How to live fully and completely by adding this simple mindset hack

Post #4 in the Time Series

Coach Craig Ball talks about time management


THE CAUSE OF THE TROUBLES (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

In order to come to grips at once with the question of time- expenditure in all its actuality, I must choose an individual case for examination. I can only deal with one case, and that case cannot be the average case, because there is no such case as the average case, just as there is no such man as the average man. Every man and every man’s case is special.

But if I take the case of an American who works in an office, whose office hours are from ten to six, and who spends fifty minutes morning and night in traveling between his house door and his office door, I shall have got as near to the average as facts permit. There are men who have to work longer for a living, but there are others who do not have to work so long.

Fortunately, the financial side of existence does not interest us here; for our present purpose the clerk at a pound a week is exactly as well off as the millionaire in Carlton House-terrace.

Now the great and profound mistake which my typical man makes in regard to his day is a mistake of general attitude, a mistake which vitiates and weakens two-thirds of his energies and interests. In the majority of instances he does not precisely feel a passion for his business; at best he does not dislike it. He begins his business functions with reluctance, as late as he can, and he ends them with joy, as early as he can. And his engines while he is engaged in his business are seldom at their full horsepower (Effort).

Yet in spite of all this, he persists in looking upon those hours from ten to six as “the day,” to which the ten hours preceding them and the six hours following them are nothing but a prologue and epilogue. Such an attitude, unconscious though it be, of course, kills his interest in the odd sixteen hours, with the result that, even if he does not waste them, he does not count them; he regards them simply as margin.

This general attitude is utterly illogical and unhealthy since it formally gives the central prominence to a patch of time and a bunch of activities which the man’s one idea is to “get through” and have “done with.” If a man makes two-thirds of his existence subservient to one-third, for which admittedly he has no absolutely feverish zest, how can he hope to live fully and completely? He cannot.

If my typical man wishes to live fully and completely he must, in his mind, arrange a day within a day. And this inner day, a Chinese box in a larger Chinese box must begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 a.m. It is a day of sixteen hours, and during all these sixteen hours he has nothing whatever to do but cultivate his body and his soul and his fellow men. During those sixteen hours, he is free; he is not a wage-earner; he is not preoccupied with monetary cares; he is just as good as a man with a private income. This must be his attitude. And his attitude is all important. His success in life depends on it.

What? You say that full energy given to those sixteen hours will lessen the value of the business eight? Not so. On the contrary, it will assuredly increase the value of the business eight. One of the chief things which my typical man has to learn is that the mental faculties are capable of a continuous hard activity; they do not tire like an arm or a leg. All they want is change--not rest, except in sleep.
I shall now examine the typical man’s current method of employing the sixteen hours that are entirely his, beginning with his uprising. I will merely indicate things which he does and which I think he ought not to do, postponing my suggestions for “planting” the times which I shall have cleared--as a settler clears spaces in a forest.

Injustice to him I must say that he wastes very little time before he leaves the house in the morning at 9.10. In too many houses he gets up at nine, breakfasts between 9.7 and 9.9 1/2, and then bolts. But immediately he bangs the front door his mental faculties, which are tireless, become idle. He walks to the station in a condition of mental coma. Arrived there, he usually has to wait for the train. On hundreds of suburban stations every morning you see men calmly strolling up and down platforms while railway companies unblushingly rob them of time, which is more than money. Hundreds of thousands of hours are thus lost every day simply because my typical man thinks so little of time that it has never occurred to him to take quite easy precautions against the risk of its loss.
He has a solid coin of time to spend every day--call it a sovereign. He must get change for it, and in getting the change he is content to lose heavily.

Supposing that in selling him a ticket the company said, “We will change you a sovereign, but we shall charge you three halfpence for doing so,” what would my typical man exclaim? Yet that is the equivalent of what the company does when it robs him of five minutes twice a day.
You say I am dealing with minutiae. I am. And later on, I will justify myself.
Now, will you kindly buy your paper and step onto the train?

Assignment:

Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) Describe your morning routine before arriving at school on school days. Explain what time you get up when you arrive at school.
2)Describe your afterschool routine and describe what you speed your time on when you arrive at home. Indicate what time you typically go to bed at night.

