Gracious Living 101
After a life full of “productivity hacks” as part of an effort to optimize the little personal time available to me, I have reconsidered. As I decompress slowly in a world where I own my every waking and sleeping moment, I look for “idleness hacks”. These are small things that help to remind me of the fact that there is no rush. There will be another bus, boat, train, meal, and day.
Idleness 101 - The Shaving Brush
Shaving is no longer a hurried, sometimes bloody necessity. It is a pleasure. Working up a lather with hot water is relaxing. Taking the time necessary to do a good job is satisfying. In an email-free life one can simply do a really good job (or at least as good a job as one cares to) on every task. No blazing through tasks A, B, and C in order to get to task D.
Food is more carefully prepared and tastes better. Walks are enjoyable and re-routable based on whim. Nothing is rushed through.
Even if you are still gainfully employed, you need to carve out some space and time where you are the Master of Your Own Destiny. May I suggest that your morning shave is such a time.