Episode 7: What Is Good Enough?

It’s hard to know how to stop at good enough if you haven’t identified what good enough means to you. Shannon and Janine discuss why it’s important to understand your own standards of good enough–and how those standards are very personal.

Discussion topics include:

  • How standards can vary depending on the importance of what you’re working on
  • How living with teenagers has caused Shannon to embrace a different standard of good enough in terms of housekeeping (spoiler alert: the word “botulism” is part of her standard)
  • The challenge of living with people whose standards of clutter are different than yours
  • Shannon’s technique for avoiding over-researching purchases
  • How Janine straddles the divide between the future and the ancient ways

Comment from Janine: I looked for black gunk on my stove and decided that it might be invisible since my entire stovetop is black.

 

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2 thoughts on “Episode 7: What Is Good Enough?

  1. I enjoyed this one. Good to know that you all try out and experiment with different kinds of systems. I find that I “discover” a system, get excited, use it for 3 – 4 months, and then it (or I) wane. But then a “new” system or different way of handling tasks comes on my horizon, I try that one and am excited again. Think that maybe I just get a little bit bored and need a “change” in order to make it fun.

    I do, however, keep a steno pad (decorated with scrapbook paper so it looks appealing) with *all* the tasks I have to do — you are absolutely right about writing it down. I’d drive myself c-r-a-z-y if I tried to keep any of it in my head!!

  2. It’s great that you’ve discovered a system of trying out new systems! Keeping the steno pad through the changes is an excellent way of keeping on top of tasks while experimenting. Good for you for recognizing that you need to keep your task management fun and interesting, Tina! Thanks for listening and sharing what works for you.

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