Impatience and Inefficiency
Every time I’m standing in line at the grocery store, the same thought pops into my head: this is so grossly inefficient. As someone who is a mediocre programmer but a really excellent lazy person, I crave streamlining things – figuring out a way to stop repeating similar tasks, over and over again.
Waiting in the “10 items or less” line, I watched as other lines progressed faster. I’m not sure what was going on, but time seemed to drag as more and more people got into line and crowded the registers.
I began wondering when it was that I got so impatient. Did the rise of technology and mobile devices ruin my patience? With all the wonders and distractions available on my phone, why was I so bothered with waiting in line?
I do dream of the day where we no longer have to stand around and watch another person manually scan each of our items, one by one by one. I do feel like my ability to be patient has worsened over the years, but when I think of all the time I cumulatively spend in line at the grocery store… I want that time back.
What made matters worse: when I got home, I realized I had forgotten to get some items on my list. Which was on my phone. Which I failed to check. So I had to walk back to the grocery store again, and go through the whole process a second time.
How terribly inefficient of me.