Effort to Reward Ratio

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?

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One response to “Effort to Reward Ratio

  1. I’m with you totally until you get to the art part…and then I wonder if you always know the level of the final product before you get there. Wouldn’t there be instances when you found that a piece you didn’t expect to have be special turns out to be extraordinary?

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