Plus 1.

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The Evil Spawn is lazy.

How lazy?

She’s so lazy she doesn’t dry off after her shower.

When she walks out of the bathroom she’s beaded up with water like a freshly waxed car.

Who exactly is that lazy?

I get “too lazy to clean her room”.  I even get the kind of lazy when she puts more effort into avoiding chores than actually just doing them.

But so lazy she can’t even wipe a towel across her body.


This is what I’ve had a hand in creating?  Actually, it wasn’t a hand, but that’s a WAY different blog.Just Do a Little More Than the Next Person.

This is my legacy?

This is who will get 100% of my inheritance?

What becomes of these teenagers when they grow up?

Is it my destiny she’ll be living in my house at the age of 30 because she’s in year 12 of junior college?

Actually any amount of time in junior college doesn’t sound too bad at this point.

Will I be the grandparent who has to raise my daughter’s children because I’m afraid she won’t dry them off and they will drown in their sleep?

When I get on her about her lack of effort it’s always the same response.

“Dad, I’m only 9.”

At what age will she kick in and stop being a burden on society (actually I don’t care about society as much as I could use her help emptying the trash)?

Is this just a phase or my future?

When should I start getting concerned the Evil Spawn is not the person to trust in administering my medication as I struggle through my Senior Years?

I’m going to need help.  Those adult diapers don’t change themselves.

I’ve tried (to no avail) to convince her of my theory on success.

Plus 1.

You don’t have to be great at anything, you just have to do it consistently and then add 1 repetition.

She wants to play basketball.  I tell her all she has to do is dribble everyday and practice 1 more minute than everyone else.

Over the next few years this will add up.  It will be hours and days more than other girls are practicing.

Spelling test?  Review the words 1 more time.

She will see the results in her grade.

Want to earn more accelerated reading points?  Read one more book than her classmates.

It’s not difficult.  It’s not brain surgery.

It’s just Plus 1.

This also works for adults.  People constantly tell me they don’t have time to blog

I don’t either.

I just do it consistently (remember quantity, not quality).  And then each month I try to write (?) just 1 more.

Sure, the last one each month stinks, but that’s not the point.

People also say they don’t have any more time in their busy days.

They can’t possibly work one more thing into their schedules.

They can’t read a book.  They can’t take a walk.  They can’t start a classroom website.

I don’t buy it.  Get up 10 minutes earlier each day.  That’s over an hour a week of extra time (70 minutes if you’re a math teacher).

This is certainly enough time to accomplish 1 more thing.

I’m telling you this advice is pure gold.

The Plus 1 Theory.

It takes intelligence and talent right out of the picture (lucky for me).

It’s just effort.

And who doesn’t have a free endless supply of effort at their disposal?

Although, maybe you shouldn’t take my advice.

I am the parent who is perplexed because I can’t get my daughter to dry off after a shower.

Maybe I should have had 1 more kid.

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9 Responses to “Plus 1.”

  1. Melanie
    on Oct 17th, 2010
    @ 2:53 pm

    I think I hate you a little bit for suggesting I get up 10 minutes earlier. I already get up at 5:20 am…10 more minutes and I might fall asleep in the middle of 6th period…lol.

  2. Joane Nichols
    on Oct 20th, 2010
    @ 7:09 am

    Plus 1? I need Plus 2 – at least.

  3. Tim
    on Oct 22nd, 2010
    @ 2:22 pm

    I think this will revolutionize my life.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Tim, I sense some sarcasm.

  4. Tim
    on Oct 22nd, 2010
    @ 3:58 pm

    No sarcasm here… I actually believe I can do 100 push ups (at the same time) by January 30 using this approach… Or maybe run 5k (although adding 1 foot each day… it’s gonna take awhile….) but anyhoo… I think it’s gonna help keep me off “The Biggest Loser”… I see possibilities…

  5. Tim
    on Oct 22nd, 2010
    @ 4:12 pm

    Look, if I run 1 foot today and just add 1 foot each day by the time I am 81 I would be running a 5K. The down side is that to run a 10K I’d have to live to be 125 or something like that… Actually, now that I think about it, I think +100 would yield a greater benefit sooner… That cuts the 5K time to 165 days. and 10K to about this time next year!!!

  6. Audrey Noonan
    on Nov 10th, 2010
    @ 4:51 pm

    Hello! My name is Audrey. I am in Professor Post’s SPED 315 class, and he asked us to choose one of your blog posts to comment on. I’ve read at least ten so far, and have subscribed to be notified when you update. I’m really enjoying your honest and funny perspective. I completely agree with your plus one approach to success. If I only spent one more hour a week on homework, I imagine I would accomplish much more. However, I want to suggest a minus one clause to your theory. In the minus one clause, you do one less thing that is getting in the way of your success every day. For example, I will watch one less hour of television a day, or I will eat one less cookie for dessert. Thank you for your insightful and humorous blog!

  7. Ashley Miedema
    on Nov 11th, 2010
    @ 12:40 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your ideas about the plus 1 approach. I think this is a very important philosophy for teachers to have. First, when they feel as if they have too much to do, they can remember this idea and push themselves to complete one more thing. Although motivitating themselves to do that one thing may be difficult at first, it will be easier to do if they do it everyday. From my experience, they will also feel a lot more accomplished simply by checking one more thing off of their to-do list. Second, teachers should encourage their students to follow this approach. Although many students are not going to want to do any more work than is necessary, if teachers show them the significant impact that adding one more minute to something or repeating something one more time will have, I believe they will be more willing to put the effort into it. When teachers are able to motivate their students, the students will be more likely to succeed in small things in life which will lead to success in larger things. In my opinion, the plus 1 approach is one of the best ways to motivate students.

  8. pete post
    on Nov 17th, 2010
    @ 7:41 am

    Just had to jump in for a minute on this one (reading your blog when I should be grading papers) to share a thought about my favorite holiday which is “Turn the Clock Back Day”. What a wonderful concept – so why can’t we do it every weekend? Sure eventually light will be night – but what a blessing for those working graveyard shifts! Maybe we can check with people living in the land of the Midnight Sun (wherever that is). Ah – the extra hour, the slower pace, the utter joy.

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