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Tim Urban's 100 blocks

Tim Urban's 100 blocks
By Ngoiri Migwi • Issue #14 • View online
Hey friends,
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!
Ngoiri.

Interesting Stuff This Week
  1. Short story- Last week I read this interesting short story by Roald Dahl called Lamb to the Slaughter. In less than 4 pages Roald Dahl manages to put his readers at the crossroads of morality in a humorous yet shocking story!
  2. Poem-Sharon Olds free verse poem, Rite of Passage, is probably one of my favorite. This because in a simple fashion without the abstractness that is often used in poetry she tells us the story of how society stereotypes men from a young age.
  3. You tube-This one is just for that extra emphasis on time management.
How to gain control of your free time | Laura Vanderkam
Notes to keep
Jesus invented soap so that we might all elect to smell like essence of lavender and vanilla whenever we want.
-Luvvie Ajayi-I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual


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