mile, after all, I'm the one that's going to be offended later (or sooner!) by the smelly garbage juice.

    I'm going to institute EMMonday, maybe even have points assigned to extra like activities, ...

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  2. Funny what perspective does! I can do all that complaint about the amount of work around here that people leave for me to get sucked into and derailed from my plans for the day, or I can remember that I'm a generous person embracing the extra mile, after all, I'm the one that's going to be offended later (or sooner!) by the smelly garbage juice.

    I'm going to institute EMMonday, maybe even have points assigned to extra like activities, ...

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  3. Faith, how did EMM go? I love the idea of winning points for extra-mile activities.

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