Echoing my own feelings, Wolfram opens:
Seinfeld prides himself on being efficient. He always puts his bowl away with a spoon.
I have long believed that putting thought into your environment is an investment up front that lowers overhead so that you can execute. That reduced overhead is a dividend which compounds in the form of excess or higher quality reps.
Yinh sent me this article about Stephen Wolfram's personal organization system. It's a topic I enjoy but it was overkill even for me. But it's worth mentioning a few items from it.
"I’m a person who’s only satisfied if I feel I’m being productive. I like figuring things out. I like making things. And I want to do as much of that as I can. And part of being able to do that is to have the best personal infrastructure I can."
He notes the importance of being outdoors observing that his heart rate is lower outdoors even when he controls for steps taken. You have to read the article to see just how meticulous he is about self-measurement.
He refers to flat surfaces as "stagnation points" where paper and materials tend to accumulate. He makes sure that any flat surfaces are temporary, employing all sorts of pullouts. Perhaps not randomly, Yinh removed the decorative tray that adorned our kitchen island this weekend. The stagnation points idea seems like it can be extended metaphorically to lots of things in life.