A Case Against Calendars

An argument

I will go out on a limb today and say that there’s a case to be made against calendars or at least against the process of carefully chunking your calendar into 15min blocks. Maybe it’s because I am not a busy person (I hope I can keep it this way) but I am just not a huge fan of calendars.

Blocking specific times for specific activities gives me a sort of anxiety and mental fatigue that I think is completely unnecessary. I also think that the act of block 2 hours for say talking to users makes me, for some odd reason, want to do that test less. It suddenly feels like a chore.

Maybe I need to be more disciplined about how I structure my time but for now I am staying away from micro-managing my calendar.

An Alternative Solution

Maybe a better way to think about scheduling is to:

Schedule your energy rather than your time.

I came across this idea on Twitter and it succinctly puts how I am currently thinking about my day. I still “schedule” things but in reality it’s more of a prioritization exercise where I try to get the most important things out of the way first thing in the morning and have designated times of the day to work on certain things.

Managing my life the same way I manage the battery life of my iPhone seems like a solid strategy ¯\(ツ)/¯

Then again productivity is one of those areas where I believe that the less but better principle of essentialism applies. If at the end of the day you’re getting the most important things done, you win. Easy. Done.

Now back to work…