One of the guiding principles for my decisions about how to spend the precious hours of any given day is my “effort-to-reward” rating. It applies to housework, cooking, gardening and creating art. Housework: laundry is always multitasked with something more important; moving clothes in and out of the washer or dryer provide a break from manual labor in the yard; sorting and folding are low energy/low brainpower tasks that are part of my relax-before-bedtime routine. Cooking: If there are four pork chops in the package and only two people to eat them, cook all of them and meal preparation another time is just a reheat. Gardening: food plants rate more fussy care than ornamentals; perennials get double dug enriched soil and regular fertilizer, while annuals get only what they need to live out the season looking pretty. Creating art: Is the piece…practice for skill improvement or a showpiece for exhibition that will enhance your artistic reputation? …is the topic just looking pretty or is there depth of meaning you wish to convey?