It seems I get annoyed when something wastes my time. And lots of things do, like: downloading web pages, holding down the button while my washing machine door locks, changing diapers, loading the dishwasher, etc.
So...this is what I do to remind myself that I'm being impatient and had I lived a hundred years ago, I would have had it MUCH harder. I count the second or minutes each task takes. This helps me to realize that it isn't all that bad and that I would do well to remember that "patience is a virtue". The following is the amount of time it takes to complete certain tasks whose slowness annoy me.
-Downloading my web page: 19 seconds (I know it's because of the graphics and background, but I just can't seem to let those go.)
-Holding the button down on my washing machine while the door locks: 3 seconds
-Changing a diaper: 89 seconds
-Sweeping the kitchen floor: 14 minutes
-Loading the dishwasher: 4 minutes
-Folding a load of laundry: average 6 minutes (I throw the kids' (ages 6 and up) clothes in baskets for them to worry about.)
-Taking the toddler to the potty: 2 minutes
-Reading the toddler "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" before nap time: 3 minutes
-Putting away my peanut butter and jelly supplies: 24 seconds
-Driving the kids to school and back home: 7 minutes
-Wiping baby fingerprints off the front of the stainless steel dishwasher: 4 seconds
See? Life isn't really that hard. Patience...patience...
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