It’s finally over! After three months of negotiation and a much-publicized lockout, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association have finally reached a tentative agreement. The regular refs were back on the gridiron over the weekend! Regardless of your opinion on the lockout, there are valuable lessons to be learned from the debacle, and some of these lessons extend into the realm of home maintenance.
Here are three things to learn from the lockout as you tackle home projects:
Always remember the big picture. Once the lockout started, both sides stopped working towards a long-term solution. Being shortsighted created problems on the football field, and it’ll do the same thing to your house. For example, buying the cheapest light bulbs you can find instead of the more expensive CFL bulbs might seem smart, but when your bulbs burn out after a few months, you’ll be heading right back to the store for more. In the long run, it’s usually worth it to spend a little bit more on tools and materials up front to prevent replacement costs later on.
Make sure you’re up to speed. The replacement referees knew how to call a football game, but they were unprepared for the fast pace of the league and the intricacies of the NFL rulebook. Even if you’ve seen someone else tile a floor or had it explained to you quickly over the phone, that doesn’t mean you’re ready to tackle the project on your own. Do your research and make sure you understand the nuances of your home maintenance task before you dive in headfirst.
Always make safety a priority. During the lockout, one of the most common concerns was player safety. Regardless of the difficulty of your home project, it’s important to make safety a priority! If you’re spray painting, wear a mask. If you’re climbing a ladder, make sure it’s on solid ground. If you have small children or pets, make sure that nothing potentially dangerous is left within their reach. Never let your enthusiasm for the project outweigh your safety precautions!
In conclusion, don’t cut corners, do your research and be safe when tackling home maintenance projects. Do it the right way the first time, and you’ll have more time for a cool cocktail or a Dexter marathon later on.