What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?~E. M. Forster
If It Was Good Enough For Ben…
I’m working on figuring out my Life, 2.0. Until recently, I was still living on a 9 to 5 schedule, even though I’ve been home for a year. Out of habit, I was sticking to a limiting use of my day and not using the freedom that I am so lucky to have right now.
My days were packed with flurries of activity and offset by times of non-productive time wasting. I was doing work to stay busy, without accomplishing much.
I decided to change this…
I’ve been studying the daily schedules of different successful people in history. There’s a huge variety in how each handled their time to be most productive.
Benjamin Franklin’s schedule stood out to me as a good balance of work and enjoying life. I decided to give it a try, with some minor tweaks.
Take a look at how he structured his day… It seems almost ideal to me.
I now get up at 5:15 am and start working around 7:30. This gives me over two hours in the morning to do whatever I want, and not work.
I used to jump out of bed and start working within a half hour… I like the free time better.
Enjoying Life Instead Of Just Living
It got cool last night, so as soon as the sun came up I went outside to enjoy the morning… Our fruit trees just got their leaves back so I decided to walk out and check how they’re doing.
I walked around a bit, not really checking the trees… They’re fine, and besides, they have their flamingo bodyguards to take care of them.
It was nice to not be “doing something” and taking the time to just be. Max the cat wanted in on this… He’s a master of not doing and just being.
Sometimes I forget he’s not a garden statue. He followed me around this morning though… Maybe he’s inspired by the new schedule too.
Max and I stood around and enjoyed not being pressured to be working, yet. This schedule is going to work for me, I think. Eight hours of work will still be done during the day, but it’s broken up, and time is allocated for enjoying life.
What About You?
Are you still following a schedule out of habit that doesn’t quite work for you? Research how successful people form the past used their time.
Not all of us have the luxury of creating a brand new schedule for our lives. But I bet there are things you can change that will bring more happiness and lessen your stress… Think about it, and make changes if you can. What’s stopping you?