“A stitch in time saves nine.” I’m not sure about the ratio of stitches now to later, but yes, I agree that just dealing with a problem usually saves you from doing extra work later on. But sometimes, you’re really tired and in order to that one stitch, first you have to find the needle, then you have to find the thread, and wait– there’s no good light, so maybe you have to change a lightbulb first… and then you can wind up getting overwhelmed.
Last night, I came up with my own little words of wisdom:
“At least rinse the dishes before they get crusty.”
You’ll notice that my proverb doesn’t say you have to actually wash the dishes right away, just rinse ‘em. Then they can wait, as long as you still have other clean dishes and counter space. You don’t have to solve the whole problem right away, just don’t let it get worse by ignoring it completely.
Do you have proverbs, traditional or original, that you live by?