The weight of repetitive tasks

As I write this, they are putting up a brick wall outside my window.

Each brick weighs about five pounds. There are a thousand bricks in this wall. And each brick is moved, one by one, from the truck to the cart through the wall. Over time, any inefficient move is indeed costly. Watching professionals do it gives me more admiration than ever for their dedication and grace.

If we’re lucky enough to be working indoors, with free snacks and podcasts in the background, we might not be physically exhausted like we would moving thousands of pounds of bricks. But the cognitive and emotional toll of repetitive tasks is real, even if it doesn’t leave calluses.

Discipline is investing once in getting your workflow done right instead of paying a penalty for poor digital hygiene every day.

Cutting your way through something “yet” belies your commitment to your job and your posture as a professional. Get the right flow, like hauling bricks.

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