Einstein had multiple sets of the same outfit. He didn’t want to think about what to wear, so he could devote his time and energy to more important things. Steve Jobs swiped the idea. I do the same thing in other areas. Meal planning, for example, frees me from having to think about what I’m eating. Since I do all of the cooking, we tend to have the same things for lunch and dinner every week. If I can make a batch of something on the weekend, and just heat it up, all the better. This week we’re having sandwiches with veggies for lunch, and bean burritos with sliced apples for dinner. We always have a bagel and an orange for breakfast, except for Sunday, when I make pancakes.
I’ve been revising my work schedule around spoons and distractions. I know what time rush hour traffic will bring thumping car stereos and impatient people laying on their horns. I know when I’m going to get too tired to perform certain types of tasks. While I still have some fine-tuning to do, I think I’ve settled into what type of work I do at what point of the day. This is Einstein’s grey suit. If it’s morning, I’m doing these things.
Having tired of picking music to listen to, I just pick a band. My music service of choice plays that band until I decide I want something else, then I pick another band. Thankfully I have a lot of favorite bands. I keep the book I’m reading sitting on the coffee table. When it’s time to read, or when I want to take a break, I can pick it up. I’m at a point where I only watch 2 or 3 TV shows, and only shows that are complete, or at least at the end of a season. I have an afternoon show, a dinner show, and late-night show. If I’m done for the day, I know what I’m watching. When I’ve exhausted that show, then I’ll pick another show.
There’s more to this that I need to think about. Part of it is managing opportunity cost (time spend making decisions that ultimately don’t matter is time wasted). Some of it is minimalism (fewer choices brings a form of freedom). All of it is curation, and I need to contemplate that.
I hope you’re doing well today.