Your pockets are your first line of defense against having an unproductive day. They’re where you carry your most useful tools. With your wallet, keys, and phone always within arm’s reach, you’re ready to take on the day.
Most days, anyway. Eighty percent, sure. Maybe even ninety percent.
Then there are days where you need something more. Something too big or too awkward to fit in your pockets. Something small, but not needed frequently enough to carry it in your pockets. Something you’ll want to have nearby if you need it, without having to think too much about it.
This is where your bag comes in.
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You can’t calm the storm so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.
A budget is what happens when you tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. At the beginning of the month, you create a written plan for your spending. The month won’t go exactly as planned, and you’ll need to make some adjustments, but a detailed, written budget is one of the best indicators of whether your net worth is going to up or down.
You don’t just need a budget for your money, you need a plan for how you’re going to spend your time. The good news is that temporal budgeting is a lot like financial budgeting. If you know how to budget your money, you already know how to budget your time.
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Lost time is never found again.
My grandfather was a master carpenter. When he worked, he wore a carpenter belt that carried his tools. He always had what he needed the most, right there.
Your pockets don’t hold as much as a carpenter belt, but they’re still the best place to put the tools you need most often.
If you got up and went outside right now, what could you do? Would you be able to get back in? Make your way home? Save a life? With a little planning, you can do a lot with what you have on you.
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Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
LEGO pieces are one of the most popular toys ever. You’ve played with them. Your kids have played with them. You’ve probably stepped on the ones your kids have left out.
Can you imagine how boring LEGO pieces would be if they only came in 2×3 bricks? And were all grey? No rummaging through a pile in search of just the right piece to finish your creation. If you don’t like that one piece, you’re out of luck.
That would make for a miserable toy! Yet sometimes it seems like we’re intent on building our lives with just that one brick.
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I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
Whether your planning system is digital or paper-based, it needs to let you capture ideas and information quickly. The more time and energy it takes to change gears, capture what you need to, and get back to what you were going, the more you’re going to lose your stride, and the longer it’s going to take you to recover.
This is why I love OmniFocus’s quick entry panel. As soon as the “I need to…” thought enters my mind, I’m just a keystroke away from recording it in OmniFocus’s Inbox. I can capture calendar events with Fantastical or Siri almost as easily.
Setting up capture for my daily record of events wasn’t as easy. I use Evernote to keep a record of what I do, and I couldn’t find a turnkey solution for capturing notes that I like. Evernote’s menu bar app lets you create a new note easily, but I want to create a note with a very specific title and in a certain notebook, or append to today’s note if it already exists.
It was nothing a little AppleScript couldn’t fix.
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Jack London’s Credo
I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.