Part Two (Procedural)
1) When commenting: Select Name/URL as your identity preference.
2) Use your first name and last name initial in the name field
3) Type: gilpin.k12.co.us in the URL field
4) Type your comment as indicated above
5) Use the Select Screen Shot function on your Chrome to take a screenshot of your comment and then upload the screenshot to the Google Classroom assignment and turn it in.
6) Publish your comment on this post

36 comments:

  1. In my morning routine I wake up, take shower, and walk the dog. I also have to go to school.,
    At night I watch tv, hang out with my family, and sleep.

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  2. my morning routine is that i get up at I get ready brush my teeth and do my hair and the bus drops me off at 7:35. I usually get to my house at 4:30 and i go to bed at 10:00.

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    1. my morning routine is that I get at 7:01 I get ready brush my teeth and do my hair and the bus drops me off at 7:35. I usually get to my house at 4:30 and i go to bed at 10:00

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    2. during a weekday i usually wake up about 5:30 and get dressed shower brush my teeth and then i get ready and then my mom brings me to school. and i usually get their at about 7:30 and threw the day i have 8 classes and lunch after the first four then when i go home i usually watch tv and do home work

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  3. I wake up at 6:45 every morning. The first thing I do when I wake up is get dressed, then go to bathroom, and get my stuff ready. My after school routine is, go to Football practice then do my chore and sit down. after about 9:30 I go to bed.

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  4. My morning routine Is to eat breakfast then to the shower and teeth brushing, after I change into my cloths and go to school. I have to get up at 6:00 because my mom is a teacher and she has to be at the school by 7:30 so I come with her. After school I go to football practice or a football game I normally go to bed around 10:00

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  5. My morning routine or before school routine is to wake up every day at 4:15 am then i lay in bed for a couple minutes so when i get out of be i don't feel like a complete mess then i eat breakfast witch is usually cereals or a protein shake then i get dressed and do my bathroom stuff witch is usually to do my hair and brush my teeth. Then after i get home from school i change into a hoodie and sweat pants and get all my homework done after that i usually check my phone and then eat dinner then i watch football and at about 9 i brush and floss my teeth then i play fortnite and go to bed.

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  6. My morning routine before school is to wake up at 6:30 and to get dressed , brush my hair, brush my teeth then rush to the bus stop at 7:10 to get picked up from the bus and I don't really look at the time when I get to school because I am eating breakfast then right after I go to the classroom then the class starts.I arrive back at home at around 4:00 then I take my shoes off and run up the stairs to my pc to watch Youtube videos and play video games then do homework ( if I have some ) then dinner,laundry and getting ready for the next day preparing then I get ready for bed watch more Youtube then bed .

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  7. I wake up get ready go wake up at 6:30 then go to school at 7:10 get home and watch tv till 8:00 then go to bead

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  8. in the morning all i do is brush my teeth and get dressed and try not to look like trash. When i get home all i do is take a shower and then i have an excuse to look like trash

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  9. Usually or almost all the time, I wake up at 6:15. When I wake up, I start my morning routine. My morning routine is brushing my teeth, doing my hair, and putting on deodorant and cologne.Then I head to the bus stop. My after school routine is usually when I get home I lay/ nap on my bed,I do my homework, I eat dinner, I brush my teeth, and I get ready for bed.

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  10. Morning Routine
    I always wake up to my alarm to 5:50. When I go and turn off my alarm from my phone I go on instagram and watch some edits. When its 6:20 I go brush my teeth and get breakfast. After I finish I go and change my clothes. Then it should be 6:50, So I go and watch Netflix and wait till it's 7:16 to go out on the bus.

    Night Routine
    When I get off of school I go and get an snack and watch youtube. After a while I go and do my reading homework. After a few hours I eat dinner and take a shower also brush my teeth. After that I go to bed.

