You know,…those occupations we perform that keep life flowing. Those (mostly) self-imposed duties that keep us from real living. The perpetual actions that don’t contribute to noticeable forward progress. The errands we execute that may even be termed drudgery.
When I lived in San Francisco some time ago, a good friend of mine commented upon retiring at 40, that he noticed personal maintenance constituted about 20% of his non-sleep time. He had a small home and lived alone so he was talking about routine chores like laundry, cleaning, personal care, preparing meals, washing up the kitchen, etc., — all the small jobs that come with independently keeping a healthy home and body.
Housewives and homemakers with kids peg the maintenance percent much higher, closer to the inverse of my friend, 80% or above. We all conduct maintenance, whether brushing teeth, going to the gym, or filling the car’s gas tank. Continue reading