Re: Self discipline,boat building & shop cleanliness
For me, the enemy of a clean shop is an undefined work schedule. When I was taking woodworking classes at a local school, we devoted the last 15 min. of each session to clean up and put everything away. Knowing what the work deadline was every session made it possible to plan what we were going to do each session so we didn't start something that we couldn't finish by the clean up time. It also instilled a routine that became automatic - something we did without thinking about it.
I find that I'm much less inclinded to clean up if my work sessions are open-ended. I'll work until I'm too tired to clean up and then just leave everything as it is. The cumulative result is chaos and it bothers me and builds until I'm so tired of it that I spend a couple of hours doing a massive clean up, cursing my laziness all the time. My brain knows I'd rather spend 15 - 20 minutes cleaning ip at the end of each work session that 2 or three hours once in a while (thereby messing up what limited time to actually get some work done), by my lazy side often rules.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower