I’ve been thinking about how there are times when it makes sense to leave the dishes in the sink.
A friend, who lives alone, has a system of letting them pile up for a few days and then washing them all at once. This is an example of the productivity tip of batching tasks.
Even if it makes sense rationally, I have a really hard time doing it. I just find the dishes distracting and really want to have them taken care of before I move on to other, bigger things.
Gretchen Rubin describes this as “Outer order contributes to inner calm.” (On her podcast she shortens it to “outer order, inner calm.”) That principle is definitely true for me.