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  11. I wake up at 6:oo every day for school. the first thing that I do is unplug my chromebook then I brush my hair put everything into my backpack and I then eat breakfast I put my hoodie on go out side and get in the car

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  12. My morning routine or before school routine is to wake up every day at 4:15 am then i lay in bed for a couple minutes so when i get out of be i don't feel like a complete mess then i eat breakfast witch is usually cereals or a protein shake then i get dressed and do my bathroom stuff witch is usually to do my hair and brush my teeth. Then after i get home from school i change into a hoodie and sweat pants and get all my homework done after that i usually check my phone and then eat dinner then i watch football and at about 9 i brush and floss my teeth then i play fortnite and go to bed. I also usually get to school at 7:35

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  13. My normal routine before I go to school is I first get out of bed try getting up and change eat brekfest and then around 6:30 I go and wait for the bus then fall asleep on the bus until I get to school and thats a normal morning.When I get out of school I do my homework for 4 hours because I have to much homework then watch 5 minutes of tv then go to sleep

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  14. First, I wake up at 6:15am every morning. Then I get out of bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, make myself look somewhat approachable, put on some deoderant and cologne, and get in the car.

    When I come home the first thing I do is do my chores. Then, I sit down and do my homework if I have any. Then I go huting. After that, I come home sit down and watch TV. Then I go to bed at 9:30 - 10:00 pm

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  15. First, I wake up at 6:15am every morning. Then I get out of bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, make myself look somewhat approachable, put on some deoderant and cologne, and get in the car.

    When I come home the first thing I do is do my chores. Then, I sit down and do my homework if I have any. Then I go huting. After that, I come home sit down and watch TV. Then I go to bed at 9:30 - 10:00 pm

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    First, I wake up at 6:15am every morning. Then I get out of bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, make myself look somewhat approachable, put on some deoderant and cologne, and get in the car. I get to school at about 7:45.

    When I come home the first thing I do is do my chores. Then, I sit down and do my homework if I have any. Then I go huting. After that, I come home sit down and watch TV. Then I go to bed at 9:30 - 10:00 pm

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    1. In the mornings before school, I wake up at 6:50-7 and take a shower. Then I dry off, pick my cloths, and brush my teeth. Then I head to school. After school, I either spend time with my friends or go home and watch tv. I normally go to bed from 9:30-11.

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  17. When I wake up, I get in the shower I change and brush my teeth an eat then I'm out the door. When I get home I do homework then play some video games then i go to sleep at around 10:30.

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  18. My morning routine involves waking up around 6:50, then getting dressed and listening to music until my siblings are ready to go. Then I catch the bus, go to school, and get home. My after school routine is dependent on how much homework I have. I usually do my homework first, then I use my free time to read, do some arts and crafts, write games for table top rpgs. Dinner usually happens either during homework or before free time. Then I just get ready for bed and go to sleep. I try and get to bed around 10:00 or 9:00 PM.

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  19. Before I go to school for the afternoon i wake up at 7:30 to take a shower and eat. then i get ready for the bus to pick me up to go the school. After school ends i walk to the locker room to get ready for football practice. finally i go home from football practice and do some homework , eat and I go to bed at 9:00

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  20. In the morning I usually wake up anywhere from 4am-6am depending on the day. I get up, get dressed, do my hair, and brush my teeth and Im out the door. After school, I have volleyball practice until 6:20ish, then my mom picks me up. I get home shower, eat dinner ,brush my teeth, then do my homework. After my hours and hours of homework and crying I finally can get to bed between 11-12ish.

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  21. My morning routine consists of waking up, taking a shower, getting out and possibly doing my hair if I feel like it or if I have enough time, getting dressed, eating breakfast, drinking a cup of coffee, then I leave. When I get home from school I do many things. First, I get some food cause I'm most likely hungry. I then hangout for a while, then I play some video games to relax. I sometimes exercise for a little bit. I then do my homework and go to bed.

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  22. I wake up at 6:15 every morning on school days. I get up, get myself ready, and pack my lunch. I get to school at around 7:50. After school, I have cheer on Mondays and Wednesdays. When I don't have cheer, I eat when I get home, shower, an then usually stay up until 10 doing my homework.

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  23. My morning routine before school is pretty much the same everyday, I wake up at 6:45 get ready for the day, brush my teeth, do my hair ect.,then i pack my school bag and my volleyball bag, then i leave for school, tuesdays and thursdays is a little different becauses i wake up at 6:30 then go to lifting at 7:00. Then after school i go to practice then go home do homework eat dinner then go to sleep.

