Monday, April 25, 2011

Early to bed, early to rise... 

Notwithstanding the ironically late hour -- I was catching up on a lot of backlogged email -- I actually very much approve of Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule, which seems to put the very sensible proverbs of Poor Richard to good use.

Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule

The questions are, I think, the schedule's most important feature and a reflection of Franklin's wonderfully purposeful life.


By Anonymous Coach Paul, at Mon Apr 25, 09:21:00 AM:

What happened to the "early to bed" part? Ben was apparently - and literally - burning the midnight oil.  

By Anonymous sirius, at Mon Apr 25, 10:30:00 AM:

Well, he did at least have the "early to rise" part down, it seems.

Also--re "the questions"--didn't someone else famously contend: The unexamined life is not worth living?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Apr 25, 10:48:00 AM:

I read the chart as in bed by 10pm, up by 5am. The man got his seven.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Apr 25, 12:49:00 PM:

Agreed...with the last poster...there's a bracket from 10 to 5

By Blogger Carolyn, at Mon Apr 25, 05:32:00 PM:

I agree that the questions are very important. I also find the bracketed segments interesting: 3 hours for daily preparation; 8 hours of work separated by 2 hours of reading, lunch and/or accounting; and 4 hours for "putting things in their places", supper, music, or diversion, or conversation and examination of the day before bed.

The time devoted to "work" was less than that devoted to work by many of today's "achievers", but the other scheduled activities of the day likely make those work hours very productive. I think I could be more resolute about "putting things in their places" at the end of the work day.  

By Anonymous feeblemind, at Mon Apr 25, 10:16:00 PM:

Off topic:

What ever happened to Escort 81? He hasn't posted anything for a long time. Is he OK?  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Mon Apr 25, 10:21:00 PM:

E81 moved across the country a few months back, and has been busy. I did have the privilege of having drinks with him a couple of weeks back, and he foretold. Return to blogging here. He even gve me. New email address to put up.  

By Anonymous tyree, at Tue Apr 26, 03:08:00 AM:

Excellent post and good to hear that everything is OK with Escort.  

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