Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule

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    1. outoforder2day 50 months ago | reply

      Back in the day, you typically worked on the first floor of where you lived. That all changed with the industrial revolution, though. Not all progress is good.
      Now, how do I telecommute...

    2. Coswyn 50 months ago | reply

      Too much contriving, not enough prosecuting.

    3. LauraCGeorge 49 months ago | reply

      I posted this on my blog today. I think it's really thought-provoking, and I might adopt time to "put things in their places" and to evaluate my day in the morning and evening.

    4. Fi Fieldsend 49 months ago | reply


      Other versions of this on Project Gutenberg:
      (do a text search for "what good have" )

      It goes over 2 pages:

      Another version on 1 page in the Internet Archive:

      Bibliographic Record for this one:

      I think the material on these links are in the public domain. But please don't take my word for it. Always check license terms/copyright before reusing material.

    5. mmmarzio 49 months ago | reply

      This is real eye-opener. I make lists like this with details of what to do, exactly, each day. The difference is that Benjamin actually followed his schedule, I would imagine!

    6. :Duncan 49 months ago | reply

      Two hour lunch breaks. Now that's what I'm talking about

    7. rwt711 49 months ago | reply

      I want to know who typed it for him..

    8. tncekm 49 months ago | reply

      He gets 7hrs of sleep... that seems like plenty to me o_0

    9. patfln2006 48 months ago | reply

      His wife Deborah made his breakfast, washed his clothes, probably cleaned his glasses, made his lunch, cleaned up, made his supper, tidied up from his day, managed children, animals and garden. And then had to be ready for..well, whatever at the end of the day. I'd like to see Mrs. Franklin's corollary schedule for the day to get a full perspective here.

    10. Esolaki 48 months ago | reply

      Great point patfin2006!

    11. fibrouspics 48 months ago | reply

      I just checked the page on project Gutenberg, and it turns out he wasn't actually successful in following it! But he thinks he's a better man for trying.
      Sorry to be a Debby Downer, but I think it can still be something we inspire too.

    12. Andrew B. Morris 48 months ago | reply

      I love the fact that one of our great super-achievers made time for a two-hour lunch and reading break mid-day. His simplicity puts complex systems like GTD and "7 Habits" to shame.

    13. elephantsgerald 46 months ago | reply

      scan with black paper behind, and then you will not see the text from the back.

    14. icedpenguin 46 months ago | reply

      To me this is more about the left column that we all should strive to achieve. The right column is just worrying about the details and should be adapted for each of our own beautiful needs in how we plan on ACTING on the left column. As they say, "don't sweat the small stuff!".

    15. WordShore 43 months ago | reply

      So ... no sex life, then?

    16. The Jon 43 months ago | reply

      WordShore> "Put things in their places"

    17. weatherwithyou 29 months ago | reply

      The schedule says that he goes to sleep at 1:00 AM and wakes up at 5:00 AM. I'm not sure why people are saying that he gets 7 hours of sleep.

    18. joeythelemur 23 months ago | reply

      @weatherwithyou, sleep on the schedule actually starts at 10 PM. Look closely.

    19. Nano Magnetics 15 months ago | reply

      GTD of the 17th century!

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