Your Calendar as Todo List:

(why I'm getting into time block planning)
We are besieged by todo lists: Open browser tabs, YouTube Watch Later, Podcast queue, Twitter bookmarks, unread emails, notifs, messages.

Todo lists aren't good enough.

They just solve the easy problem: storage.

Actual Hard Problems: Prioritization and Scheduling
Calendars are todo lists with prioritization and scheduling **built in**. You *have* to answer questions like: "what should I do first?" and "what's my time budget for this?"

Most people's cals only track meetings with others. But why shouldn't we make appointments w/ ourselves?
Your Calendar is the only todo list where you have a chance at a 100% completion rate.
Your Calendar is the only todo list where you cannot overload yourself.

You will be forced to be realistic about how much you can get done, and therefore what you must say no to (or delegate)
By blocking out time on your calendar for yourself, you treat yourself (and your work/passions) as important as the people you work with.

No more "didn't get anything done because too many meetings today", if you can help it (and most can).
A "time budget" is more important than a financial budget.

You always have the choice to save money.

You don't have the choice to stop time.
The common thread to spending time and spending money:
Our mental accounting for them is godawful.

Our memory for past indiscretions is subject to every cognitive bias under the sun. Our discipline for future splurges ends with our willpower.

Calendars are "@YNAB" for time.

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