I am a lazy thinker. At least I have that tendency.
Early in our marriage, when Lisa would start fixing dinner, I would walk into the kitchen and ask “what can I do?” Finally, after years of aggravated discussions, the answer became very obvious. The same things that needed to be done 1,000 times before.
- Clean my junk off of the dining room table
- Set the table
- Pour the drinks
- Wash any pots and pans from cooking
- Take out the trash when full
- etc. etc. etc.
While I am not completely cured, I am much better at using my brain to look over the situation and deciding for myself what needs to be done. If I honestly can’t think of a way to contribute, then it is okay to ask.
Guess what? The same thing is true at work. It applies to any environment where you serve. Stop asking other people what needs to be done. Engage your brain and exhaust the possibilities before asking others what you need to do.
Thanks for listening.