I vacillated for an extra day, but in the end, decided to get rid of most of the beard. In some ways, I liked having a long beard, but what decided me was that my beard is kind of wispy, and looked ragged. If it were fuller, I probably would have kept the full length.
So I took a mirror and scissors out to the trash barrel outside, and clipped off most of it before finishing off with the beard trimmer. It’s still a full beard, but it’s a lot neater looking.