My son was looking over my shoulder yesterday and he commented on the fact that my calendar was ridiculously full. He told me that he could never live like that — with almost every block of time scheduled.
But then I explained to him that I’m not any busier than anybody else — what I am more than anybody else is careful about my calendar. I like to be as deliberate as I can be about how I spend my time. So I schedule almost every part of my day.
In part, I build this habit because few things are more fulfilling to me than being able to give my complete and total attention to the person / place / task in front of me. And I can only dial in that kind of presence when I look at my calendar and know that I’m in the precise place I’m supposed to be, and at the precise time. I work hard at calendaring because I want to be able to work with complete reckless abandon (i.e., total concentration) throughout my day.