I’ve been working out a 168-hour timeline for the week, planning out days. Without overlap, it looks something like:
- 56 hours – Sleep
- 50 hours – Job
- 10 hours – Writing
- 10 hours – Dining/meal prep/shopping
- 9 hours – Side hustle
- 7 hours – Reading for pleasure / studying
- 6 hours – Podcast & video recording/editing
- 6 hours – Yoga/exercise
- 4 hours – Music gigs
- 4 hours – Meditation
- 3 hours – Radio show
- 3 hours – Nothing
Now, I rarely sleep 8 hours per night. I haven’t been as faithful in my yoga practice as I should be. And I do write sometimes during gigs when I’m not singing. So there is overlap.
The problems come when other things creep in and I have to decide which items to omit from the daily list. And things will crop up. Date night (which should be every week). The film that I just have to say (a lot coming out this summer). And other activities that require some measure of concentration on my part – I’m thinking of the garage that needs an overhaul right now.
And I look at Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule in awe, and can’t help but wonder how he managed it. (Of course he didn’t, but it didn’t stop him from trying.)