Washing Dishes, Making Beds, and eLearning Strategies
Posted by Ellen on July 17, 2010
A good strategy is like washing dishes. Really.
I had my hands in a sinkful of dishes and that’s when it occurred to me. You don’t wash dishes knowing it’s the only time you’ll do it. You don’t wipe out the glasses and place them away in the cupboard thinking, “Whew! That job’s finally over. Won’t have to do that again for another ten years or so.”
Not unless you only use glasses on very, very special occasions.
Same thing with your laundry. Making the bed. You do these things over and over.
You don’t keep doing these things simply as a matter of ritual (though these tasks can become rituals), but because things have gotten messy and you need to straighten them up, clean things out, put every item back in its place so you’ll know where to find it again when you need it.
And so it is with a good strategic plan, right?
You don’t just go through the process once, tuck it away, and forget about it.
Or at least you shouldn’t.
Your plan should be something you revisit all the time. Maybe not three times a day or even once a day, but often enough that you keep it sparkling and shiny. Often enough that you get good use out of it.
Just like doing the dishes — you might dread it as a chore, but keeping those plates scrubbed clean is the only way to keep bacteria at bay!
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And as many of you know, you can always post a question here or contact me directly via e-mail. I can’t make your bed for you, nor can I do your dishes (okay, I could…. ), but I can help give you guidance or even be the cheerleader on the side if you’d like.