Benjamin Franklin’s Daily Schedule
(via Nick Bilton)
I’m not sure I could ever adhere to a schedule quite this rigorous, but something along these lines has been working well for me lately. In particular I’ve been trying dive into work early in the morning (working from home helps a lot of course), finish the day’s tasks early enough that I’ve still got time for exercise or other non-work diversions before dinner, and make more time for (book) reading in the course of the day.
When you’re a person who works alone, and whose fortunes are completely dependent on your own day-to-day productivity, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of working all the time (particularly when your work requires you to operate on the Maker’s Schedule). Franklin’s plan is an inspiration to me because it reminds me why I went down the tough road of being an indie developer in the first place: to live a more balanced, reflective life.