The first piece of dirty laundry on the floor, the first weed to grow, the first piece of trash left on the sidewalk, it’s easy to notice that something is out of place. It’s also a problem with an easy fix. Piece by piece, over time, you develop a mess.
It’s easy to tell what kind of problems we don’t like to solve by the messes we leave.
If you find yourself submitting taxes at the deadline, have a cluttered inbox, or find having a discussion around carbon emissions excruciating–you have a reaction problem. You are reacting to the situation instead of initiating the solution.
If there is something that you don’t look forward to doing, make it a priority to do it first. Delaying problems that we don’t want to deal with, doesn’t make us more motivated to solve them later.