I would venture to guess that anyone who values their time (and/or makes their own schedule) will occasionally wonder whether or not they are using this limited resource "wisely."
This leads to the related question of whether or not we are "living well" -- doing the right things, choosing the right goals, building the right habits, taking good care of our bodies and minds and spirits, and generally squeezing as much delicious life-juice out of each day as humanly possible.
For me, this desire to live maximally shows up as two distinct and alternating approaches:
On one end of the spectrum are periods of "extreme life/time optimization."
This looks like several months in a row of rising at 6am to fill two spacious hours with soul-enriching activities like meditating and stretching and reading and writing and -- if I'm feeling so bold -- occasionally turning the faucet all the way to blue at the end of the shower, before turning my (thoroughly invigorated) attention to the day ahead.
This is the part of me that enthusiastically recommends the book Miracle Morning and downloads the app that withholds your email except at one or two pre-determined times each day, so as to help you avoid wasting precious moments mindlessly hitting "refresh" and immediately reacting to whatever comes in next.
But sometimes, I can't help but feel somewhat ridiculous for managing my life and business in this "optimized" way.
... For spooning hemp powder into my green smoothie and listening to affirmations and consulting my calendar just to schedule a 15-minute call -- as though a younger and hipper version of myself is mocking my lame-adulthood from across the chasm of space-time.
At these times, I default to the other end of the spectrum, which might be generously summed up as: "I do what I want, when I feel like it."
Because, although I generally feel boatloads better operating at the optimized end of the spectrum, there will always persist a part of me that believes "living well" simply cannot be engineered with a formula -- no matter how "optimal" the formula may be.
... Has anyone else ever felt this way?
If so, this parody will give you a chuckle -- even as it hits close to home in places.
I hope it also serves as a reminder: not to take such things -- or yourself -- too seriously.