🪖 The first time I heard this was during my 2-weeks basic training in the National Reserves. And it hit home. Not because it is super profound or anything, just because of the simplicity of it and its practical use in every aspect of your life.
During basic training we usually got orders like:
“You have to clean your gun, have lunch, chance clothes, clean your desk and everything is done in 50 minutes time. A good soldier can do this in 40 min, so you have 10 minutes to relax.”
That usually meant this as a reaction, “I’m a good soldier! I can relax now for 10 minutes and be finished on time”
🚨 WRONG (most of the times). Something always happens!
- Your gun is dirtier than expected
- Lunch comes 10 minutes late
- You cannot find the second clean sock
- There’s a stain that just won’t go away
🧘 The ones that started working on their chores immediately, usually got 5 min to relax after everything was done. Because they had time when they needed to hurry
😰 The ones that started relaxing, usually were late, had more stress at the end, making mistakes, or didn’t finish a chore, meaning more work! And more work in the Army isn’t always fun…