Issue #17 - Design Your Day

do less, start an amazing time journal, and plan for the day

Happy Friday!

I used to have a terrible relationship with time until I faced my avoidance. In today’s letter, I will share some practices and frameworks to help you better manage your time.

1) do less.

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. — Michael Porter

The same principle applies to time management. If you have trouble saying no, try these two tips from Naval Ravikant:

  1. Set your hourly rate and stick to it: Twenty years ago, Naval set his hourly rate to $5000. Looking back, he found that it worths at least $1000/hr. If you are not sure where to start, just pick one until you can get enough items off your plate.

  2. Have a clean calendar: Be too busy for coffee. Try to cut meetings out of your life and reduce the remaining ones into phone, email, or text. I have been cutting down on video calls since COVID and found it very liberating.

2) start an amazing time journal.

Do you know which activity gives you the most/least joy? Do you know where your time has magically gone?

We are cognitively biased to overestimate the time spent on challenges and underestimate the time spent on play. It is impossible to plan for things without knowing how long things actually take, so start tracking how you spend your time today!

👉🏻Check out my amazing time journal template here.

3) design your day.

Every morning, write down how you want this day to unfold, hour by hour, in the past tense (as if it has already happened).

Start your day with the most important things: sleep, exercise, meditation, core work, and fill in the rest. Make sure every important thing, including rest and play, has a time slot in your calendar.

At the end of the day, debrief what worked/didn't work and what you want to keep for the next day. Do this repeatedly for the next 1-2 weeks.

If you are uncomfortable with the structure, it might be because you already knew that you signed up for more than you could do. If that’s the case, go to step 1 and say no. 😉

Happy Planning,