Your Life In Blocks

I was surfing through the internet today, like I often do. I mean I like to pretend that I’m working but really, I’m just procrastinating. It’s something I do in life and as much as I would like to stop it as I know I could do a whole lot more if I did stop; I just can’t.

But at least if I’m surfing through sites for things that are relevant to my clients, I can sort of square it away with myself. Well almost!

This week I was looking through a blog written by a man called Tim Urban. Apparently, his blog is quite big in the States and I had caught a podcast where he was interviewed and so I thought I would check it out. The first post I read really resounded with me and made me question how I plan my time. To be honest, I don’t really plan my time but I guess that is the point.

Well Tim Urban thought about time in blocks of ten minutes. I envisage 144 little building blocks of ten minutes that made up your day.

I can imagine walking around with a wicker basket with the blocks of ten minutes stacked so high that some fall over the sides and I lose them. I can also be also be a little blasé with them as I go through the day, just throwing them around. 144 is quite a lot when you think about it. Right?

At the end of the day, the wicker basket would be filled up again and you can repeat the process in some never-ending game of Jenga until your time… runs… out…

But, we have to sleep. Most people would sleep between 7 and 8 hours every night, leaving you with roughly 100 blocks for the rest of the day.

100 blocks, that’s still quite a lot to throw about with wild abandon.

Then there’s work. If you work 8 hours a day, we are now down to 52 blocks of time that we have spare. And then there is cooking and eating. About 46 blocks left. Travelling to work, 40 blocks left.


Ermm, there aren’t that many blocks left when I think about it.


If you had a sheet with 40 squares on it you could then start to plan by writing in each block what you wanted to do for that period of time.

What would that look like? A few blocks with family or friends? Blocks spent learning new things? A few blocks down at the gym? I have no doubt whatsoever that those 40 blocks would be spent in a way that would leverage the most out of it. You don’t want to waste them.

If you had another sheet with the 40 squares on it and wrote down how you spent those 40 blocks yesterday. What would that look like?

Could you say that you spent that time wisely? Did you get the most from it? Or like me, did you spend some blocks unwisely, procrastinating and not really doing the things you should have?


Keep it simple




If you fancy checking out Tim’s blog post. Just click here


life in blocks


This was first published on Fitbox Blog in December 2017


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