How I Learned to Use the Water Cooler

water-glass-theme-water-16490With a prompt face palm, I had a startling realization on this Friday afternoon. For the better part of the last three years, I’ve been holding down the little safety button on the hot water spout of our office cooler. Now you may be asking yourself, “Why in the world are you telling us this?” But before you click back over to your Facebook tab, hear me out.

Every time I’ve gone to get hot water for tea I’ve held this button down, forcing my hand into the strangest contorted positions. I’ve experienced countless moments of frustration, hand cramps, and the occasional scalding splash. Today I discovered that I have been doing this needlessly. All I had to do was press the button to release the lever, then let go and hold my mug up to the spout.

Immediately I began to wonder what other seemingly menial tasks I’ve been carrying out that are not only useless, but are actually a drain on my energy and resources. There are probably dozens of practices, procedures, and steps in my day-to-day work that could be pruned for efficiency (and sanity). What unnecessary steps or practices can you cut out that drain you of more value than they are worth?

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