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  • Laura Brown

    I do start each day thinking about what I will do that day. But, I don't usually make lists. I notice I tend to get more done when I do make a list. But, I still don't make the lists. I'm not very good when it comes to being organized. I think it would help a lot if I changed that. I liked your post.

  • Dulce L Rios

    For school, I had a "moral perfection" project, which was based on this Benjamin Franklin's essay, and I tried to correct my errors in order to be perfect, but I failed.

    • Yasha Wallin

      Nice! I think it would be safe to say Benjamin Franklin wasn't perfect either :)

      • Dulce L Rios

        Everyone doing the project failed. I guess that was the lesson, no one can be perfect, not even Benjamin Franklin, but it's worth the try. :p

  • Summer Bouknight-Freeman

    For a school assignment in the 6th grade, I read a biography of Benjamin Franklin. He has since been an inspiration to me. Thanks!

    • Rusty Brown

      Great idea. I hope there's enough room on this bandwagon for me to join.

    • Yasha Wallin

      This is great Jen! I'm in.

  • Erykah St.Louis

    Great article thanks for sharing! I'm kind of a mixed bag...Mostly a 'lists' person but I also need to satisfy my inner child that wants to go with the flow, keeping the big picture in mind. I think what we can to take Franklin's model a step further is to make it personal. Develop our own set of questions that speak our individual journey.

  • Noel McKenzie

    I have been fascinated by this "To Do" list as well and in my research found that while Franklin sought to provide structure to his day he often became frustrated by not being able to follow the grid and segment his days accordingly. (Too many conversations and distractions.) So, while we can use this schedule as inspiration - especially the idea of contemplating on what "good" we can do - we can also feel better knowing that even Benjamin Franklin veered from perfection.

  • Annie Wadhams

    "address powerful goodness."
    "... and breakfast." ;)
    In addition to that - reflecting on day's good is almost equally important as the good itself.

  • Jen Chiou

    Wow. Those morning hours in particular will be tough for me to emulate-- but it will be interesting to try

  • Cece Chou

    This is great! I should print it out to remind me not to waste too much time on social networks while having breakfast..

  • Giulio Bufalo

    I love it. I love the idea of doing good EVERY day and also making time to enjoy things that open our minds like music or conversation. A great example to follow. I'm also printing it and hanging it up in my office.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Really cool you're printing this out. I love that he structured his day this way. I wonder if you think 6-9 is a good time to break up the day with something enjoyable- or if it should be throughout the day? With Facebook and Social Networks these days, I sometimes think more breaks throughout work are good to have. Or do you think they'd be distracting?

  • mildred.fulton.3

    He knows well on how to manage time. I remember what my dad said when I was young. He said "You should think of the things that you will need to do for tomorrow. Always have a program or list in your mind about the things that you will do for tomorrow before going to sleep."

  • Jackson Chabot

    I smiled when I saw the post, I have seen his quote before and really come to appreciate it. I vary between writing down a daily schedule and "winging it".

    • Yasha Wallin

      I'm the same! On day its an organized list, another it's a free for all.

  • Max Schorr

    The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is an amazing book. Highly recommended. Great post, Yasha.

    • Yasha Wallin

      I have yet to read it, but after learning more about his daily practices I'm so intrigued.

  • Phillip

    I love this. I've had a replication of this page hanging at my office for the past three years. A great motivational relic! Thanks!

    • Yasha Wallin

      Nice! Is his schedule anything like yours?

      • Phillip

        My schedule is more of a... work-in-progress. Though I do have that healthy chunk of "work" as he does.

        What I'd like to also note is that productivity according to Franklin's schedule above is also equated with positivity. "What good shall I do today?" and "What good have I done today?" are great bookends providing meaning in production. Making stuff happen isn't the only goal, it's making good stuff happen that counts.

        Cheers!

        • Susie Wilburn

          Except for the rising at 5:00 am, my day looks very similar to his. I am up and at it by 7 and working by 8. You have to remember that he didn't have the diversions that we have now. I don't have television and I think that makes all the difference for me. We got rid of it about 10 years ago due to financial reasons and I then realized how much more productive life is. We do have Netflix streaming and in the evening we do watch something but only for about an hour or so. I really like this post. Thanks!