Year's end has always been the most stressful period of the year, with audits, traveling between sites, dealing with emergencies and attending endless planning sessions, that are all contributing to leave me in a state of total exhaustion.
But I have watches, books and coffee.
I'm not trying to sell these as a cure for tiredness, not for something like year's end where even coffee is losing its effectiveness. It's something more subtle.
Take a look above, it's just a photo of a watch right? Well it's not just a photo. Sure, it's a Max Bill and the red on the lume and date hints at it being a higher end "Bauhaus" variant, but that's not the point.
The point is that it took me time to wait for the sun to rise just so that it provided enough light to take a photo but it's still dark enough to tell that it's very early in the morning. The close up angle also tell that I had to steady my hands somehow and that it wasn't a snap shot. It took time and that's the trick.
Take your time. Learn to use tools that requires thinking and attention and you will gain a better appreciation on how to plan ahead instead of rushing from one crisis to another. I'm not advocating washing the laundry in a tub or mowing the lawn with a sickle but in my case I learned that wet shaving with an old school double edge razor let me relax and think because it force me to slow down and that I'm more attentive when driving a manual shift car.
And yes, it also applies to wearing an obsolete mechanical watch instead of strapping on a Smartwatch. It gave me a better appreciation of time and let me focus on my priorities instead of being sucked into the endless stream of notifications coming from my wrist.
And so, back to the Max Bill: wearing a dial pared to the minimum is my way to start another hectic day.
I'm a big fan of watches that are interesting because they are either unique, have interesting features, well designed or simply offer a great value for their price.