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Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Earlier this month I wrote about dividing up my waking hours in a day into 10 segments of 1.5 hours each, and then how 60% of that was for maintaining activities and 40% for advancing. That seemed a bit skewed at the time, and it was. The intended maintaining activities beginning remain roughly the same, but with only 4 of the segments bookending 6 segments of advancing instead of 6 bookending 4. The ratio is flipped. 40% maintaining, 60% advancing—in theory.

I've also ditched trying to have a pre-structure for the 60% advancing time. Considering time as free time or margin time is better than trying to have a plan for every waking moment.

One interesting numerical coincidence of this new plan is the first two segments and the last two segments occur at the same time, just offset by 12 hours.

This reminds me of a personal rule I once developed for myself for how to approach scheduling for various jobs. To the extent I either schedule myself or have opportunity to voice a preference in the matter, I need 12 hours in between appearances. I need a couple hours to wind down at the end of the day, 8 hours of sleep, and a couple hours to get going in the morning. Sure there can be anomalies now and then, but they need to be that—anomalies. Over the mid- and long-term, the 12-hour gap needs to hold on average.

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