For those seeking balance and worrying that mundane is eating their time and life, here is a plan.
I call it 7×7.
It is easy to remember.
Accounts for everything that is important in our lives.
And, it does not push you to the edges.
It offers a plan to meditate, rest, work, spend time with friends and family, all anchored in number 7.
4 that take 7 minutes + 3 that take 7 hours each.
Here they are:
- 7 hours of shut-eye
- 7 minutes of meditation
- 7-minute workout
- 7 hours of productive work
- 7 hours of leisure, learning, and exploration every day
- 7 minutes to connect
- 7 minutes to list your priorities for the next day
7 minutes may look less for building genuine connections, but you can identify people to connect during exploration hours, batch this process to be efficient and automate first outreach. During the 7 minutes of connection, you can engage with those you have reached out to, in their social feed, to strengthen the connection.
If you’ll have a long work commute, then use it for learning and account for that as part of our learning or leisure hours. That’s the world we live in.
And if you have a goal that needs intensity, then increase time investment for that goal.
Besides these adjustments, 7×7 is a good baseline for living a full life, without ignoring important pieces that you can use to do a lot of what you want and minimize regrets.