I used the common term lazy even though I understand that I’m not really lazy. Do I though? It’s clear that I expend energy trying to save energy. I put a lot of effort into not putting a lot of effort into things. I go out of my way to try and lesson number of steps involved in everything in my life.
It’s Monday and I’m in a contemplating mood as I feed the cows this morning I have lessened the number of steps this task takes over the four months I’ve been doing it. I may have compromised the benefits of the cow in order to benefit me.
It’s a balance. A while ago I made up my mind that it was better to loosen the hay from the tightly packed bales so that the cows have a wider spread of hay and weren’t eating the compressed version. I still think this is probably true, but I also understand that their cows. They don’t really care as long as they eat until they are full and I confirmed that they have an internal mechanism that stops them from overeating although it may not be perfect if they’re eating compressed hay.
In either case I now have a compromise where I break the bales into smaller flakes of hay but I don’t shake it loose in the morning. Three bales of hay over the fence every morning takes me less time today than it did last month.
When I walked down to the farm I discovered I no longer need to lock the gates behind me because the cows are busy eating. I ignore the chickens on my way down instead of the way I used to do it. I watered the cows’ reservoir of water after the feeding on my way back to the chicken coop and these things have saved me time and energy as well.
If I was a wealthy farmer, I would have installed some form of automatic gate so that I didn’t have to actually go through that process of unchaining and reaching the gates each time. This would be especially time saving when I’m coming down here on the buggy. Opening and closing Gates is a major part of farming cows and an electric or automatic gate would be so much better.
In my head I’ve been inventing ways to do it as well as ways to automatically water the reservoirs as well. I now understand why so many inventions come from the farming world because when you do the exact same job once or twice a day for many years, you can’t help but think of ways to make that job easier. Over the centuries tractors went from tiny workhorses to gigantic mega tractors made by companies like Lamborghini. Anything to save a few minutes after that daily task.
The cows don’t seem to care they live a simple life. As long as they can eat and shit they seem happy.
I seem pretty happy too, at least by comparison to my last residence and my daily task of feeding the chickens and pig there. I am free to be innovative if I continue along this path I’m sure I will come up with ways to slice a few steps off my watering tasks and feeding the chicken tasks and searching for eggs in the morning.
I wonder if this is what efficiency experts do. They look at situations and see where to cut the steps or the staff to make a company more efficient. Maybe I’ll start calling myself the farm efficiency expert. It sounds better than lazy.