Habits: Time Necessities

While at Clearfield Job Corps Center (CJCC), I formulated a standard operating procedure (SOP) for running a small business. It was an arduous task, but I learned a lot from it; the most important thing creating an SOP taught me, is that for those that want to be successful in life, time really is money!

Ever since then, whenever I waste time I take into account whatever I think I am worth per hour that day, and realize just how much money I just squandered.

For example, as I am worth $100/hr. currently, I have wasted a whopping $2,500 in just the last week alone. This simply cannot do! To ensure that I don’t waste so much valuable time in the future, an effective Time-management plan must be formulated, just as I did for my SOP @ Job Corps.

Because everyone has different priorities, the true SOP for one’s life must be determined by each person individually; however, this SOP (inspired by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) provides a viably universal roadmap to guide everyone in developing an effective Time-Management plan. Let’s make it count!

It should be noted that because time management is so complex and pervasive, the majority of the Time SOP plan will be explained in-context, and that will not be until the next stage of Project Matthias (which will cover habits more in-depth) has initiated.

Thus, this post will serve as a time-management overview, only covering the basics:

1. Most activities (all except those given special provisions on an exception status) will be allotted a time limit of 10 minutes. My reasoning for this is that the most time-consuming task, taking a shower, can be completed in less than 10 minutes with enough practice.

2. The default “special provision” time limit will be 20 minutes, since an anime episode can be completed in that amount of time. When an exemption is made for leisure activities (such as anime), only one exemption will be given per day.

3. There may up to 3 exemptions made for socially-beneficial activities; such exemption(s) will take up no more than 2 hours per day in combined time spent.

4. Any task with marginal value must be completed in less than 1 minute.

5. All regular events of non-marginal value should be scheduled (via Google Calendar)


About Justin Benjamin

Justin Benjamin is a prolific blogger, poet, and novelist. As a philosophy and psychology enthusiast, most of his journalism is concerned with social dynamics, reality hacking, metaphysics, positive psychology, cognitive bias, psychoanalysis, and experimental psychology. His fictional writing takes a slightly darker tone, serving as a outlet to express existential angst, suppression of freewill, melancholy, and an extreme dissatisfaction with reality.
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