Monday, March 19, 2007

Ben Franklin and an update on goals

Today Michael, one of his friends, and I went to the Benjamin Franklin exhibit, which is currently at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It was quite interesting -- I knew from reading Franklin's autobiography in college that he was rather an amazing man, but I didn't know quite how amazing.

Interestingly, he was quite an entrepreneur, and had a good deal of advice for young aspiring businessmen. In particular, I thought his advice about using one's time wisely was of interest to writers. He also made a recommendation about going to bed early and getting up early, which made me wince.

Speaking of my goals and not wasting time, I need to report. I clocked 18 1/2 billable hours this week (i.e. not counting time spent searching for jobs and communicating with clients) -- about half of what I'd wanted. My saving grace was, as I noted earlier, that I was able to work much faster than I'd anticipating, meaning that I got a lot done anyway.

I should also note that one of the major successes of the week was that I discovered I get the most done if I start my day out by working, rather than trolling the markets first. I think that's probably why I was able to work more quickly this week -- I was using the time where I suffered the least interruptions to do my most serious work.

I won't be able to repeat the experiment next week, unfortunately, but I intend to the following week.

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