My Nanna always says:
“Never go to the kitchen empty-handed.”
She worked in hospitality.
So did I, for a while, and that mantra stuck with me.
It wasn’t my job to clear tables, but I never went to the kitchen empty-handed.
What that did was lighten the load on the waiters and waitresses, just a little. Just enough for them to be able to carry on with what they were doing. Just enough for them to not have another thing to worry about.
You can apply that same rule at home and at work.
At home, never leave a room empty-handed and never leave a cluttered room cluttered.
Take something with you or do something to leave it in a slightly better shape.
It’ll only take you 5 minutes.
At work, when you’re done, look around at the rest of the team. Is there something you can pick-up? One small load you can lighten for someone?
That could be as simple as making the tea or taking a task on.
Never go to the kitchen empty-handed.