End of the year exhaustion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wise words and nice pictures my friend.  I especially liked the part about not mowing the yard with a sickle, that would be ridiculous.  What you want is a scythe.  And before anyone starts in about gas-powered mowers, just shut up.  It's too late in the year for your nonsense.

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I like the vibe of your post and I’m not that distant from it.

- I don’t have time to rush

Has been my adopted frame of mind

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thekris

Wise words and nice pictures my friend.  I especially liked the part about not mowing the yard with a sickle, that would be ridiculous.  What you want is a scythe.  And before anyone starts in about gas-powered mowers, just shut up.  It's too late in the year for your nonsense.

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The Best Reel Mower for Your (Small) Lawn | Reviews by Wirecutter

I used one of these on a quarter acre for a few years. I wanted to slow down and see the progress in the yard. I also wanted some exercise because my schedule was otherwise filled. There were times when it about killed me. There were also times of clear thinking and relaxation.

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the father of all minimalism. thats a timeless beauty 😍

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Aurelian
The Best Reel Mower for Your (Small) Lawn | Reviews by Wirecutter

I used one of these on a quarter acre for a few years. I wanted to slow down and see the progress in the yard. I also wanted some exercise because my schedule was otherwise filled. There were times when it about killed me. There were also times of clear thinking and relaxation.

That’s what I currently use, but I’ve got about 1/97th of an acre.  I can’t say I had slowing down in mind so much as it seemed stupid to buy a real mower for such a little patch of grass.