Your choice will double and your pains be halved.
I must be coming from an ancestry of gatherers the early specialization after the primordial foraging; I have a born inclination to keep looking around and finding things and an urge to understand what I found. The understanding that you found something part is the most important, as all people stumble on things constantly ... but ignore them because they do not care or see any value.
On my daily walk with my two dogs, I find coins lost, nuts fallen, wild strawberries, small fruit in the bushes, butterflies and lizards, I glimpse the one swallow not supposed to make spring, the change of tide in the Zeitgeist. When I read or talk with people, an amazing number of things I meet falls in place with my current interest or kindles unexpected thoughts. Wherever I learn something new, I soon meet many other related to it. Heavens! How little we know!
I will stop a moment at finding what other people missed.
Years ago I was offering posh workshops secluded in expensive country hotels endowed with inevitable golf courses. The work was intensive and I needed to relax during the breaks; my favourite was to stroll around the golf course and find as many lost balls as possible. I used to find amazingly many considering that people do their best to recover their material. The fun was to see where these balls remained invisible for the normal seeker and to interpret why they did overlook them and why I do find them.
Recently, in autumn, I like to find fallen nuts, especially after many other passers-by thought that there is nothing left. Most frequently, I fill my pockets. I do not need so many nuts but amuse myself with the same: why do those people miss the nuts. A few days ago, I saw the owner of a nut tree leaving with his ladder and pole and basket of nuts; I stopped and amassed at least a kilogram.
How did the farmer waste so many?
In both cases the first cause of not finding is not looking, probably by lack of sustained curiosity. The ruminant strain in us, opposed to the curiosity of the animals of prey does not encourage curiosity; we remember that curiosity killed the cat.
The second cause is knowing where things must be: the lost golf balls and the fallen nuts "must be" in reasonable positions. It is not so much that they are camouflaged by some blades of grass or leaves, but simply people have in mind a model of the "proper" places; the divergent spread outside the expected is, so to say, out of bounds for the normal person. They do not see them even in full light or in the middle of the road. they do not imagine the rolling, the wind and the awkward angle. Method prevents considering whatever does not fit its rules.
Probably, the deepest cause of not finding is our reason; not understanding that to be permanently on the lookout for something new and irregular is a very profitable attitude in life.
The strange thing is that in my wanderings I am not one to see details, I do not analyse everything: I rather grasp the shape of the whole and let myself observe what stands out; differences and likenesses. The instinct of the gatherer is a curiosity for dissimilar impressions; and I am alert because I sense potential promise, beauty and usefulness in everything; or threat.
The strategy of the gatherer and the seeker is radically different.
The seeker - who is a hunter - would go to the flea market - or the huge flea market that is the world around us - with a set vision of what he wants to find and get; he may discover - with luck - that thing he was after or instead he may prefer to create or build that which he seeks.
The gatherer is a modest innovator; he will not inspect the flea market to find this or that precise and usually rare thing he needs. He is out, open, to see what interesting things are there to find.
Let me observe that compared to the seeker, the gatherer will find a lot*.
The readiness to observe, listen, read and pick from the many things found is a pull-strategy, very different from the push of the seeker as yin is the opposite face of yang.
Besides understanding quickly enough that you found something and what you found, the gatherer approach requires flexibility and open tolerance to the unexpected. While you do busily what you are about to do, you need, additionally, lightness: to let your eye, your ear and free to roam and your thoughts to happen by themselves.
I have no merit in finding that the gatherer attitude gives serious advantage; I was born with it, I guess, my only credit may be to put it in words as a recipe for people who waste opportunity and energy because they do not do more to complete the sweat-squeezing toil of changing the world with the effortless, agile use of what is already at hand .
When you set what you want to achieve - in you life or in your day - leave plenty of space for the unplanned hold and fulcrum and the unexpected turns; too much planning kills the plan; advance-knowing blinds the eye.
*This not at all to claim that gathering and finding is superior to discovering or making. Superior is to combine the two attitudes.