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No Two Snowflakes
I washed the kitchen floor this afternoon. As I have previously noted here, in a variety of contexts, I have a devil of a time doing anything by rote. But it's when I'm doing the floor that this deficiency is made most apparent. I had sworn to myself that the method I devised the last time I executed this time-consuming and onerous task was good enough to stick with. When I actually got down on my hands and knees, though, I was unable to repeat myself. And I'm content, because the method I chose today now strikes me as the best of all possible methods. It seems unlikely, though, that my conviction will last until it's time to do the job again. Still, I haven't given up hope that I will one day settle into a mode in which I accept the mechanical reproduction of everyday activities.

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flw From: flw Date: January 17th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
In the name of all that is holy, when will the robots come and spare us this horror. Until that day, you need to learn the time honored rule of "better than it was". Here's how it works. Assign an appropriate block of time for cleaning the kitchen floor. I would say 20 minutes MAXIMUM. Get down to business. At the end of 20 minutes, you're done. It's "better than it was." You will never achieve perfection.

I empathize with the inability to do things like this.

It takes me about two 20 minute sessions to clean the tiny bathroom, and I don't do it, because I would prefer to have the "perfect" routine.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 17th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a good idea. It's actually very close to the system I employ for doing the dishes, which, because I do some almost every day, I have learned to treat with less perfectionism. Floor-wise, because of what needs to be moved in order even to sweep the floor, much less scrub it, I usually end up doing the whole thing once I've begun. And that's when my obsessiveness and failure to establish a routine prove my undoing.
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