Today, Dave Pollard of How to Save the World Blog wrote an interesting formula for how each day should be spent, which I copy here:
- 9 hours a day for sleeping and personal hygiene
- 2 hours a day for physical exercise — running, meditation, working out, yoga, hiking etc.
- 3 hours a day for play — learning things you love, having non-competitive fun, just paying attention and being in the moment, and expressing love and joy in different ways
- 3 hours a day for meaningful conversation — not small-talk, conversations with intention (this time could include meal-times)
- 2 hours a day for reflection — thinking, reading/watching/listening to actionable information and stimulating entertainment content, and deciding, thinking ahead, considering what it all means and what needs to be done as a result
- 2 hours a day for creation — writing, model-building, sketching, composing
- 3 hours a day for action — first/next steps towards doing important things, productive actions that make the world a better place
- 0 hours a day doing work that isn’t one of the above types of activities
- 0 hours a day for administration, paperwork, ‘non-value-added’ work
- 0 hours a day driving to and from places
- 0 hours a day shopping
- 0 hours a day waiting
- 0 hours a day for chores
- 0 hours a day for small talk
- 0 hours a day for reading/watching/listening to mindless, unactionable stuff
I like the general idea. I don’t agree with 0 hours a day for chores, as that implies you are hiring a slave to do various maintenance work for you – unless, of course, you’re ethereal, and don’t have any connection to the physical world.
The general idea is that life should be filled with things that you want to do. Let’s assume that the promise of technology has been delivered – people are liberated from mindless, laborious tasks – and unprecedented opportunities for freedom, self-expression, creativity, meaningful work, and leisure have arrived.
So I decided to take a poll from you who read this:
Today, are you doing primarily what you want want to do (voluntary action), or are you primarily doing something that you have to do (coercion)?
Without mincing words: are you free, or are you a slave? Please tell us the truth, and we’ll tally up the results and report on this later. We would really like to know how many of you are satisfied with what you are doing with your life, whether you are addressing your true needs, or whether you wish you could be doing something better. This is part of our market research on Gross National Happiness.