San Francisco, California

Ten days ago I started tracking my time using WorkTimer to find out where it all goes to. This pie chart shows the result.

Only time I spent at my desk is included – I may be a sad case, but I’m not so sad that I take my laptop everywhere just so I can clock my time.

The slices of pie account for 32 hours out of 168. Factor in sleeping (about 50 hours), preparing and eating food (14), bathing and dressing (7), and physical training (20 including travel time), plus killing time in airports and flying to Maui for the Writers’ Conference, and this seems about right.

‘The unexamined life is not worth living’, Socrates said. True, maybe, but in this case I feel better informed but none the wiser.

Examined my life may be, but am I using the right examination tool? Do these figures tell me if I have balance in my life? Do they tell me if I’m happy? Do they tell me whether I’ve made progress towards my goals? I’m not convinced they do.

Am I using a microscope to examine my life, when I should be using a telescope? Or vice versa?

Any ideas and comments genuinely welcomed. How do you evaluate your own life? Or how would you, if you had time?

Speaking of time, must dash!

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