Last week the power cord for my laptop broke.

Broken things are annoying and inconvenient as you know all too well, I’m sure.

In my case, my laptop serves as my entertainment center, communications device and workstation all in one. So last week was a bit tedious at times as I waited for my new power cord to arrive.

I spent an hour at the library each day using one of the computers there.

You get only one hour at the computer and a countdown clock in the upper right corner constantly reminds you of how much time you have left. When the hour is up, the computer logs you out and you can’t get back on.

Needless to say I was highly focused and productive during that hour.

It was like sprinting instead of going out for a stroll.

I wouldn’t necessarily want a countdown clock visible from the corner of my eye at all times.

I don’t want to sprint through life all the time either.

But there’s something to be said for artificially limiting your options from time to time.

In fact,  even though my laptop has a fully functional power cord now, I plan to use the library computer at least a couple of times per week  (I’m using it right now).

The countdown click reminded me of another thing…people like to be done.

How many times have you sat through a meeting, talked on the phone, worked on a task at the computer, cleaned the refrigerator, pulled weeds, etc. and said “I want this to last longer!”

Having moments each day when you can say “The End” helps a lot.

Hey, there’s 27:47 minutes left on the countdown clock. I can now hit “publish” and say “The End.”


Filed under: Reflections


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