About Time and Other Related Travails

Let's begin with a couple of observations:

  1. A human needs about eight good hours of sleep - regardless of how much less or more they actually get.
  2. Standard work convention is about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (40 hours a week, normally 09:00 - 17:00 aka the infamous 9-5)

Given that I'm an early riser and I want to get my required quota of sleep everyday, two eight-hour chunks of my time are already blocked. All I have for everything other than work or sleep are two four-hour blocks - one in the morning and one in the evening.

This really puts the paucity of time in perspective and shows the importance of:
- trivial use of available time (are series/movies/videos/messaging really that important?)
- structured expenditure of time (a shout out to time tables from the old school days)
- not working beyond 8 hours in a day (BIG shout out to Jason and DHH from Basecamp)
- not working on weekends (extended S/O to Jason and DHH)
- microgoals and timelines (targets and deadlines: in corporate speak)