Manage your time
- “I think of every day as having about 2.5 blocks of constructive time in it (apart from eating, taking a shower and sleeping). A block is a non-fixed amount of time sufficient to really settle into something that requires care and attention,” Maidman explains. He developed this system many years ago when he began to understand the difficulty of doing everything he hoped to do. It’s remained the core of his practice.
- For example, if you have a full-time job, that might be 1.5 of your blocks. If you’re married, it might require another half block on a weekday to participate in your relationship with love and attention. So, you’ve got a half block left over. “You can use that to go to the gym, clean the bathroom or write your novel,” says Maidman.
- Use a quarter block “like a ninja.” Maidman suggests reading, brainstorming or planning logistics for a project. “All of those things can make real contributions without being long sit-down activities.”
Whichever way you choose to view time, we can all agree it’s valuable. Saving time can add up to increased efficiency, happier home life and a saner you. Here’s to enjoying life — and getting those dream projects done.
Stacy Suaya is a frequent slow cooker user. The Los Angeles-based writer's work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, C Magazine and Robb Report.
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