A good schedule does not mean you're a tyrant to yourself.
You sit down, and clarify what's most meaningful to you.
And if that changes, then you change the schedule.
It's an exploration of the values you find important. What's meaningful to you?
The schedule is a reminder that time is precious and you shouldn't waste it on things that don't matter to you.
The actions would've been embedded in the environment.
Kill the rabbit, get some water, make love.
Life's gotten more complex, and so has our conception of meaning.
A schedule is a guide, a reminder; not to stick to a particular path, but to make sure you don't lose your way.
It's not the road, it's the North Star.
You know that quiet sense of anxiety you feel?
You feel like your mind is looping through one thought, then another, then back to the first thought?
It's your brain asking what you're going to do about those problems, because it feels you have not created a plan sufficient enough to address it.
Why didn't our ancestors need schedules?
Because the environment wasn't complex.
Now we engage a world full of our ideas.
And our brains are completely and utterly overwhelmed.
Mindfulness helps you distance yourself from the "pull" of all these problems.
That's great. Mindfulness can be a useful tool.
But it's not sufficient enough to simply be mindful of problems.
You need a plan.
And odds are, a great many of those problems rely on a lack of information.
"How do I lose weight, where should invest my money, what skill should I learn next?"
Those are not problems localized in the environment.
The problem is human brains didn't primarily evolve for information acquisition.
We're primarily good at seeking food.
Seeking information happens to run on the same neural circuits that squirrels use when locating food.
Our minds and bodies are fractured.
I do not believe mindfulness is a sufficient enough solution problem to these wave of information.
You need a schedule, a plan, to clarify what you want.
I don't mean do them. You'll never be able to do everything you want because new desires constantly spring up.
I mean, when you make a plan for each open loop in your life.
You know what happens?
Because your brain trusts that you're exactly where you need to be.
The brain loves a plan. It dislikes uncertainty.
It's want to know what it's doing today is what is best for it a month from now, 2 years from now.
It's not happiness. It's deeper than that.
It's a mode of being where absolutely nothing is lacking.
That's enlightenment. And you won't have to ask if you're in it.
You'll just know.
It'll color your existence with anxiety because you won't feel like you're where you're supposed to be right now.
You got all these problems you haven't sufficiently clarified.
Your brain wants to know you're going to address them in some way.
So make a schedule.