One of two things is true: either you will experience chaos in life, or you are setting your sights drastically too low. With even medium-sized goals, you're going to occasionally run into a time where you've underestimated a project, or someone has slacked and pushed work onto your plate, or a great opportunity arose and you had to scramble to try to take advantage. If this happens to you constantly you're probably doing something wrong, but the same is true if it never happens.
What you'd really want in these cases is to be able to bank time. You save up money partially so that if your car breaks down you don't have to pay for it all out of your next paycheck. If only you could do the same with time, storing up spare minutes here and there for when things really get chaotic.
You actually can do that, though, it just doesn't happen at Wells Fargo. In fact, I'm doing it now.
I'm on a flight from Tokyo to Melbourne right now. Nine hours, and most people are using the time watching movies or playing games on their phone. And most of them are probably on vacation from work anyway, so it makes sense.
But I'm about to go on a cruise where I'll be focused on getting a ton of work done. Internet access will range from non-existent to intermittent, and won't overlap with when I want to post things. The distance from land and "ship time" time zone make it inconvenient to keep track of when things should be written and posted. In the past I've realized all of a sudden that it's Friday morning in the US and I need to get a post ready immediately.
So on this flight I looked at a calendar and saw that I need to get four posts written, edited, and queued. That's probably two hours of somewhat mentally taxing work, but I can easily get the writing done on this flight. And then when the chaos of the cruise comes along, I don't have to think about it.
I'm not always the best at this, as you may guess if you're a regular reader and you see that my posts sometimes slip until Friday night or Saturday morning. So it's a work in progress for me, as it may be for you as well.
It's just another angle from which to look at time: what can I do now that will make my life easier in the future? I know that in this moment I have the time and space to do work that has to get done at some point anyway-- may as well take advantage rather than count on good logistics in the future. Get tons done now when it's calm. That's how you weather a storm.
If you're in Sydney, I will be at the Rabbit Hole Tea House today (Friday April 22) at 2pm. My good friend Leo Babauta will also be there, as will at least a couple readers. Come down and hang out for an hour or so!
Photo is from the Victoria National Gallery in Melbourne. I was so pumped that they had a Hokusai Great Wave woodblock that I woke up early, waited in line to get in, and took an expensive Uber to the airport... only to find that it's not on display! Crazy, because it's one of the pillars of their collection. The rest of the museum was okay but not spectacular, although the special Ai Wei Wei exhibit was great.
The photo is a glittery modern piece from their collection.
I woke up yesterday morning prepared to grind away at Cruise Sheet all day. This is actually a great type of day for me-- I love non-workout days when I have the whole day to block off and make huge amounts of progress. I always start the same way, though: tea and email.
In my email I had an offer for two free tickets to Nicki Minaj in Las Vegas at the new T-Mobile arena. I was in San Francisco. I immediately reserved them and emailed friends to see if anyone wanted to come. My friend Lenore, whose go-to Karaoke song is Super Bass, snagged a cheap flight and agreed to go.
I still got a ton of work done on the plane, but my day ended much differently than I had expected when I woke up.
The night before I was having dinner with a bunch of my friends. We talked about music, and people got on my case because I said that I wasn't a huge fan of any female artists. I'm not a big Nicki Minaj fan, although I do like a bunch of her songs and collaborations. The point being that I didn't go to Vegas because I was a huge Nicki Minaj fan, I went because it was a spontaneous adventure.
This Friday will mark an important date for all Apple lovers in Canada (including me) since we will be able to get our hands on the precious device. As you know, I'm an early adopter geek but I decided to wait for iPad 2 to come out knowing that it would have a lot of features that I would actually be using all the time. Here are the 3 most important ones:
So here it is, I'm definitively getting iPad2 this Friday and can't wait to start using all those great features. One thing though as I'm writing those lines, I'm still not sure which version I will get and still hesitating between 32 Gigs wifi or 3G (knowing that the iPhone can now be used as a wifi hotspot it makes the choice even harder)
Are you getting an iPad 2? what are your preferred features? which version are you getting?