The toothbrush. I have a fancy one now.
It’s got a built-in timer.
No matter how fast I brush my teeth, I’m only done when the two-minute timer ends. (Unless I click Stop before the timer goes, but that’s cheating.)
Some evenings, in a hurry, I realize I’m scrubbing furiously and holding my breath, hoping that faster brushing will make it end quicker and I can get on with being asleep. But all that happens is I discover I am not breathing, and I’m am moving with irrational quickness.
The same thing happens to me at work when I’m overwhelmed: I act fast, hold my breath.
I need to bring toothbrushing lessons to work:
It’s only done when it’s done. Breathe deeply, focus on the task at hand.