It is easy to take things for granted, yet the little things we do can add up in many ways. As I’ve simplified my life, I began to pay attention to even the simplest of routines. I’d ask myself why I performed the routine, how long it took, and if that routine could be modified or (even better) eliminated.
To my surprise, I spend almost an hour a day just fooling with my hair. It’s rather long, so each morning I have to comb out the tangles and treat the ends before I place it in a bun for my day. During the day as the bun shifts, I have to recreate the bun. In the evenings after work I have to scrub it, occasionally giving it a good soak to eliminate the dust that has caked in spots, afterwards taking time to dry and comb it before bed.
One hour a day. Over a week, that’s seven hours. Over a month, that’s over a day just spent fooling with my hair.
I’d allowed my hair to grow out because I thought it would save me time. Less time at the hairdresser. Less time styling it since I perpetually wear it up. It hasn’t worked out as well as I thought it had, but I’d taken the results for granted.
I ran a few calculations on the subject after the discovery. If I get it cut short, I’ll still have to invest time into styling it, plus I’d have to count the hours worked at my job to pay for the trips to the hairdresser and the additional products needed to style it. There isn’t much savings between long and short hair in this situation, which surprised me.
So what should one do? An hour a day is a lot of time over the course of a year. What would you do if your time was important to you?