“I’ve gotten very good at scheduling my life, scheduling the scene and preparing myself for knowing, saving the energy, consuming the energy, knowing when to go for it and having the available reserves to be able to do that. You have to think about that, because it’s endurance.” – Tom Cruise

 

I’m writing this on a relaxing, breezy Sunday afternoon, because that’s the slot I have scheduled for it. I’ve got a cycling trip in 2 hours, and my alarm’s gonna buzz me later in the evening reminding me to check out a book I’ve been meaning to purchase. I’ve become one of those weirdos who schedules almost all aspects of life, and I’m proud of it.

Any productivity book will tell you to schedule your tasks, yet very few people actually follow it. They’ll say things like “My day is too unpredictable to follow a schedule!…