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  24. My morning routine starts when I wake up. I get up, get dressed, and wait. Before we leave I grab something to drink. I usually get to school around 7:30ish. The time I wake up everyday Monday through Thursday is 5 am. My after school routine is to go to the Recreational Center. After this I go home and help cook dinner. After dinner is when I got to my room and relax. I usually get home at 5 pm if my dad and uncle don't have to donate. When they do donate it takes until at the most 7 pm. I usually go to bed at around 9 or 10 pm, it all really depends on how tired I am. In all, these are my everyday routine.

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  25. In the mornings, I wake up at 6:30 o'clock. I get ready by getting dressed for school and packing an outfit for volleyball. Usually this will take me about 40 minutes. After I am done getting ready, I go upstairs to make my lunch. I usually try to leave my house at 7:40 to get to the school at 7:45. After the school day is over I go the the high school gym locker rooms to get ready for volleyball. I get home from practice at about 6:30. Right when I get home I will put my stuff away and change into something more comfortable. I then go upstairs to eat dinner and do chores. I usually end all of this around 8 o'clock. This is when I do my homework and whatever else I want to do. I go to bed around 11:30. -Emma H

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  26. Every morning I wake up at some time between 5:30 am and 6:00 am and as soon as I get out of bed I take a shower and clean my face. I try to find clothes downstairs, but it is usually a mess or the socks were not washed together resulting in an extended searching period. One problem with this is sometimes I wake up too late and I can't find a certain piece of clothing such as underwear and or socks. I go upstairs and iron my clothes as well as rolling them for hair unless by some miracle they are neither hairy nor wrinkly. I eat my breakfast and then I brush my teeth and I usually get rushed out of the house by the noise of the bus in our neighborhood, I grab my things for school and I run down to wait for the bus. The bus ride takes roughly 40-50 minutes and I get to the school at approximately 7:40. I make sure that I did all of my homework and then I finally head up to my classroom so that I can see what we are doing 1st hour.

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  27. I generally get up at 6:30 in the morning, giving me 45 minutes to an hour to wake up and get ready. I first get dressed, then get my lunch together. I might get myself some coffee and breakfast and gather any stuff lying around that I need in my bag. I will always grab my chromebook in the morning after it has charged all night. I generally get to school around 7:30 depending on traffic. When I get home in the afternoon I usually take a small break to eat a snack and watch a show, and then I go right to homework. Once I finish my homework, I relax and enjoy myself, generally by working on my own personal projects I have set out for myself.

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  28. I wake up at 5:30. I shower, and wait until I leave at seven.I usually arrive at school a couple minutes late.When I get home I usually relax for an hour then work on something that needs to be done. I usually go to bed at midnight or 1:00.

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  29. First,i wake up at 5:00 i get dressed and i brush my teeth, eat breakfast drink a protein shake . Second, i take care of my animals, get my school stuff ready for school and then i leave my house and go to school. When i get home i go to my room do homework then when i am done with that i eat dinner and chill and watch tv in till i fell like going to bed.

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  30. I get up at 6:30 or 7:00 to go to the restroom, get ready, and brush my teeth. I arrive at school around 8:00 or 8:30 to get breakfast and get to my class.

    When I get out of school I go to football practice and and once fotball is over I go home and do homework and eat food. I brush my teeth and go to sleep.

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  31. My morning routine is simple. First I wake up between 6-6:15am and get dressed. Then I brush my teeth and make all of my school stuff is ready for the day.

    After school I go to football practice. Then I go home and eat dinner. After I eat I do my homework. Then I Take a shower and get ready for bed.

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  32. In the morning before I wake up at 5:00 A.M and go take a shower and then brush my teeth and then I take care of my dog. Then around like 5:45 I go for a run and then get home around 6:25 and then I work out by curling my dumbbells and then I do push ups and squats and situps. Then i go to my bus stop. When I get home it takes me like 20 mins after football practice to get home then I take a shower when I get home and then I help make dinner and then eat then I wash the dishes and clean my kitchen then I sleep and do my morning proceger and repeat my sequedual everyday.

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