I like to think about ways to more efficiently or effectively complete my tasks. Sometimes I express this as aesthetic improvements. Like rolling my towels a certain way. Or a functional improvement. Like stacking the dishwasher so that I can put away dishes in batches.
Beyond small local improvements, I like to think about optimizing the macro order of what I do. Today, I had dishes, laundry, vacuuming, and a window-sealing project. I arranged my tasks like this:
This order allowed me to take advantage of the long cycle times of the laundry and dishwasher. It feels rewarding to work efficiently.
I don’t often think about “cycle time” for tasks at work. I should try to use it as effectively at work tasks as I do with chores.