Anybody who tells you they can’t find time to read is lying.
All you need to doo
is read while you poo
Most people drop a deuce at least once a day, for at least 5 minutes. Therefore, most people have at least 29 hours to read every year1.
However, most dumps are more than 5 minutes. A book might be especially interesting that day. Or you have a bad case of diarrhea. Whatever it is, it is not far-fetched to expect a 15 minute dump at least twice a week. This can add up to 26 extra hours per year2, which amounts to a total of almost 55 hours per year.
How many books does this afford? Most books not named Gravity’s Rainbow can be read in 6 to 12 hours. Therefore, most people have time to read 4 to 9 books a year. All while hitting the can.
A year ago, I bought a copy of Things in an ambitious bid to change my life. I spent weeks perfecting my workflow, setting myself up to “trust the process” as they say. And it initally worked well. I was knocking off todos left and right. But it turns out I don’t have the capacity (or at least the willingness) for ten todos everyday. Eventually, I ignored the app, leaving my goals to rot. A poor todo system is better than an abandoned one.
So I’ve wiped the slate clean. Aside from small, routine tasks, I schedule only one major todo every day. What is major? Anything with friction, usually things that materially push you towards your goals. You can only overcome so much friction in one day.
It seems to work. Consistency is easier when there are fewer things in the fray. Consistency is easier when you aim to do what you can.
Walking into my local grocery store on Friday night was a bit surreal. Multiple sections of the grocery were empty: pasta, toilet paper, paper towels, bottle water, the entire produce and meat sections. Apparently most of this stuff had been cleared out by 9AM.
“I have no words for what happened this morning,” said my cashier. “You should come tomorrow morning if you need to stock up,” she added, noticing my meager order of just a small case of sparkling water and a bag of tortilla chips. Sparkling water and corn tortilla are apparently not on most customers’ apocalypse lists. And if your town is anything like mine, the mobs that already beat you to the grocery store most likely did not clear the shelves of its (most likely modest) selection of canned fish. COVID or “NO”-VID, I’ve yet to meet the kindred spirits of the sardine aisle.
This is not to say I’ve not stocked up. I have. I too will bunker down for a little while. The advice is to stay at home, after all. And amidst the uncertainty, it’s good to stay on the safe side.
Some links to keep on top of the latest developments:
A bowl of ramen is typically $12-18 at restaurants I go to. And when I finish a bowl, there’s always leftover broth that inevitably gets thrown away. What a shame to waste a perfectly fine broth. So this time, I took it home, froze it, and plan to pair it with a fine pack of store bought noodles. I suspect it’ll last me two more bowls. And that’s how a bowl of ramen becomes ramen for days. Take home your broths!
It looks like you can now keep Low Power Mode on iPhone always on via a Shortcuts Automation.