OG Ben Franklin

November 03, 2019 |
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While I was absorbing copious amounts of YouTube content, I learned that if I really wanted to start seeing positive changes in my life I shouldn’t be afraid of staying up until 3 a.m. I really wanted to see a change so I followed this guidance for a little over a month. After following this guide for a week, I was feeling quite sluggish. This road to success was not a road I wanted to continue on. One of the most meaningful things I’ve learned from my time in Japan is the need for balance. Sleeping for four hours or less was not my idea of balance. I decided to adjust my schedule to fall asleep at 10 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. I figured the time I have alone in the morning would be great to work on my shit. The minimum recommended amount of sleep for individuals aged 18-60 is 7 hours, according to a joint consensus statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society. These eight hours of sleep were revolutionary. My energy levels picked up and so did my productivity. I was in a better mood throughout the day, had better cognitive abilities when studying or at work, and more energy when exercising. The only drawback for me was that by the time I felt like I was absorbing my study material, it was time to get ready for work. I turned to the internet in search of what others are doing for their daily schedule and came across the legend who is Benjamin Franklin. His schedule goes like this: 5-8 a.m.: "Rise, wash and address Powerful Goodness; contrive day's business and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study; and breakfast." 8 a.m.-12 p.m.: Work. 12-2 p.m.: "Read or overlook my accounts, and dine." 2-6 p.m.: Work. 6-10 p.m.: "Put things in their places, supper, music, or diversion, or conversation; examination of the day." 10 p.m.-5 a.m.: Sleep. I decided to give this schedule a shot. So far the results have been better than I could have ever expected. Before I felt pressed for time by waking up just an hour later, but now had room to “contrive day’s business” and “prosecute the present study”. We live in a time where we have the powerful resource that is the internet. What would Benjamin Franklin be able to do with the world’s information at his fingertips? Someone that didn’t graduate from middle school opened hospitals, invented bifocal lenses, opened the University of Pennsylvania and became a founding father of a new country. I’m glad I came across Ben Franklin’s schedule. Upon doing so, I ended up being a little more productive and also discovered his desire for improving his health, morality, education and community. Imagine what we could do with that same Ben Franklin energy? Or better yet, what can’t we do? What will we contribute to the world as we incrementally better ourselves? “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested...” - Seneca If you’d like to take steps to better your time management, check out my sister’s blog post titled “How To Master Time Management in 5 Easy Steps” at https://krystal-jones.wixsite.com/krystal/post/how-to-master-time-management-in-5-easy-steps There are also tons of time management guides on YouTube that can help with Thomas Frank being a good place to start https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG-KntY7aVnIGXYEBQvmBAQ To get an abridged biography of Benjamin Franklin, check out http://www.benjamin-franklin-history.org/short-biography/