Finally March has arrived. True we are buried in snow and next weeks forecast calls for some more but Spring will be here in just a couple weeks! It is a whirlwind time and gets very busy in the Spring. I have a lot always to do on my plate here at the Urban Garden. There is a never ending list that long ago I gave up trying to ever close out. I have devised a system over the years for dealing with the list. As I do my daily inspection of the grounds I note all the things that need to be done. Those things are then added to my master list if they are not already there. I gave up prioritizing the master list years ago. Each morning I will choose some jobs or projects that are most pressing do to a complaint or because of horticultural needs . This is my daily task list.
Once we have completed items on the daily task list they will be removed from the master list . Those items that are not completed will be added to the next days task list or left on the master list for a future date. My goal is to look at the master task list at the end of every week and see a completed next to more tasks than the number of tasks I have added during that week. As is the nature of things this rarely happens but as long as some of the master tasks get completed we are making progress.
To stress out over not completing everything is insane I have found because there is nothing going to change by being stressed but your health. The suits have a different out look on life they feel that things should just be done. Most of the time they do not have a clue what it actually takes to accomplish some tasks. They want is to see the end result in most of the time an impossibly short time line. The fact that they live in a world of it works on paper and not in the real world of equipment breakdowns , delayed shipments or bad weather is something that I need to consider but understanding that is something that is beyond me. If you deal with landscaping and grounds maintenance all the equipment in the world will not be the answer. Well trained and knowledgeable employees are the answer. When you can trust that the employees understand the process and will perform in an efficient mannerÃ‚ you will get a lot more completed. I strive to be sure everyone working for me knows what they are doing and that they understand why we are doing it in the way I want it.
I think of the same thing in my busines. I can give a client a general time line for completion of most projects but make it clear that due to the weather or unavailability of materials or supplies the job may take longer than estimated. Less stress and happier clients because they understand.
In my personal gardening I take a laid back approach. I want to get the task done but I also want to enjoy myself while doing it. If a project takes an extra weekend or two so be it. As long as in the end I am happy and satisfied with the results that is what counts. I would rather take it slow and do it right then to only get it done. I will enjoy it more and receive the benefit of accomplishment.