Last week, I had a lovely conversation with two of my friends on time management. Naturally, I found myself drawing back to one of my favorite articles, Tim Urban’s 100 blocks a day
. For me, this thinking about time as blocks is the foundation for managing time.
Most people sleep about seven or eight hours a night. That leaves 16 or 17 hours awake each day. Or about 1,000 minutes. Let’s think about those 1,000 minutes as 100 10-minute blocks. That’s what you wake up with every day. Throughout the day, you spend 10 minutes of your life on each block until you eventually run out of blocks and it’s time to go to sleep.
Tim then asks us to try and evaluate these time blocks. Is spending 10 blocks scrolling through social media worth your time? That supposedly leaves you with 90 blocks. How many of the blocks do you set aside in making your life better for the future you? Are 2 blocks worth setting aside time to read a book? Are zoom calls worth 12 blocks?
I am attaching a link
with a recreation of Tim’s 100 blocks that you can try and fill or shade or even print out just to see how you would think about how you spend your time. Of course, the notion here is not to follow using each block carefully but to pause and ask yourself whether some aspects of your life are worth as many blocks as you currently give them.
Have a great week ahead!