I am big into nutrition right now. I may or may not be depending on how great my craving for cookies is in the next couple of months (seriously, I have less nutritional discipline than a Biggest Loser contestant without extreme external-monitoring) but for right now I'm big into nutrition.
Each day I eat a balance of proteins and fiber, less carbs (gotta look good for bikini season) and plenty of water. It wasn't until I was enjoying one of my colorful meals with my paramour that I considered: what if the food pyramid could be applied to our time budget?
I often speak about priorities here on CFiST but today I'd like to give you a tool to make that concept a reality. So even though Time Pyramid would make an awesome 80's sci-fi title, in this context I'd like to harken back to the now retired food pyramid.
Start by considering all the different activities you do during the day. For example, my list would look like the following:
It's pretty busy to say the least. Now, here's how I would break that down, carrying the food analogy:
The essentials. Require the most servings and form the building blocks of your happiness.
The enriching activities. Substantial, colorful, and tasty!
Essential, but fewer servings. Build mental strength and get some "culture". Get it? Yogurt joke.
Delicious, but to be partaken of... sparingly.
The result is a coherent metaphor for time "nutrition"; a way to balance out your activities in the best way possible using knowledge you already know. Pretty cool, right?
So how about you? What does your time nutrition look like? List your activities and try breaking them down into these groups and see how many servings you get in an average day. Feel free to post the results in the comments below and think about eating healthier. I have a hunch that you'll be glad you did.
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[caption id="attachment_170" align="alignnone" width="528"] Lots of pastels in one box, provided the creepy kid didn't eat them.[/caption]
Narcissistic, nihilistic, controversial and crass; a cacophany of cute, quaint, clothing choices and hollow creeds. It’s a fucking disgrace and it’s never been more possible, more enjoyable, or more engrossing than it is today: self-expression. Some abandon form to define their shape while others stick rigidly to the suit and tie in order to inculcate in themselves a sense of worth and in others a sense of attraction. It’s a disgusting display of self-pride, rejection of one cult for another, and construction of our consciousness that has never been more necessary in the era of niche chic.
Consider, for example, my recent trip to the the local mega-mall, as expositionally opportunistic as it is argumentatively convenient. Since re-opening my til-then-long-dormant quest to put together my “dream wardrobe”, I’ve come upon a til-now-undiscovered dimension of my own human experience: taste. I find it in all things: the liquor I drink, the music I ingest, the clothes I wear, and even the television shows I watch.
While all of these make for convenient Facebook likes, the dimension to which I enjoyed these many endeavors/activities/materials was, over time, tinged with the visual wash of my favorite photographers, appearing to the untrained eye to be as much an extension of myself as the sounds I hear and the foods I taste. In short, each was a conversation; a back and forth between my social consciousness, my disposition, my hopes and fears, and the invested intentions of the creating artists.
The vulgarity of my taste is not hidden. When I pull a jacket off the rack and try it on, I’m thinking exclusively about how good I look. Not the starving children in Africa, not the poor shivering coats I overlooked to make my selection, but myself. My actions, thanks to social media (the purist’s four-letter word) and our American culture’s incredible capacity for self-obsession (of which I am not known to mock/abstain from), are a giant fucking gaudy, neon-lighted monument to me and all the me’s that I love.
INTERNAL SCORECARD #9
This is the ninth internal scorecard I've published. I write these for the mix of showing you what productivity and production looks like from the inside so you can get another perspective, and it because it end-points my weeks and helps keep me on-track.
This one covers 14 July to 20 July.
…AND NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING...
Hopefully this cycle of Internal Scorecards 6, 7, 8, and 9 serve as useful and profitable reading for you.