Great article! Reminds me of the old saying,
“You have to go slow to go fast”
I think back to the time before smartphones and the internet. The downtime and inefficiencies let us engage in so many more compound time activities.
- I would take a book with me to read in the waiting room when I had a doctor or dentist appointment.
- When I was at IBM, I remember sitting with a notebook to sketch ideas while I waited (and waited) for my old PS2 to boot up OS2.
- Long flights were great for hours of reading and napping.
Now, with ubiquitous wireless (even on flights), our smartphones and laptops beckon and there is no more “downtime.”
As you say, we now have to force ourselves to weave it into our lives.