How I organize my time

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. - Allen Saunders

I don’t like planning my day down to the minute. Life always gets in the way, or perhaps more accurately, the universe doesn’t care about my pitiful attempts at planning for the (near-immediate) future, she does as she pleases.

I still think it makes sense to plan for the future. I have ideas about what I’d like to be doing at 35, 40, 50, 60, and 70. Beyond that seems a bit too optimistic for my taste. All of those plans are based around what I value.

Values change over time, but generally not by much. For example, I value my health, and always will. How I’ll go about maintaining and improving it does change. I love running currently, but I don’t know how long I can keep doing it. Maybe I’ll injure my knee some day and have to adapt.

My calendar is meant to remind me of my long-term commitments; be it birthdays, deadlines, or appointments. Nothing else is on there. I first started doing this in college when I was taking on more credits (89ECTS) than the average student (60ECTS) and succeeded.

I organize my day around ‘blocks of time’. I allocate one ‘health’ block, and two ‘focus’ blocks to any single day. It doesn’t matter when I do them. This blog post was written in the wee hours of the morning. It only took me about half an hour. I don’t care about how many hours I work on any single day, as long as it’s focused and deliberate. When I get back home, around dinner time, I’ll get a second ‘block’ of work out of the way.

It’s truly enjoyable to live this way, my productivity is off the charts, and I get to spend time with loved ones when it matters. I wish everyone could live like this.

Created on July 20, 2021
Published on July 20, 2021