The Broken Window Theory

Can just fixing broken windows in a crime-ridden neighborhood reduce crime in that neighborhood? The answer is 'Yes', according to the Broken Window theory, (based on the book, Fixing Broken Windows) and Guiliani, a proponent of this theory. During his reign as mayor in New York, Guiliani went after perpetrators of petty crimes in the hopes that it would serve to lessen major crimes in the city.

This topic and its effectiveness has been the subject of many conflicting opinions, like Maxwell's theory in Tipping point and the theory of the authors of Freakonomics(the review of which is coming soon to a Rajiv's View, near you.)

I wonder how well it would work at home. Will doing the dishes help me move closer to my bigger home or personal projects? I cannot say for sure. Taking on a small task first and putting away the large one in the hopes of getting it done, appears as procrastination at first glance.

However, a cleaner sink surely does bring out more positive feelings and lesser feelings of overwhelm each time I pass it. It does give me the energy to do more. There is some tangible merit in taking on small tasks or running errands though the results are somewhat hard to quantify.

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