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It’s June and school is out. That means it’s garage sale season! Time to scrounge through the house, find stuff to get rid of, dust it off, haul it outside, then sit back and make some money, right? But that’s where this weeks’s character trait comes in.

Thoroughness is knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected. It’s paying careful attention from end to end of the process. It’s executing without negligence or omissions. The state of being carried out completely and carefully.

When it comes to my garage sale, thoroughness includes finding tables to display items on. It’s pricing individual items or making clear signs for groups of items. It’s taking out a newspaper ad or hanging posters to bring the customers in. It’s getting a variety of change ready and stashing used plastic bags nearby to help customers. Maybe even putting bottled water on ice in a cooler if the forecast calls for it?

Thoroughness extends beyond garage sales to many other areas of life. Vacation planning. A picnic in the park or family barbecue. Juggling multiple kids and activities. Even preparing a report for work or explaining a personal position on an issue could benefit from careful planning.

Thoroughness makes sure that no details fall through the cracks.

What about you? Any garage sale tips that I forgot to think of? Are you a planner or more spontaneous? What organizational tools help with this trait?

Character Matters – Thoroughness
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