[verb/idiom; Pronunciation: /stuhk/]
- Definition: Not being able to get loose off something, to get over a certain way of thinking, or find a way out of that box you’ve been hiding in for years. You’re stuck because you won’t allow change in or because there is no more room for change. Or is there??
“I think it’s a fallacy that the harder you practice the better you get” – Buddy Rich
There is something I forgot to mention about the Dutch when coming up with my last special edition Summary, which is that we tend to focus on efficiency in practically everything we do. No matter the situation, we are always thinking of newer, better, faster and improved ways of getting the job done, whatever the job in question is. Be it working in the garden, cycling to the city centre, or taking a shower, you name it, we improve it. Time is money and we always have too little of either.
I do the same with my daily endeavours. I have come up with the most efficient way for me to get up in the morning, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, get dressed and get moving.
I have found the best way to shower, which is wash my hair, wash my face, wash my hair again (really, you should try it! The first time your shampoo only gets rid of the grease in your hair, but the second time it starts working its magic!), wash my back, then the rest of my body and voila! Done.
And finally, when I go to bed, I have yet another ritual that’s been perfected in its execution: undo make-up, wash face, brush teeth, brush lips (I am not crazy, this helps prevent getting dry lips), use hand cream.
And I could name a few more.
But my efficiency fallacy is, with all that efficient action going on, I now feel stuck. When I was still in the process of figuring out the most efficient ways to shower and get up in the morning, I seemed happier. But now that I have come to the conclusion my rituals are perfected to their limits, there seems no point to enjoy them any more.
Which got me thinking: is doing something efficient still efficient if it loses its purpose of making you happy? Or am I not allowed to enjoy taking a shower, because who does, really?
Just like most people, I am stuck on the idea that efficiency is the same as effectiveness, which is not. The first is all about getting the job done with as few resources and effort as possible, the latter is simply getting the job done.
So what happens if “the job” changes from taking a shower to enjoy taking a shower?
I must experiment with this. There is no use in living your highly efficient life if you can’t enjoy it, so it seems worth a try to turn over a different leaf.
But if my OCD won’t let me do things differently because OMG the world could stop spinning if you eat breakfast in your clothes rather than your pyjamas (I am a messy eater and I don’t want to start the day by spilling food on my clothes), I really should take up yoga. I mean, I have never really done yoga before, so there’s plenty of room for improvement there.
And efficiency, as my non-existent yoga skills could definitely get more efficient.