Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Chart

Back to a simpler color scheme: silver is sleep, pink is practice, blue is recovery. Sleep is sleep, practice is getting it done, and recovery is putting it back together.

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
HOBBY
Systems
HOBBY
Home
WORK
 
HOBBY
Home
WORK
 
HOBBY
Home
PLAY
Climbing
PLAY
Fury
PLAY
 
WORK
 
PLAY
 
WORK
 
PLAY
 
HOBBY
Home
PASTIME
 
PLAY
 
PASTIME
 
PLAY
League
PLAY
Plyos
PLAY
 
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
PLAY
League
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 
SLEEP
 

As it happens, billable or potentially billable activities in my timetracker are practice (WORK and PLAY) and non-billable activities are recovery (HOBBY and PASTIME). So obviously my job is WORK, it pays. My personal training and plyos are PLAY, they pay, but also climbing and skating are PLAY because I'm getting something from them that could pay off later. Whereas it's something of an odd artifact that household activities like cooking and cleaning and laundry and groceries are HOBBY, with hobbies like these who needs hobbies. Whatever, language. And also obviously taking internet breaks and watching television are PASTIME.

What's amazing to me is that my life actually now operates according to my work/play paradigm, the things that are done as a means to an end and the things that are done as an end in themselves and so forth. Taking internet breaks and watching television is something that's done as an end in itself that's an end in itself, just for enjoyment. Cooking and cleaning and laundry and groceries is something that's done as a means to an end that's an end in itself, I have to do them but I actually enjoy doing them. Personal training and plyos and climbing and skating is something that's done as an end in itself that's a means to an end, because I do them for enjoyment but I actually get something from them i.e. a living. My job is something that's done as a means to an end that's a means to an end, although I will tell you something interesting about that. Like when I used to do all this training and head of trainers work for free—I mean, I still do head of trainers for free—the $300/week I made at my job had no meaning divided by zero as it was. Now that I'm making just a little bit of money as a trainer, I have a sense of how much work it is just to bring in $40/week and dividing that $300 by $40 is no longer undefined. So now that time, and that work, has value to me, if that makes sense. And also it's part of this game with the timetracker, where time is straw and you spin it into gold. Everything can be spun into gold! Which gives you a pretty positive attitude about straw. So I'm actually enjoying calculating finder's credits and reviewing payroll reports, which means my job is actually HOBBY and that I don't have anything in my life that's WORK. Which basically is how the game is won.

And also, it's all evenly divided between practice/recovery/sleep with fourteen silver boxes, fourteen pink boxes, and fourteen blue boxes.

It works! I feel like Doc Brown.

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