Deliberate Inefficiency

knead by cesarastudillo
Sewing is inefficient. It’s faster and (usually) cheaper to buy your clothes than to make them.

Handwriting letters is inefficient. E-mail! Text messages! Get with the 21st century, right?

Making artisan French bread (a three day process!) might win the ultimate prize in inefficiency.

Here’s the deal though: There’s so much satisfaction in the making. In process. In creation. In being without doing.

Keep calm and go sloooooooowwwww.

Chew on this:
I recently started using the beta web version of Lift. An app that helps folks achieve their goals and track habits they’re trying to cultivate. There are 9,177 people trying to cultivate the habit of “Stop and enjoy life.” They are cultivating slowness. And being deliberately inefficient.

When you stop to smell the flowers, write a letter (lick the envelop, adhere the stamp and walk it to the mailbox), or spend twenty blissful minutes with your hands in bread dough you are cultivating the art of deliberate inefficiency.

Deliberate inefficiency is a quiet and enjoyable act of defiance against our fast-paced, I’m-too-busy-to-notice-much-less-enjoy-life.

Inhale. Exhale. Ahhhhhhh…

Photo Credit: cesarastudillo

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