I would do whatever was possible to get out of cutting the lawn. I still do, for that matter! Raining in Sudbury? Well, it could make it to Ottawa at any time... that would be unsafe! Inevitably, though, I had to cut it.
Even then, I wasn't going to go out of my way to extend my agony any more than was necessary. The back lawn in particular was quite large, and by itself it took a full hour to cut. I guess I have the process improvement gene turned on, because I spent a good amount of that one hour trying to figure out how to make it something less than, well, one hour. Eventually I figured out what slowed me down - square corners. Each 90 degree turn meant stopping, turning the mower and starting again. If I could remove as many of those corners as possible, I would reduce the amount of time it took to cut that lawn.
This particular yard wasn't perfectly rectangular, and had several trees. I determined that there were a few places along the edge I could cut first to remove some of the variance in the shape of the yard, and that I would have to do at least one full pass to cleanly cut the outside perimeter (OK, so I did care a bit about the quality as well!). After that, I kept to cutting in one continuous strip that was curved around the corners rather than square. This didn't bother my Dad at all, so I then set about optimizing the new process.
It took a couple of tries, but I eventually reduced the cutting time from a full hour to 45 minutes. Being a rather impatient teenager at the time, having an extra 15 minutes to do what I wanted was much better than nothing!!
This relates to practices in Agile that allow a team to move faster, or at the very least sustain their current velocity. Automating anything that is repetetive, tedious and chews up time goes a long way towards reducing and even eliminating those 90 degree turns. Testing, builds, deployments, etc. are all practices that can be automated and have a tremendous amount of tool support now. These "rounded corners" will keep the team moving ahead at a steady pace.
Oh yeah, after I moved out of my parents' house, my Dad bought a riding mower. Cutting the grass is now considered fun, I'm told. I have never had the opportunity to use the riding mower myself. I'm sure there's another lesson there somewhere! :)