Friday 19 February 2021

What makes your most productive and joyful day?

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For health reasons initially I reduced my working hours a year ago from about 60 hours per week to around 25 today. I’ve also rejuvenated my life in many other ways. I’m ten times more productive than I was and lead a more joyful life.

One of my favourite authors is the young historian Rutger Bregman. He suggests shorter workweeks could help reduce accidents, combat climate change, make the genders more equal, and a whole lot more.

In this 2017 article Rutger quotes the famous British economist John Maynard Keynes who predicted in 1930 that by 2030, we’ll be working just fifteen hours a week. I might be onto something!

What makes your most productive and joyful day

Most of my week days go like this:

  • I rise around 8 AM after eight hours sleep and do some meditation based on heart energy and getting in touch with my unique rhythm.
  • I then work for about an hour.
  • An exercise routine of 15 minutes recommended by my physio follows.
  • I then have breakfast with Carol.
  • We take a walk with our dog Molly for 20 - 40 minutes.
  • On return I work for 90 minutes. This time is often my best writing time.
  • I then do some gardening or physical work around our home for an hour or so.
  • Carol and I then have a light lunch.
  • I work for another 90 minutes. 
  • Then I read or relax for about an hour.
  • I then work for 40 minutes or so
  • I follow this with another 10 minutes of exercise designed just for me.
  • Carol and I then get ready for our evening meal.

What makes your most productive and joyful day?

Who will you become? What will you do next?

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