It's a significant lesson I've figured out for myself recently. If there's something you don't like, you should do it right and right away. If you don't, you may have to start over. Instead of not enjoying it once, you'll have to do it twice.
It may sound obvious, but there are a lot of examples of people not doing this:
- students who procrastinate their exams, get stressed because they know they should study, and have to repass them because they didn't pass the first time
- Not cleaning the house correctly. Instead of doing it at interval x, you have to do it after half x, or maybe three-quarter of x.
- My 1.5 kid who don't want to go to the bath. Instead of it taking ten nice minutes, it takes 15 minutes of a neverending fight
- Doing grocery shopping. You are not as bright or focused as you think, so make a list so that you don't forget anything that would force you into going back to the shop (maybe on the same day)
It's a pattern you can notice. There's something you don't like, you didn't manage to do it properly, and you had to start over? It's super hard to question your habits, but it's worth it to process why there are things you always fail to do right. You can probably think of a way to do it better next time. The solution will be evident in retrospect, but the issue is actually to notice that there is a problem