Do you prepare?

Philippines
October 6, 2008 10:07am CST
"If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first hour sharpening the ax." ~Abraham Lincoln~ Preparation is one of the most difficult tasks. There's no gratification and might even be BORING. You usually must take the time, gather supplies, perhaps even get all hot and sweaty. None of this is satisfying. We just want to get to the results as fast as possible and move on to the next task. In some cases, people fail to accomplish their tasks effectively and efficiently just because they did not prepare well.
10 responses
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Yes, before I take on the challenge of any task. I first get everything together that I might need and I know that I'll need. I do make sure all items that need to be sharp, are. Or that all items needed are in reach so that I can get them.
@kaguvkov (1041)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
Of course YES. I do make any necessary preparation if I knew that the task would be difficult to perform. Of course there are also some instances that you are surprised or you get surprised and you are not prepared. In that case I really make my mind set to whatever should come it must be and must be myself should be prepared at all times.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
7 Oct 08
[i]Hi dolce, I always do but there are occasions really when my preparations wasn't enough! But, if it is something very special like big projects, job interview, presentation and etc...I will really burn the midnight oil to prepare myself! It's a lot of stress and hassle when I will not prepare things then I will be sweating infront of other people because I am not confident![/i]
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I always prepare for whatever I am doing. My husband is just the opposite and it drives me crazy. We talk about it all the time too. He is getting better at preparing to do things now to make sure it gets done right and quickly.
@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
7 Oct 08
It is really good idea to do the ground work, before executing the final task. Ground work does help in better execution. I also do the same. Best of luck for your pending tasks.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
Yes preparation is the hardest thing to do, but after all doing this is easy.
7 Oct 08
Hi dolce_vita78, Gosh! sounds like me when I have to do preparations to cook dinner, its takes so long when you are chopping vegatables and meat before you actually start to cook it and when all that is done it only takes a few minutes to eat the food, ah! Tamara
@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I had a teacher in school that use to tell us this 'When you fail to prepare You prepare to fail' basically what I understood by that is that you need to be prepared when you undergo a task or the task may not be completed correctly becouse you will not know how or you will run into problems which will take time you may not have to complete the task.
@paid2write (5202)
6 Oct 08
That is so true of almost everything, isn't it, and it can even be dangerous to skip preparation before attempting to do something. Proper training is required for many activities, and learning is a form of preparation. Trying to do more in less time can lead to accidents, poor quality results or inefficiency. Time is of great value in the modern world.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It's a sad commentary on society that we need instant gratification for everything we do. The preparation leads us to the satisfactory result, but I agree, sometimes I just want to get things over with. For every task I think will take one hour, I plan on three hours for preparation, because nothing ever works according to my plan. If I take the time to prepare a list before going grocery shopping, I lose the list. I still come home with the groceries I wanted. "I can't win for losing." travel lightly, anawar