Do we need to be more efficient?
Gansu Wind Farm. Photo: Popolon Source: Wikipedia
Everyone wants more: more time with loved ones, more work done, more money, more progress on personal goals. But we never seem to have enough time for all the things we want to do. We run out of clock before we run out of items on our to-do list.
What’s the solution? Efficiency? Productivity? Multitasking? There’s an entire efficiency industry devoted helping to do more stuff in less time. We can read about “The Seven Minute Workout,” and be a “One Minute Manager.” This book was humorously followed by the “59-Second Employee.” But what’s next? “The 30-Second Family”?
Two decades ago David Brooks wrote an essay called, “The Organization Kid,” about highly motivated college students. One told him about her strategy for studying while sleeping. As she dozed off, she would recite a math problem or paper topic to herself. Then, when she was asleep, her unconscious mind would kick in and keep working, and she would dream about the solution. Immediately after waking, she would write down the solution and begin her day.
Is this the answer? Endless hours of meetings, memos, reports, and more meetings, followed by a night of slumbering problem-solving? When do we give ourselves time to think, to reflect, to listen? Do we need an app for that?
We live in a world that takes everything we give, and then some. We need to set boundaries, to establish priorities, to determine what we can and can’t do. The market has become rightly concerned about sustainable business practices, like a business’s carbon footprint, or how much water and other resources they consume, or how well they treat their workers and communities.
It’s up to each of us to establish sustainable living.
Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
Charter Trust Company
“The Best Trust Company in New England”