“Creative 53% Teaching 28% Other 19% ... That, he explains, is a running tally of how he’s spending his time ... These aren’t ballpark guesstimates. Mr. Collins, who is 51, keeps a stopwatch with three separate timers in his pocket at all times, stopping and starting them as he switches activities.” - 2009 NYT piece on Jim Collins
It is week three of my blank-page life. I’ve never had fewer places I have to be. So what am I doing? One big theme has been how I manage time itself. Having a clear, unobstructed calendar to shape has lent itself to experimenting with some time management ideas that I think would translate back to work. So below is not only what I'm filling my weeks with, but how.
"Making Time" is the number one obstacle to learning. I saw it again and again with people at M5 that just couldn't show up to do the work needed move their careers ahead. But when something is really important - like a family member in the hospital - somehow we manage to keep everything going. I often think of getting off the cardio-machine in the gym when it hurts, but I don't, because I already did the work of getting my butt on the thing. There's a lot to be said for showing up where and when you want to, and it isn't always easy. So, to try and make sure I'm controlling my time during this period of limitless distraction, I baked a pie chart.