Lessons I’ve learned from the master of “relax” – a cat. If you ask me to define relaxed, I would point to a cat.
I used to work with George, who prided himself on being lazy. Every time a new gadget came out that would do the work in a tenth of the time he bought it and thought he could take it easy.
Then one day I completely disconcerted George when I pointed out that he wasn’t making life easier. He was doing the same amount of work and producing ten times the output. That was great for the boss, but not for George.
There are so many great ideas out there. Each day there seem to be several new inventions that let you get more done with less effort. Great.
Some of the ideas need more work done on them. I would like to backup my computer onto 512GB thumb drives for instance. The trouble is that the more pieces of electronic memory there are, the more likely it is that some of them will fail. 512GB means five hundred and twelve thousand thousand million bytes and a byte is ten little pieces of memory.
I’m not worried. Ten years ago, the idea of having a memory of only 64GB that didn’t forget everything when it was switched off was out of the question.
It will come, and when it does, I’ll let you know. It would certainly make life easier for all the small business people who wanted a reliable backup.
The author of Star Trek would be amazed at the gadgets that you can now strap to your wrist.
Hiking without GPS
Here in West Australia there is a walking trail that is several hundred miles long, called the Bibbulmun track. One day I was following a map to walk along the track. The only problem was that the forrestry workers just bulldoze extra roads to wherever they are working, and these are never shown on the map.
I stopped to eat my packed lunch, then set out to decide which way was North by looking at the shadows. But the sun was overhead.
After an hour or two there were shadows pointing roughly Sou’-Sou’-East and I could continue my walk. If you lose your way you die of thirst.
With the right gadget on my wrist nowadays I couldn’t get lost unless my battery got flat. Ouch.
Back to George
George noticed that the cat worked hard, but called nobody “Boss”. What’s more, it didn’t mind stopping work at any time to go to sleep. So George went to Central America…the land of Manana, where tomorrow never comes. He would work for himself, and enjoy life, learning about taking it easy from the locals.
He would have a laptop computer to save him all the paperwork. The cat could define relax but he was sure that he could really make life easy with all the microchip gadgets that were about.
The last time that I heard from George, he was working for himself 80 hours a week, and didn’t have time to meet the locals to absorb their laid back attitude.
I’m thinking about joining him. It shouldn’t take me long to keep this blog going and tell you about the new time saving ideas to relax and make your life easier.
I suppose if gadgets save me eight hours a day I would need some exercise… If I walk 20 miles a day, that should leave me some time to go shopping at the markets… Then I’ll just have to spend a few hours cooking… I’ll show George the right way to make life easier and more fun.