In addition to reminding myself to tackle the task at hand on a daily basis, I also remind myself to avoid half measures.
Merriam-Webster defines a half measure as a partial, half hearted or weak line of action.
Half measures are different than leaving a task undone because I've been interrupted by an outside cause (usually my children). A half-measure refers to when I am aware of what needs to be done but for no reason other than wanting to avoid it, I resist it, leave it half done, or do a sub-par job completing it. Half measures are an obstacle to progress.
Perhaps, it is the residual effect of my avoider tendencies (when I would actively avoid what I am supposed to be doing), but at times, I find myself faced with a task that I want to avoid or leave half-done.
Examples of half measures in my daily life include (again, this is assuming I am not interrupted but am just being lazy): taking dishes to the kitchen sink but not loading them into the dishwasher immediately, not refilling the toilet paper roll, anything I encounter that I hope my husband will take care of (i.e. bringing the trash cans back into the garage on trash day or a child with a dirty diaper that I hope he will change), and cramming more into the trash can so I don't have to take it out. This is all very humbling to admit.
Not refilling the toilet paper roll or some other minor offense isn't catastrophic on its own, but for me, I have found that these small half measures are rooted in a lack of generosity and laziness. This same selfish attitude and laziness seep into my relationships with my husband and family. Rather than a spirit of service motivating our work, we began to operate from a place of resentment.
Honestly, I had to ask God for the grace to desire to complete these tasks well and for the strength to not avoid them. Half measures do not honor or serve my family and usually need to be fixed or completed at a later time which leads to frustration.
I found that one small, practical way to avoid half measures is to consider how long a task will actually take to complete. Then, I am reminded of how quickly the task can be done and I do it and move on. This practice quickly led to me more quickly embracing the task at hand.
What has been your experience? Do half measures ever creep into your daily routine? I hope you are encouraged by this post to avoid half measures and instead, joyfully tackle the task at hand. It's worth it.
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