'A Little Now Will Save Me From a Lot Later.'
This has been my mantra for a little while now.
I thought of it one day as I was cleaning up my bathroom when I thought I didn't have time. I was rushing around in the morning and was about to skip it when it occurred to me that I could do it in less than a minute. Less than a minute of effort now, and it will save me from a lot more work later on, if I let it pile up. I am in essence, lazy, so I look for the least amount of effort to accomplish any task.
Since then it really stuck and I found myself repeating it in many instances.
A little now will save me from a lot later...
A little picking up will save me from a major clean later.
(That's the most common way I apply it.)
A little restraint in eating will save me from a lot of weight gain later.
Or, a little restraint will save me from a lot of work-losing weight-later.
A little effort getting ready in the morning will save me from a lot of misery, staying home all day feeling gross.
A little exercise will save me from a lot of guilt later.
A little faith will save me from a lot of heartache.
A little obedience will save me from a lot of repentance.
A little kindness will save me from a lot of regret.
I keep thinking of all the ways I can apply it, but it usually just comes down to the simplest form:
A little now will save me a lot later.
It gets the job done.
In small, incremental steps.